Skip to main content
Publish date:

Watch: 2nd viral video by Minnesota drone pilot revealed

It's by the same drone pilot behind the viral "Right Up Our Alley" video that captured Hollywood's attention.

Another one-take drone video filmed at a Minnesota business is going viral, and really making people miss going to the movies. 

The video is by Jay Christensen, the same drone pilot who captured Hollywood's attention with his one-shot video called "Right Up Our Alley," filmed at Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis (read more about it and watch it here).

This video, titled "Mann Theatre FPV Fly Through," was shared on Facebook in January and posted to YouTube on Feb. 6 and features Mann Theatres' Plymouth Grand 15 in Plymouth. 

In the 1-minute, 16-second video, the drone flies into the theater and around the lobby, by the ticketing area and concessions, through the bar and down the hall into one of the XDX screening rooms, as a movie starts to play (and a cellphone goes off). The movie playing is a nod to the video itself, featuring the same drone shot from the beginning of the video. 

As of Thursday morning, it had more than 23,000 views on YouTube with some saying the video makes them miss going to the movie theater

It also captured the attention of former T-Mobile CEO John Legere, who called the video "the drone shot to end all drone shots."

In both videos, the only thing that was added in post-production was audio to cover up the buzzing sound the drone makes. 

Anthony Jaska, who directed the videos, told KARE 11 the bowling alley video wasn't produced as a commercial for the business but is meant to serve as a way to showcase the potential of storytelling through the use of FPV (first-person view), which uses a small drone that can fly into small spaces. Christensen said it's a "win-win" that they can highlight FPV and at the same time help out a local business. 

Jaska and Christensen told ABC the goal of these videos is to remind people of local businesses that are the hearts of the communities and are in need of support during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Since the bowling alley video went viral last week, Christensen told KARE 11 "several well-known directors" have reached out saying they liked the video and they'd love to have a drone operator on their movies, "so it really escalated quickly."

All of Minnesota-based Mann Theatres' eight locations are open to the public, as well as available to rent for private screenings for $99 (as of mid-February).

Next Up

Dalvin Cook

Report: Dalvin Cook has dislocated shoulder, will undergo MRI

The Vikings running back was carted off the field in Sunday's loss to the 49ers.

Kirk Cousins

Watch: Kirk Cousins lines up under guard on critical 4th down play

Kirk Cousins went "Full Kirk" at the worst possible time.

Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook injured, Vikings drop crucial game against 49ers

The Vikings couldn't stop the Niners' rushing attack in a 34-26 loss.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Man airlifted to a hospital after police shooting in Forest Lake

Police allege that the man presented a threat to officers.

Minnesota Wild

Wild's two third-period goals take down the Lightning

Ryan Hartman's go-ahead goal defeated the two-time defending champions.

Byron Buxton

Reports: Twins reach extension with Byron Buxton

The long-term deal locks in one of the Twins' franchise players.

Justin Jefferson

Vikings-49ers: 5 things you can count on

Sunday's matchup is a pivotal game in the NFC playoff picture.

Gopher Football

Watch: Gophers troll Badgers with 'Jump Around' after Saturday's win

First they took Paul Bunyan's Axe. Then they took their tradition.

Brandon Richart, missing person

Search underway for missing man in Anoka area

Brandon Richart was last seen Nov. 17.

U.S. Bank Stadium

5 teams win first state championships at Prep Bowl

A pair of records fell as the Prep Bowl lived up to the hype.


Screen Shot 2021-06-21 at 9.38.21 AM

Watch: Glensheen Mansion featured in latest one-shot drone video

The video captures the estate as it would have been soon after it was completed in 1908.

Screen Shot 2021-03-10 at 8.47.48 AM

Watch: One-shot drone tour of Bryant Lake Bowl is a viral sensation

The video, by Minneapolis videographer Jay Christensen, has made international news

Minneapolis skyline

Three-minute video love letter to Minnesota is an online hit

It's the work of Twin Cities videographer and drone pilot Tyler Mason.

Screen Shot 2021-04-14 at 2.38.15 PM

Viral drone video of Bryant Lake Bowl to be auctioned off as NFT

Non-fungible tokens are the latest craze in consumer finance.

Screen Shot 2019-08-15 at 7.42.13 AM

Viral video shows eagle dragging muskie out of St. Croix River

The video has gone viral with hundreds of thousands of views.

predator b

U.S. House wants to know why government flew Predator drone over MN protests

The U.S. House Oversight Committee is requesting information and documents from DHS.

kaplans tiktok

Minnesota grandparents go viral for 'distancing duo' songs on TikTok

Their most recent duet about getting their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine has gotten more than 67,000 likes.

Watch: Minnesota comedian's Polar Vortex report goes viral

Rob Fairbanks has a knack for making weather reports go viral.