Our Story

Aerial MOB and Vortex Aerial have been pioneers in the drone cinematography space for over 20 years combined. Both companies were apart of the small group selected by the Motion Picture Association in 2013 to develop the first set of safety protocols and regulations with the FAA in order for drones to be used on closed film sets legally in the United States.

The Industries Best & Most Trusted Aerial Drone Cinematography Company

Aerial MOB and Vortex Aerial are Emmy awarded pioneers in the drone cinematography space with over 20 years combined experience in the film production industry. After years of the two companies having a close working relationship, in August of 2019, Aerial MOB and Vortex Aerial merged to form one company under the parent company umbrella called Cinema Partners LLC. Combining the two brands, our clients enjoy a much larger stable of professional crew members, larger inventory of state of the art gear inventory, enhanced production support, and an overall stronger business foundation.

Management Team

Tony Carmean

CEO / Executive Producer View IMDb Profile As a founding partner and business lead/Executive Producer at Aerial MOB since 2012, Tony was instrumental in working with the FAA and Motion Picture Association in 2013 on establishing the first ever safety protocols and operational framework for the legal use of drone technology on close film sets. For his efforts, Tony and his business partners were awarded the first ever Emmy award for drone cinematography in 2016. Tony has continued to lead the company’s strategic vision in the film industry, while overseeing and producing the drone elements of a long list of feature films, television shows, and commercial productions.

Chris Schuster

COO / Executive Producer View IMDb Profile Forty-three years of piloting R/C aircraft, a Private Pilot rating, 107 sUAS licensed, an L600 Director of Photography, and a 12-year commercial sUAS industry veteran, Chris leads Vortex Aerial as one of the most industry mature operators of any company in the entire USA. A proactive and intuitive problem solver both on set and off with countless hours of stick time and hundreds of Film, Television, and Commercial Productions.

Lane Wooder

Production Supervisor View IMDb Profile Lane entered the world of film and video production in 2002, where his work ethic, leadership skills, business sense, and understanding of cutting-edge technology made him an asset to a large number of productions. He worked his way up the ranks to gain the positions of Stage Manager and Assistant Director on TV Shows, Commercials, and many other forms of media. Lane became one of the early adopters of using drones for aerial cinematography by starting up his own aerial services company in 2012. Through that he gained an excellent working knowledge of the technology and the industry as a whole, especially with FAA rules and regulations. He joined Cinema Partners in 2019, and has since strived to help it become the number one drone cinematography provider in the film/television industry.

Loic Maheas

Operations Manager/Lead Pilot View IMDb Profile Loic has been applying his skills in Aerial Cinematography since 2014 and has worked with the best directors and DPs in the industry. He has flown drones, from the smallest to the largest, in challenging settings on five continents. As operations manager and lead pilot he has a thorough understanding of the complexity of production on and off set. Loic is known to deliver careful attention to the demands of directors and DPs on set, always maintaining a highly professional work ethic.

Crews

We have highly experienced, professional crews in top production markets across the United States, offices and gear positioned in Los Angeles and Atlanta, and all supported by a production management team in our home based office in Los Angeles.

Our Clients Say It Best

Some of our clients' perspective working with our company, in their own words…

Ron Howard, Director

“In 2019, I worked with the team at Aerial MOB on a documentary titled “Rebuilding Paradise” and a feature film titled “Hillbilly Elegy”, and I really enjoyed working with them on both projects! They are total professionals and they made it look pretty easy in terms of making my vision for the aerial shots a reality.”

Dan Kelley – Bidding Producer

“As a Bidding Producer at SMUGGLER, (a leading global production company), my job is to make sure our bids are accurate, represent value, and are producible. I bid with Vortex Aerial because they are professional, responsive to their client’s needs, and they deliver top-notch service and execution.”

Jeff Valeri, UPM/Co-Producer

“I have worked with Aerial MOB on a few feature films over the last few years, most notably on Baby Driver back in 2016 and currently on Sweet Girl, and they always deliver! I highly recommend them for any film production that needs top-notch, professional drone cinematography!”

Kristen Ploucha – UPM/1st AD

“I have worked with Aerial Mob in the past few years on major feature films, including Venom and most recently Hillbilly Elegy this past summer. They are professional, do their homework, and always get the job done, even in the most challenging situations. They truly understand the aerial cinematography craft and their work looks amazing. A pleasure to work with.”

Igor Meglic – Feature Film 2nd Unit Director/DP

“Aerial MOB has worked on a couple of major projects of mine over the last couple years. They always deliver outstanding aerial drone cinematography!”

Phone

Los Angeles Office: 818.570.6840

Atlanta Office: 404.720.8164