About the author : Rodrigo Branco Matsumoto

Meet Rodrigo, our chief remote pilot here at Sky Perth, where he's been transforming aerial videography into captivating stories for over eight years. At the heart of Rodrigo's work lies a profound passion for both the art of flying and the art of storytelling. This combination has led his work to be featured on platforms like Netflix, Stan, AppleTV+, Disney+, SBS On Demand, and even internationally with ZDF in Germany.

Rodrigo's aerial videography and photography journey is a testament to his dedication to mastering this unique craft. From capturing the vast beauty of Australia's landscapes to the dynamic energy of urban life across the globe, his work offers viewers a fresh, sky-high perspective. It's not just about the technical expertise of handling a drone; for Rodrigo, every flight is an opportunity to tell a story, to reveal the unseen, and to share a new viewpoint with the world.

Renowned for his collaborative spirit and innovative approach, Rodrigo brings more than technical skills to every project at Sky Perth. Whether working on a documentary, a TV series, or a bespoke project, his focus remains on creating visuals that resonate deeply with audiences. His commitment to quality and ability to capture the heart of a story make him a skilled pilot and a storyteller of the skies.

Do you want to know more about Rodrigo? Check his website: rodmatsumoto.com

Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes in a bustling newsroom? I certainly have, and this curiosity led me to embark on an incredible journey. Along with my team at 7News and The West Australian, we explored these dynamic environments in a novel way – through the lens of FPV (First Person View) drones.

The concept was thrilling: to capture the vibrant life within two of Australia’s leading news organisations. It was a fusion of ambition and innovation but required more than creativity. One of our key steps was obtaining approval from CASA for FPV and BVLOS drone operations, ensuring our adventure was safe and compliant.

As I piloted the drones through the 7News and The West Australian corridors, I was struck by the unseen world of news-making. There were journalists, deeply engrossed in their stories, and a fascinating scene of AI robots and conveyor belts efficiently managing the newspapers. My from Sky Perth and I captured these unique moments with each flight, telling a story rarely seen by the outside world.

Manoeuvring drones in such intricate spaces was a challenge. I had to navigate carefully, avoiding obstacles to keep the footage smooth. This task was not just about flying drones; it demonstrated the incredible potential of FPV technology in journalism.

The footage we captured was extraordinary. It gives an immersive insight into how news is made from a perspective that’s new to most viewers. This project has captivated our audience and raised the bar for storytelling within our field.

This project was more than just a series of flights; it was a testament to our commitment to innovation in journalism. It’s an exciting time, and I am eager to see where our creativity and technological advancements will take us next.

I encourage you to watch this fantastic journey and share your thoughts.



Which part of the news-making process caught your attention the most? Please leave a comment and let me know!


Rodrigo Branco Matsumoto.

Source: Flying Through the World of News

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