Disney rumored to be using anti-drone drones to protect Star Wars filming
Disney production teams will soon be filming scenes for “Star Wars: Episode VIII” in Croatia, and the studio is rumored to be taking exceptional measures to keep any footage from leaking out.We looked at DroneShield a couple years ago.
The Croatian website Mos Croatia reports that Star Wars filming will take place from 9 to 16 March in the medieval city of Dubrovnik, and the website set off a storm of speculation after it claimed that Disney is hiring 600 security guards, including “a special team with drones” intended to secure the filming from “uninvited drones.”
Plenty of media outlets have run with the story, and the speculation appears to center on this snippet from Mos Croatia’s report:
there is a special team with drones that will remove the uninvited drones …It sounds like a plausible story, but according to Re/code, a source “close to the production” said those rumors were “untrue.”
What is true is that fans have used drones to get a glimpse of Star Wars filming before, although we don’t really know what the film-makers are doing to stop it.
Back in 2014, fanboys flew drones above an outdoor set at Greenham Common, UK, where crews were filming scenes from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the first movie in the series reboot that was released in December 2015.
Footage shot from a drone leaked out showing the set including a half-finished Millennium Falcon and an X-Wing fighter.
Motherboard reported that Pinewood Studios – where Star Wars was being filmed – had contracted with a US company called DroneShield to purchase anti-drone technology, but the deal fell through when the US State Department blocked the sale....MORE
And a more visually impressive technology in January's "There's A Drone Spying On Your Daughter and Using A Shotgun Is Frowned On In Many Locales......What to Do?"
And the eagles the Dutch police were training.
And some urban design elements that confuse drones.
I seem to be getting a bit obsessed.
I don't like bloody voyeurs, okay?
It might be time for a vacation.
Dubrovnik is nice and, coincidentally, just last week I was looking at some property.
Here's a drone's eye view: