Welcome to Stellar Visioning, an aerial cinematography company.

What’s in a name?

1. Of or relating to sky or stars
2. Excellence
1. The faculty, or manner of perceiving

What’s your vision?

At Stellar Visioning, we’ve been shooting aerial cinema for over 30 years. In fact, we’re behind some of the world’s most beautiful and famous images — from Fox’s multi-award winning Glee, to Showtime’s edge-of-your-seat sensation, Homeland. We know you have a vision and are passionate about it. And our passion is to make that vision a reality.

Change is good.

Today’s film industry is going through major transitions, some good and some bad. But one of the good changes is that shooting aerial with high-quality cameras like the Red Epic and Arri Alexa no longer requires a full-sized helicopter. With Stellar Visioning’s fleet of drones, pilots, and DPs, you can save money and time while making your production much safer. And better, too, because you can get shots that were never possible before.

We can get that in one!

Follow that convertible down a long and winding private driveway to a stately, Gatsbyesque mansion. Continue the shot up and through a window into an elegant sitting room. End on a close-up of a beautiful woman as she lifts a glass of wine to her lips. All in a single, seamless shot. Or the racing canyon road shot that goes into the tunnel. We fly behind, on sides and in front. What previously might have taken days to set up, rehearse, and shoot — changing to tracking or truck — can now be accomplished in minutes.

Alta Freefly

The Alta Freefly is the first multi-rotor drone with the camera mounted on top of the airframe as well as below. This lets you get all kinds of killer shots that weren’t possible before. Follow the train as it goes over a bridge, then shoot the tracks from below as the train speeds by. Shoot straight up at the stars. With this top mount option, our system can be used as the highest crane ever.

The possibilities are endless, as you can probably imagine. And we’d love to show you some other ideas, including how to use UAVs to replace many tracking shots.

A Full Aerial Arsenal

Stellar Visioning is equipped with an extensive array of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Drones) from small and fast quads that can enter tight spaces or chases, to giant multi-rotors such as our custom STELLAR X for heavy payload cameras with max flight times of up to 30 minutes. But we also have a fleet of full-sized helicopters and airplanes for long-range shoots. See EQUIPMENT page.

With us, you’re covered.

Aerial shooting involves complicated rules and regulations. And productions that don’t have proper flying credentials are being shut down all the time. With Stellar Visioning, that won’t happen to you. We are a fully insured (film industry standard) aerial cinematography company with FAA Section 333 Exemption and Part 107 licenses, including night flying.

Meet The Core Team

Joey Lugassy

Founder and Chief Visionary Officer (CVO)
UAV Certified Pilot
AMA Member
Senior Art Director
2 time Emmy Award Nominee
ABC, Disney, MTV, Paramount, Universal, FOX

James Sykes

James Sykes

Chief Drone Pilot
Sport Pilot
UAS Expert Pilot (7 Years)
Aerial Director of Photography
NBC, HBO, FOX, CNN, Netflix, Redbull, Intel,
Microsoft, Ferrari, British Petroleum

Jessar Cobe

Jessar Cobe

Pilot / Creative
Conventional Fixed Wing Pilot
Thousands of hours
UAV Builder
AMA Member
Universal Studios, 20th Century Fox, NBC, ESPN

Micheline Berry

Producer/Production Manager
Fox, Showtime, Disney, Amazon Prime

Michael Jennings

Michael Jennings

UAS Expert Drone Pilot (6 years)
Director of Photography
Chief Tech (CTO)
Remote Head Operator
Warner Brothers, HBO, Universal, Netflix,
Maserati, Lotus, Mitsubishi, Mercedes, Boeing

Ambika Leigh

Ambika Leigh

Editor, Producer & Post Workflow Specialist
Adobe Certified Expert, Premiere Pro CC
Post-Production Trainer for RED Digital Cinema
National Geographic, CNN, YouTube Studios, Sony, PBS, New Form Digital

Steve Howell

Director Of Photography
Full-size Airplane and Helicopter Pilot (45 Years)
UAV expert pilot (35 Years)
Aerial Director of Photography
3 Time Emmy Award Winner Aerial Cinematography
Society of Camera Operators (SOC)
NBC, Columbia Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, ESPN



This custom, ultra heavy-lifter is a DPs dream. Easily carries large format cameras or 2 REDs for 3D aerial. Plenty of power for 20 to 30 minute flight times, and high winds. In many cases, we can hang in the air while waiting for the next take.

Alta Freefly – 6 and 8 Props
With camera payload traditionally on the bottom or the unique ability to fly them on top. Use your imagination!

Inspire 2 Pro Apple ProRes 6K RAW
Great for speed, tight spots and agility for car chases or flying through a window. Massage and match in post.

Piper Cub Remote Airplane
Up to 1 hour of flight time



Robinson R66

Bell Jet Ranger




Arri Alexa Mini and Arri Alexa Mini LF

Red Monstro

Red Epic

Red Scarlet Weapon

Twin RED cameras for 3D

Sony F5,  F55,  FS700

Canon 1D C, C500

Panasonic GH4

Blackmagic Nikon D4 … and more!


Movi 15

Movi Pro

Movi XL


Movi Controller

Veracity Control Wheels – 3 Axis Brushless Gimbal Controller

Connex Wireless – Live HD Video

Several monitors including large HD screen


EarTec wireless headset system

Stellar XSay hello to my little friend…

Introducing STELLAR X, our custom, ultra heavy lifter with flight times up to 30 minutes and enough power and stability to combat high winds. STELLAR X can easily carry most any camera or lens a DP could dream up.

Stellar News

BLISS – Amazon Prime

Stellar Visioning is so pleased to be a part of this wonderful new film from Director Mike Cahill – I Origins, Another Earth, and Independence Day DP, Markus Forderer.

Homeland Season 8 – Showtime
Starring Claire Danes and Mandy Pitinkin

It’s been an honor for Stellar Visioning to play a part in making this epic series that has been riveting entertainment for 8 seasons.

Drake’s new star studded music video – Nice For What


Drake – Nice For What Cast


Olivia Wilde
Misty Copeland
Issa Rae
Rashida Jones
Jourdan Dunn
Tracee Ellis Ross
Tiffany Haddish
Tara Shahidi
Zoe Saldana
Elizabeth and Victoria Lejonhjärta
Letitia Wright
Bria Vinaite
Emma Roberts
Michelle Rodriguez

Homeland Season 7 – Showtime

On the set of Homeland Season 7 (LtoR) Stellar Visioning Founder, Joey Lugassy with Homeland DP, David Klein ASC

On the set of Homeland Season 7 with the Stellar Visioning team and faux militiamen.


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