What is it exactly that we are trying to accomplish with this book? The world that we live in is going through a very interesting and dramatic change. With the new interest in both commercial and hobby drones and quadcopters (4 propellers) our skies are going to become a very busy space. While that alarms some people, for others it is an incredible time. For the would-be filmmakers, this is an incredible time to be alive. Never before have we had so many tools at our disposal to create and innovate. With high quality cameras being upgraded with each and every intimation of cell phones, we each have the power to produce beautiful and stimulating photos and video. We can create content that can be enjoyed by ourselves, or farmed out to Instagram and YouTube. Our videos, movies and films can be used to document the world around us, report the news, look at things from a new perspective, and really gain a deep understanding of our environment. Sure, there will be some speed bumps along the way . . . but every revolution has issues in the beginning. Indeed, the laws governing what we can and can’t do will change as quickly as they’re drafted to deal with problems that we don’t know we will even face. But progress is like this. Fits and starts. We are going to guide you in your new endeavor, teach you about the kinds of drones you might enjoy flying; open you up to techniques that make you not only a safe pilot, but a great filmmaker! We want you to buy right, fly right, and shoot (film) straight. We will even discuss the notion of monetizing your videos and content. Yes, there is something for all of us here. Of course, there is no substitute for getting out there, buying a drone, and having some flight time under your belt . . . but we’re certainly going to give you the best chance for success. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at what a drone actually is and how we get here!