Fireworks are commonplace at celebrations and festivals around the world. July 4th in the United States, Diwali in India, Eid al-Fitr in South East Asia, Guy Fawkes Night in the United Kingdom, Bastille Day in France, Halloween in Ireland, Fallas in Spain and the Chinese New Year, to name a few, are all embellished with vibrant and colorful fireworks.
While fireworks have been the go-to option for hundreds of years, technology is advancing rapidly and we now have a more futuristic, greener alternative to staging dazzling nighttime shows: drones.
Christmas themed drone show
Drones and drone light shows are now on our doorstep and give us the ability to digitize night sky displays. Hundreds and sometimes thousands of these nimble small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), fitted with powerful LED lights, can be launched hundreds of feet into the sky. These flying pixels can be thought of as a digital version of fireworks that can tell magical stories in an environmentally friendly, reusable and non-polluting way.
The Drone Box shows that drones are designed in France in partnership with Parrot, the French drone manufacturer. Our drones can be reused show after show thanks to our maintenance our experts repair them and reassemble them when necessary, and as needed several times as needed.
Unlike fireworks, our solution does not produce any kind of waste or pyrotechnic gases. No residue is left on the show site. Used batteries (after 300 to 400 charge cycles) are recycled by one of our specialist partners.
Our drones have performed in more than 20 countries
worldwide, including Canada, United States and France, United Kingdom, China, India, Malaysia, UAE, Ireland, Czech Republic, Portugal and Italy.
We also provide permanent facilities for theme parks such as Disneyland, Futuroscope where our shows take place in venues with 1000 seats, 10 times a day.
How to evaluate the cost for our Drone Light Show ?
“Every so often a video of one of our drone shows goes viral, and we receive tons of questions on how we perform our shows — from the technology to the artistry. However, the most asked question, and by a fair margin is ‘How much does it cost?’.”— Jean-Dominique Lauwereins, Co-Founder & CTO, Dronebox.
Dronebox is one of the few drone show providers that specialise in both indoor and outdoor shows. Our indoor drone shows can cost anywhere between C$12000 and C$100000, while our outdoor shows start at C$60,000 and can go up to C$350,000 and higher. We also have an option for permanent/recurring drone shows for theme parks, circuses, etc. These are tailor-made shows and the price will depend on the requirements.
Like with all new technologies, the cost of drone light shows will find its equilibrium as the technology matures in the coming years. Although the prices have dropped considerably over the past few years, they are still relatively expensive. So if you’re planning on painting the sky with a marriage proposal, that might have to wait a few more years :).
There are no fixed price brackets for drone light shows as every show is tailor-made specifically for a particular event. Many factors like the country hosting the show, whether the show is indoors or outdoors, and the overall budget are all taken into consideration when designing a show.
If you are wondering what is included in the price; here is what we provide:
choreography creation by our top international artists
up to 15 minutes of drone flight time (usually 10 to 12 minutes are visible)
3D simulations of the show and an interactive 3D viewer to view the show from all angles
multiple iterations with the client
a full rehearsal on our private airfield in France
a full rehearsal of the final show on location
the final show!
Of course, the usual additional costs like the team’s travel and accommodation, the shipping and logistics of the drones and the on-site infrastructure at the show location will have to be taken into consideration as well. Generally, between 100 and 500 square meters of secured land space is required to take off and land the drones depending on the size of the drone fleet. We typically recommend 1 to 3 months of lead time to plan a show.
How many drones do you need?
The main factor driving the cost of a show up, is the number of drones involved. However, as each drone is, in essence, a pixel in the sky, the more drones you have, the more detail and higher resolution you can achieve.
The drones and the colours can be choreographed to offer unlimited creative possibilities in the sky
Finding the right balance between an increased number of drones to cater to artistic demands and keeping the show within budget is a tightrope walk. At Drone Box we have a team of experts on hand to guide you through this process.
Where would you like to see the next drone light show performed? Do you have an event in mind? Is there a particular choreography you would like to see the drones perform? Please share your thoughts in the comments. We would love to hear your views on the subject.
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To a year filled with opportunities!
While we are looking forward to performing at some fantastic events with you this year, we thought we'd take a moment to give you a quick recap of some of the latest happenings at Drone Box over the last few months.
Drone Box's drones play the part
Many top brands are now including drone shows in their video communications as a way to capture the audience's attention while conveying a message, introducing new branding or even featuring the protagonist of an upcoming film. The Drone Box team recently produced two drone shows for video shoots in France and Spain and one live event in Abu Dhabi. We invite you to discover the artistic and technical feats accomplished in the videos below:
400 Drone Box drones donned the role of actors and flew alongside the Eiffel Tower for a video shoot in Paris. A poetic and innovative way for the Disney+ team to wish the world a Happy New Year.
Drone Box had the pleasure of producing a drone show for the promotion of the animated fantasy film "Over the Moon". Our team took on the technical challenge of aligning a drone ballet with the full moon.
Drone Box drones circled the octagon earlier this week ahead of Conor McGregor's much anticipated return at UFC 257 on Fight Island. Watch