“Drone” was produced as part of the graduate film program at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. After a highly competitive, studio-like pitch process, it was selected for one of the most prestigious, flagship production courses at the school, receiving full funding and top faculty mentorship.
Synopsis: A rookie Air Force drone pilot finds himself increasingly attached to a target he watches from halfway around the world.
Director’s Statement: Working on this film has been an extremely fulfilling experience for us as storytellers. The topic of drone warfare is an important and controversial one. Most people know very little about it, but it has become a rather heated subject of debate. When I first read the script to “Drone” and completed the initial research, I realized we had a journalistic responsibility to tell the story the right way. That only came into fruition when retired airman Brandon Bryant, an actual drone sensor operator who has spoken publicly about his experiences, offered us his support and consultation. His blessing allowed our talented crew and our lead actors, Daniel Sharman and Michael Trucco, to embark on a mission to show audiences the world that these drone pilots live in and how difficult it is for them to do their jobs. We hope that on a human level, it raises awareness on the topic and asks important questions for society to think about as we move into the future.