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Living in the Age of AIRPLANES

24 October 2016

Living in the Age of AIRPLANES, Brian J. Terwilliger (director), 2016, ASIN B01LZYQ0XR, 47 minutes running + 40 minutes special features


The pure joy of flight bonds those on the ground with those in the air (here on the beach in St. Maarten)—image provided by National Geographic

National Geographic never never fails to awe with imagery and information and their newest DVD/Blu-Ray/iTunes (47 minute run time + 40 minutes of special features) is incredible. Living in the Age of Airplanes is narrated by aviator/actor Harrison Ford has 95 filming locations in 18 countries spread over the seven continents. No ordinary film is Living in the Age of AIRPLANES with James Horner’s original musical creations and the research as well as filming taking six years. Terwilliger used the most modern ARRI ALEXA digital cinema camera (130 pounds for camera and tripod) capturing visual imagery with top-notch clarity, superior color rendition and absolutely no shutter roll back. Shots were taken of ancient and modern wonders as well as exotic locals and working spaces—but it is perhaps the people over the world which are most captivating. The filming done at the South Pole where the compass rose has a north arrow at each cardinal point (see people run around the world in mere seconds, too) as well as a shots of a Trans Maldivian Twin Otter flying and skimming the ocean from below are especially pleasant to witness.

Harrison Ford’s narration voice is deeper and smoother than his movie voice—possessing a distinctive yet smooth silkiness. His love of flying and belief in how airplanes have connected the world, produced a world economy shared by most of us and rendered few places remote can be sincerely felt. Insights, many of them new but all refreshing without being clichéd, abound in the five parts of the film. Perhaps most impactful is, “We go to the world and the world comes to us.”

From the savannas of Africa to warehouses in Amsterdam the material is visually exciting, the music engaging and Harrison Ford’s narration as welcoming as a dear friend’s. Living in the Age of AIRPLANES is marked by vivid imagery taken in locations which, though far-flung on a map, are only hours away by airplane—and that is the theme director Brian Terwilliger and photography director Andrew Waruszewski show, how airplane travel has closely connected us all on this planet. Watch for its release on October 25th!

Check the Living in the Age of AIRPLANES web site out here.

The images in this post (below) are a tiny sample of the vivid, exotic and intriguing content of this newest release:


DVD cover of Living in the Age of Airplanes—image provided by National Geographic


Night landing in a FedEx cargo aircraft—image provided by National Geographic


Hong Kong, the eternally fascinating city and easily reached by air—image provided by National Geographic


A Trans Maldivian Twin Otter coming in over a reef in the Maldives, exotic islands reached in mere hours by air so they are no longer remote—image provided by National Geographic


Twin Otter flown by Trans Maldivian before its sharp right turn followed by backing onto the beach where guests may have flown away from poor weather at home only the day prior—image provided by National Geographic


A turboprop powered DC-3 flown by Kenn Borek Air, Ltd. skiing on Antarctic ice (aircraft make a greater variety of research possible by being less limited by geographic or time constraints)—image provided by National Geographic


Finbacks and mesas in Monument Valley (vast expanses can best be understood from the air)—image provided by National Geographic


A small portion of the millions of flowers transiting by air through Amsterdam daily (˜5 million per day from 60 countries) where roses can be cut in Kenya and in an Alaskan home in just under 4 days—image provided by National Geographic


African elephants crossing a remote runway while trekking (the adage: a mile of runway connects to the world)—image provided by National Geographic

The extras are:

  • ALASKA FLYING: Montage of deleted footage with airplanes exploring the remote Alaskan wilderness
  • 3 STORIES IN 4 MINUTES: Three stories—One Camera, Underwater in the Maldives, Journey to the South Pole
  • PLANE SPOTTING: A collection of the crew’s best takeoff & landing shots captured on 5 continents
  • FLIGHT OVER AFRICA: The biplane sequence from the film “Out of Africa” re-created 30 years later
  • IMPOSSIBLE SHOTS: VISUAL EFFECTS—Go behind-the-scenes and learn how the impossible shots in the film came to life 
  • MAKING OF THE ALASKA HOUSE: Get an inside look at how the sequence in the Alaska House was created
  • HAWAII [DELETED SCENE]: One of the most remote places on Earth is almost exclusively visited by air
  • FLOWER SEQUENCE “DECONSTRUCTED”: A unique, real-time look inside one of the film’s most complex sequences
  • ALASKA FLYING II: Same visuals as “Alaska Flying” with the addition of radio communications
  • SEEING AVIATION FOR THE FIRST TIME: Witness aviation through the eyes of a group of kids in Kenya, Africa
  • IN-FLIGHT PREMIERE: Experience a first-of-its-kind premiere as the film debuts on board an Emirates A380


Thanks to Karen Tran of Big Time PR & Marketing for providing the screening link, images and material used in this post.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 11 October 2016 10:33

    I won’t take up the space in your comments section that I would need to describe my feeling about flying. As you know, going solo is an experience like no other.

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