Aside from a bit of experimentation at an air show in the summer of 2013, this was my first real experience filming at an aviation-related event. I did not have any special access – this was filmed from the spectator area, as best I could.
For this short film to be effective, I felt it was very important to depict the intricate, and graceful interplay between the ground crew, and the pilots/aircraft.
I shot much of this at 240 frames-per-second. By showing the action at 1/8 speed, one’s eye can linger on dramatic details/moments that would barely have registered at a normal frame rate. This also allowed the spinning propellers to be slowed down enough to be seen, producing a more interesting and ‘flowing’ image. I think it worked well, especially for a short piece like this.
Next year, I plan on being there both days – and getting a lot more (and better) footage.
It’s a really fun event – check it out if you are in the area (Olympia, WA – Olympic Flight Museum).
[Shot on a Sony® FS700 camera with Sony® 18-200 3.5-6.3 lens]
©2014 David Louis Quinn