Documentary for TV

 

VISUAL EXPERIENCE IN A DOCUMENTARY. 

A multi part documentary for broadcast television will be produced and several broadcasters who specialise in this sort of material have expressed an interest. It is a unique subject and such a documentary has not been made before. It is usual for filming, both on the ground and from above, to show some interesting sections in unusual locations. This documentary will give viewers a record of the complete flight. Viewers will be immersed in the splendour of the landscape and the drama in the cramped cockpit. They will share the experiences of the crew as they cope with weather changes and air traffic control problems. On the ground they will understand the frustration of dealing with officialdom and technical issues.

The plan is to equip the aircraft with five cameras, two outside on the wings and three inside the cockpit and lots of video and still photographs will be taken along the route. Cameras can film the side of the aircraft and will be used to include the logo of all donors in the documentary on many occasions.

Two cameras inside the aircraft will cover the activity in the cockpit as the pilot and navigator deal with flying the plane. Finally a hand held camera will be used to take footage at every refuelling and overnight stop. Corrugated iron hangers with a backdrop of snow covered mountains in rural Alaska or sand dunes in the Mongolian wilderness will be the norm.

The data from all these sources will form the documentary which will be produced by a specialist producer. The documentary will include pre-flight footage showing fundraising at events, training and preparation.

While all the channels that were contacted were keen their criteria was a problem, they would require a cameraman, a soundman and their equipment in the aircraft. There isn’t enough space for this and the weight limit for the aircraft would be exceeded. After taking advice the decision was taken  that Dot and Jim will film and photograph most of the documentary content then a professional team will produce the actual programme from the inflight, ground and departure and arrival footage.

The TV promotion has started with an interview by Mark Edwardson from BBC Northwest Tonight which was also shown on BBC Breakfast.

Making a donation to this project is important but the returns have to be taken into consideration. Your logo on the aircraft will be seen by people in all the countries along the route. We will, obviously, be engaging with local media there and even if your company is not commercially active in that country it will be associated with other donors on the aircraft that are well known there and at home. All the logos on the aircraft are arranged so that they can be clearly seen by anybody, with or without a camera, who is standing nearby at the forty or more memorable places that the plane will land during the journey.

In March Dot and Jim went to City Airport, Barton again to meet up with the film crew who will be working on the documentary. They spent many hours setting up cameras, lights and microphones to capture all the goings on as Jim attempted to fly the LAC simulator to Blackpool! Waiting for the right weather to film in an actual airplane  proved  frustrating so the decision was taken to film a virtual flight.

Jim in control at LAC flying school simulator.

It has proved a very useful exercise as the director realised some of the cameras were in the eye line of the pilot, others were just too big and that Dot needs to be able to see what the lenses are looking at and control the filming from inside the cockpit. So it seems the crew have lots of ideas to make the episodes interesting for the viewers and they will be doing a lot more filming before take off.

CONTACT JIM TODAY YO MAKE SURE YOUR NAME IS ON THE PLANE OR YOUR COMPANY LOGO IS VISABLE FOR VIEWERS AND SHOWS YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE WORK OF THE ALZHIEMERS’S SOCIETY