THE BROTHERS SUN – Justin Chien Shares What It’s Like Working With Drones in Action Sequences

Justin Chien shot scenes with drones flying around and under him in 'The Brothers Sun,; so we asked him about it.
The Brothers Sun

On the set of the new Netflix action-comedy family drama series, The Brothers Sun, Justin Chien not only faced the challenge of delivering a compelling performance but also navigated the technical complexities of modern filmmaking. His experience working with drones during the shooting of the series offers an intriguing look into the innovative and challenging aspects of creating action-packed sequences.

The Intricacies of Filming with Drones

Justin Chien’s recount of shooting the action sequence with an active drone sheds light on the intricate process behind the dynamic and immersive action scenes that have become a hallmark of the series.

“So we were, we had an amazing drone op. So thank you for asking that. Shout out to Tommy. We had two versions of the drone, one which is larger to carry a red and one which is smaller to carry GoPro. So you have these like blades warring around my head, but luckily they were built around with guards. So I trusted them fully. I mean, it went between my legs at one point. I think I hit it once or twice, but they were like, you know, it’s not going to hurt. It’s just really, really loud.”

-Justin Chien, Charles Sun in The Brothers Sun-

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Chien’s recount of his experience with drones on set offers a glimpse into the intricate and often challenging aspects of shooting action-packed sequences. The use of drones in filming has revolutionized the way action scenes are captured, adding a dynamic and immersive element to the storytelling.

Elevating the Television Action

The Brothers Sun, a series that combines action, comedy, and drama, heavily relies on innovative filming techniques to bring its story to life. The series, created by Byron Wu and Brad Falchuk, is set in a world where family ties and triad conflicts intertwine, demanding a high level of technical proficiency in its execution.

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The use of drones, as described by Chien, is a testament to the series’ commitment to pushing the boundaries of television production. It also highlights the evolving landscape of filmmaking, where technology plays a crucial role in enhancing the viewer’s experience. Justin Chien’s insights into the challenges and excitement of working with drones on The Brothers Sun set not only underscore his versatility as an actor but also the series’ innovative approach to storytelling.

The Brothers Sun is now streaming exclusively on Netflix.

About The Brothers Sun

The Brothers Sun

Release Date: January 4, 2024
Created By: Brad Falchuk, Byron Wu
Executive Producers: Brad Falchuk, Byron Wu, Mikkel Bondesen, Kevin Tancharoen
Producers: John H. Radulovic
Distribution: Netflix
Cast: Michelle Yeoh, Justin Chien, Sam Song Li, Highdee Kuan, Joon Lee, Jon Xue Xhang, Alice Hewkin, Jenny Yang, Madison Hu

When the head of a powerful Taiwanese triad is shot by a mysterious assassin, his eldest son, legendary killer Charles “Charileg” Sun (Justin Chien) heads to Los Angeles to protect his mother, Eileen (Michelle Yeoh), and his naive younger brother, Bruce (Sam Song Li) – who’s been completely sheltered from the truth of his family until now. But as Taipei’s deadliest societies and a new rising faction go head-to-head for dominance – Charles, Bruce and their mother must heal the wounds caused by their separation and figure out what brotherhood and family truly mean before one of their countless enemies kills them all.

Have you watched The Brothers Sun yet? What do you think of the action set pieces? Could you imagine learning a fight scene and having to incorporate a live drone while doing it? Let us know your thoughts on the series on our Discord!

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