L.A. DRONES

AUSTIN JAMES SMITH

Entrepreneur, ceo, creative director
technologist, writer, musician, inventor

ABOUT


AJS is the founder & creator of L.A. Drones, Future Grade, Goodshift, aw3s and over ten different IoT, AI, algorithmic, and experiential micro-products, including Dronie Booth, CineSnap, FanCam Live, etc   AJ specializes in business development, creative engineering solutions, bespoke, brand content campaigns, experiential technology, live broadcast production, visual directing, creative marketing consulting, video editing, sound design, and of course, building and leading highly specialized, rockstar teams.  We know, it’s too much too work…  but it does.


AJS is  an award winning creative director, Clio-winning brand experience developer, and a highly sought after leader for all end to end future-tech content and experiential marketing.


  All of his entities, have been self funded, bootstrapped and built from the ground up.

When he’s not focused on business development, AJS is an industry leading Producer & Creative Director for the NFL, Intel, Amazon, Warner Bros, SoFi Stadium, the Famous Group and many more.  Whether its explosive one-offs, or multi-year, multi-million dollar campaigns, his novel, creative-tech driven approach, and relentless work ethic has yielded 15 years of successful projects and products.  AJS is also an avid investor and productive ally for his partners, including the Motoring Club, Epica Robotics, Landover 5G, and many more.  AJS is in the process of developing his latest Web 3.0, NFT, and Blockchain Tech Creative Agency – aw3s.

Frames from the field.

"Experience will always be your best performing asset, so go all in. Accumulate as much of it as possible, and the path will continue to reveal itself. Experience begets humility, and humility is core of self confidence." - AJS

Titans Years 2
AJS directing Derek Henry and the Tennessee Titans for their "thunderous" year 2 opener.
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Tailored innovation,
for every project

"What sets us apart, is our ability to create custom built, tech-driven solutions, bespoke to a single shot, experience, campaign and ultimately, vision of the brand. Having visual, software, engineering and fabrication personnel under one roof, allows us to create new means for brands to connect with their audience, every time. The result is a more organic, memorable & often revelatory experience for fans + consumers."

Major Project Execution

The big ones, end to end project execution. Campaign creation, technology development, experiential activations, and content capture.

Tennessee Titans Home Opener

AJS wrote and directed this home opener for the Tennessee titans, now playing every Sunday at Nissan stadium.

JPL & NASA

Product developer and aerial director for the aerofilm agl initiative, building ai / 3d / state of the art camera products
for earth / planet science.

Jurassic World

Custom built flying Jurassic World dino's for Universal, live activation at Hollywood sign.

Amazon Intersect

All digital content campaigns for Amazon and Intel during Intersect festival.

Live VR @ CES Keynote

300 Googles, for the biggest in press. Live aerial VR demo for the CES keynote.

Summer of X-Games

Multi state, multi-activation and content campaign w/ Intel, X-Games, and many more.

Ferrari x Intel

A three year, multi million dollar campaign, driving a motorsports broadcast that featured 5 drones and AI powered graphics.

SoFi Stadium Campaigns

Austin James Smith and LA Drones have partnered with SoFi stadium to provide all aerial and specialty content for the Chargers, Rams and more.

Nissan Ghost

multi-camera, TECH driven capture for nissan, aerial directed by ajs.

Sky View Observatory

Custom immersive elevator content experience built for the Columbia
Center in Seattle.

Dunk Drone

The build, the tests, and epic story behind working with Aaron Gordon for the NBA Dunk Contest.

Bellagio Light Show

250 drones flying in formation with the Bellagio fountain for CES.

Project Teams

Assembling and leading the best teams in the tech and media industries

When the conch shell is blown, the all stars assemble.  AJS brings together the most talent, highly specialized individuals in the world, hand picked based on each project.  

CONTENT

Where it all began. From commercial cinema production to unique viral marketing campaigns, AJS has over 2 billion views on content to date.

ENGINEERING

We design and build smart products. We then take that knowledge and apply it to branded customer experiences. AI, VR / AR, Robotics, Lights, Software, Hardware, and so much more.

LIVE

From broadcast to full live experience and multi-year projects, we have the teams that know how to execute from pre-pro to post.

Artificial Intelligence

Real time AI detection, object classification, and scalable applications thru computer vision.

Smart Hardware

Hardware, Software, SDK & IoT development for interactive smart products.

Robotics

Custom built robots and capture platforms for real world applications.

CLIENTS

TECH, CONTENT AND EXPERIENCES FOR ALL

L.A. Drones Clients | Aerial Cinema Portfolio

AJS Ventures

four unique companies, driving innovation through new technology development

Talk to us today

new clients, agencies, partnerships, investors, friends. lets go.
aj@la-drones.com
www.la-drones.com

www.future-grade.com

www.shift.la
AJS Ventures HQ
4112 Del Rey Ave.
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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