Viral bowling alley drone vid gets sequel! See this epic Mall of America fly-through

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(Image credit: Rally Studios)

If you liked the Bryant Lake Bowl drone video that went viral recently, then you’ll love its makers’ latest film – a first-person drone video that winds its way through the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, and its theme park, Nickelodeon Universe.

Rally Studios, the Minneapolis creative studio whose jaw-dropping drone video of their local bowling alley went viral, have upped the ante this time, setting up a hugely complicated and expertly choreographed drone shoot inside the nearby shopping mall.

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The 2-minute 17-second one-shot video takes viewers through the mall’s atrium and over the Kaleidoscope public art installation, before flying into Nickelodeon Universe, the seven-acre theme park in the center of the mall. From there, the drone chases roller coasters and weaves in and out of other attractions before being caught by a crew member outside the Lego store.

Although it is not clear what drone the team used to film the video, it aerial capabilities seem on a par with those of racing first-person-view (FPV) drones like the DJI FPV Combo.

Rally Studios is best known for its recent release of 'Right Up Our Alley', an 87-second video of a one-shot FPV drone swooping through Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis that has captivated millions of people worldwide.

The video went viral after it was posted on Reddit in March, and has been featured in news outlets worldwide, including BBC News, CNN and the New York Times.

Rally Studios decided to call the new film 'The Quack Attack is Back' as in parts it follows the Rally crew in rollerblades – a nod to the mall scene in the 1994 movie D2: The Mighty Ducks.

According to the Twin Cities website, Rally Studio's cinematographer and drone pilot Jay Christensen, said, “Our entire team has always been huge fans of Mall of America and dreamed of setting up a drone shot there even before the Bryant Lake Bowl footage caught like it did.” 

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Laurence McJannet

Laurence is an NCTJ-trained journalist with nearly 20 years' editorial experience gained on a wide range of publications, from The Beirut Times in Lebanon to The Sunday Times, and including recent freelance engagements with Future's cycling and automotive portfolios, Outdoor Fitness, and The English Home. He has recently been undertaking a sports broadcast journalism MA at Southampton Solent, gaining valuable TV and radio experience, and am currently videographer for Frome Town FC soccer team. He is the author of Bikepacking (Wild Things Publishing, 2016).