The Money Shot

by Bryce Benlon

DHTV is taking its attack plan to new heights during the production of its latest documentary project, a film focusing on the pre-Royals-era Kansas City A's.

While the crew lacks no confidence in their storytelling abilities, they're always aiming higher. Anybody in a creative field will agree, there's nothing more fulfilling than the golden "a-ha" moment. a.k.a. 'the money shot'.

The goal is to create a shot that looks like a continuous aerial shot from the site of the now demolished Municipal Stadium to Kauffman Stadium more than five miles away. This effect in particular took hours of planning and meticulous precision, and not without many trials and road blocks. But if Orville and Wilbur were here they'd tell you the same: persistence is key.

And charged batteries. Those are good too. 

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Step 1: Find your starting point and compose the first part of the shot. 

Step 1: Find your starting point and compose the first part of the shot. 

Step 2: After the first shot is established, map out a preferred path to ensure the most awe-worthy way from A to B

Step 2: After the first shot is established, map out a preferred path to ensure the most awe-worthy way from A to B

Step 3: Apply a marker-friendly panel over your screen for ultimate precision - use minimal gaffer's tape. Bonus points for sleek engineering.

Step 3: Apply a marker-friendly panel over your screen for ultimate precision - use minimal gaffer's tape. Bonus points for sleek engineering.

Step 4: Check for clear skies and an optimal lighting hour by the sun. A poorly lit shot will ruin any film's chance.

Step 4: Check for clear skies and an optimal lighting hour by the sun. A poorly lit shot will ruin any film's chance.

Step 5: Acquire final shot and bring home the Oscar winner

Step 5: Acquire final shot and bring home the Oscar winner

Keep coming back and checking out our Facebook page to find out the progress of the documentary

See more of our aerial video here