EP03: Gabe Rovick - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and the Future of Media
Our guest today is Gabe Rovick, co-owner and director at F4D Studio, also known as Focus 4 Design, a boutique production house located in Denver Colorado.
Gabe talks about going from inspiration to success, and shares his knowledge of drones in the media business. Check out our show notes below, and be sure to post any comments or questions you may have. Thanks for listening!
4:50 – Gabe gets inspiration to dream big working with celebrity photographer David LaChapelle
in LA http://www.davidlachapelle.com/
6:15 – starving artist gets job at restaurant, with commitment to self to get out of restaurant
industry as soon as possible
7:15 – Gabe sets monetary goal to transition from waiting tables to his business full time
8:15 – from empty warehouse to design studio
10:45 Gabe admits where most of the revenue is invested in the business vs. paying himself
11:10 Start discussion about drones in the media business
11:45 How much does an octocopter drone used for professional shoots cost?
12:26 – FAA has not finalized laws, how to operate in an unsure space?
13:10 – What is the process to go from Photography student to licensed sport pilot
15:55 Weed delivery by drone – https://trees.delivery/
16:10 – Gabe discusses some of his understanding of FAA regulations: note – not legal advice
16:40 – How many entities have a 333 exemption to commercially fly drones? How many people
will own drones by Christmas 2015?
16:50 – In media business, they are called UAV, not drones.
17:06 http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/ to get info on FAA regulations
18:10: What is a COA, and why are they needed for flying UAVs at events?
18:55 Registration of UAVs
22:00 Benefits of owning your own media company
24:20 Gabe's perspectives on mistakes in business and lifestyle
25:10 – On running a business and keeping passion in your lifestyle
26:30 How to achieve “Your job should be as cool as your friends think it is”
27:20 – Balancing a partnership in an artistic company
31:20 – How to incorporate your lifestyle design into your business
33:45 telling inspiring stories for a living
34:30 Tommy Caldwell, The Dawn Wall https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLd_c4CjG44
35:45 Future of media, video, and advertising
36:00 Action Sports Videographers into Virtual Reality: http://brainfarmcinema.com/,
37:30 – Want to get into photography and cinematography? What camera should you start with?
38:25 – Lightning Round
If you have a story to tell, or new product or brand that you want to tell the world about, go to
www.f4dstudio.com and check out Gabe and Focus 4 Design.
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