TomH
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Movie And The Airlines

Mon Dec 09, 2002 9:24 pm

In that there have been many movies showing military flying, I wonder if anyone can answer the following questions, which I place here to entice some discussion about airlines and how they are portrayed in movies. I have placed it in the photography forum because movies are lots of little photos moving very fast behind a lens. Big grin

Why is it there has never been a serious film about the airline industry? The efforts have either been farces, or they have been action-films about crashes and disasters. How is it that such an exciting industry never is portrayed in a way that would show the positive impact on society and the global economy when airline professionals do their job competently and effectively, getting people and products to their destinations safely and on time? It happens every day, and little credit is given to those who make it possible.

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RE: Movie And The Airlines

Mon Dec 09, 2002 9:39 pm

I would put a small wager that the industry puts pressure to prevent such movies being made, or at least will not be co-operative. Why? Well lets face it a film about building/operating aircraft would not be rivetting material unless "something goes wrong" to add a bit of dramatic tension.

The commerical aviation industry is absolutely paranoid about associating the word "crash" with its products in any context - which is why you don't see airline ads extolling the airline's safety record - even the phrase "we don't crash" is deemed to associate aircraft and crashing in the minds of the public!

So Hollywood is faced with a choice - either make a film about crashes, hijacks etc. etc. and to hell with authenticity or work with the industry to make a technically accurate presentation - but no thrills! Which do you think will win at the box-office  Smile

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RE: Movie And The Airlines

Tue Dec 10, 2002 6:32 am

I have to agree with Colin here. With the general public being such an ill informed (both by intent and ignorance) and fickle bunch the aviation industry has to try real hard to always maintain a positive image lest the $$ start to drift off to the opposition.

That said, I've noticed an increase in the number of fly on the wall documentaries about Airlines, Airports and airframers...no engine manufacturers for some reason... we're not that dull surely?  Wink/being sarcastic

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RE: Movie And The Airlines

Tue Dec 10, 2002 8:54 am

Rez - my guess is that these fly on the wall programs are essentially people focussed - airports and airlines are great for characters and profiles ... airframes are, I guess, sort of newsworthy and recognised by people. Engines, maybe a stage too far removed from what the general public deals with on a daily basis.

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RE: Movie And The Airlines

Tue Dec 10, 2002 9:11 am

Colin - They are indeed people focussed and I dare say you've seen one or two of them, being a Brit.

The programs I'm thinking of are Airport.... about the people who work in airports (and responsible for the rise to fame of one Jeremy Spake), Airline.... about the trials and tribulations of EasyJet and 21st Century Jet, about the design and development of the Boeing 777.

As an aside if you (plural) were lucky enough to pickup a copy of Flight international last week you will have no doubt noticed the EADS promo CD inside the cover... some great material on there including a 'Fast Forward' movie of the build sequence for the first A340-600 flying prototype!

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RE: Movie And The Airlines

Tue Dec 10, 2002 9:53 am

Still, with all the shows that come and go, one would think there would be room for character or two to be involved in the airline industry. The only one I can recall was twenty years ago when Bob Newhart's show included a neighbor who was a pilot. Then again, he was depicted as an obsessive character who got laid off from the major airline and took a job with a freight outfit. H'mm, not a character to induce confidence in the industry-but something you could expect Newhart to have fun with.
 
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RE: Movie And The Airlines

Tue Dec 10, 2002 10:08 am

There was a British drama series a few (15?) years back called, I think Airline, about the creation of an airline in post war Britain (Berlin Airlift period) which wasn't bad as I recall ... and at the other extreme, a more recent Brit (or more precisely Scottish) sitcom called "Highlife" - which was probably truer to life than we'd like to think  Smile

But trying to veer back on topic, one sequence that sticks in my mind is a film I saw about the Confederate Air Force which begins with a head on sequence of a B25 shot with an extreme telephoto through lots of heat haze to the sound of Pink Floyd's "Shine on you Crazy Diamond" - if that rings any bells, I'd sure apprceiate a reference!

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Colin

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