Finally, some useful information and constructive criticism. Thank you.
This, I appreciate.
Now, let me just explain why
I film the way I do. Because there is
a reason for it.
Filming departure rolls:
1. Do not use the zoom while the aircraft is rolling. I would prefer to see a wide angle shot of the flight deck during the departure roll. Using a zoomed in view obscures all instrumentation from view, and doesn't allow visualization of cockpit activities; i.e., throttle advancement, control column manipulations, and other actions taken by the crew.
Unlike the human eye, a film camera can NOT show the bright outside light and
the dimmed cockpit light correctly at the same time.
Either t shows a correct exposed outside, or
a correct exposed cockpit.
This is why I select oe of them. For takeoffs I choose to show the runway ahead, as this is what most viewers have indicated as the main interest on takeoff.
However, on dusk/dawn and night flights this isn't an issue and i always
zoom off completely, and even use a special wideangle lens to capture all
movements and activities in the cockpit and surroundings. I wish
all flights were filmed during these hours of the day, because it's beautiful and it looks good on video.
This isn't possible as you understand and we have to do the best of the situation. This is what I have done by selecting one of the 2 possible solutions. When I started filming this series, I did what you say. I zoomedoff completely and showed as much as possible, only to be confronted with complaints because you can't see the cockpit for example during daylight (When exposed for outside light) and vise versa.
So, until cameras are as good as the human eye, this is the best you can do.
2. Avoid filming out the side cockpit window. The great thing about cockpit videos is the ability to have the pilot's perspective. The scenery is great to see, but it is more entertaining when filmed from the crews perspective.
film out the side window during takeoff, except after rotation when we have a positive rate of climb and nothing can be seen in the front windows. I then always switch to show the pilot in command's actions mixed with a view outside the side window. This is because most of the customers buying these DVD's are interested in the scenery around the airports during takeoff and landing.
If we were to film only inside
the cockpit, then we could just as well film it in a simulator. You would never see the difference.
This is real flights in real situations. A reference is always good to have, so you can get a bit of the experience in the comfort of your home. So you can see how high we are, how high the mountains are around us on takeoff etc...
3. This is more of an editing criticism: I would prefer that the takeoff segments include footage of the aircraft taking position on the runway. Several of the takeoff segments on the JP videos start as the aircraft is already positioned on the runway, with the engines spooling up. It's nice to see the 30-60 seconds prior to the departure roll.
I agree with you on this point actually. But I understand why the producer has decided to do it his way. With more that 10 takeoffs on a DVD it would be a lot of watching slow taxiing to the runway. I believe there's always one or two takeoffs with a lot more time before takeoff roll, but like you say, many are cut short to make the DVD more interesting with less waiting.
4. Avoid sudden changes in camera position during the departure roll; Example: suddenly changing from a front to side view. A side view; however, is nice after rotation.
Like I said above, I NEVER
film out the side window during takeoff roll.
So, this must have been on a DVD somebody else has filmed.
All my takeoff rolls are filmed with the camera fixed on the runway until rotation.
Landing and final approach:
1. Again, try and keep the filming from the crews perspective, and avoid side shots. When the runway becomes in view, it's nice to keep it in site and enjoy the entire approach from the crews point of view. Many instances on the JP videos, side views are used during the majority of final approach, and the runway is brought into view only on short final. On some segments on the Canadian North DVD, the runway is not filmed at all.
Again, when we started to film this series, over 130 airlines ago.....
We filmed the complete approach with runway in sight ahead.
Let me tell you how boring that is! We don't want our viewers to fall asleep while wathing these DVD's.
So, what I do is to film the runway/airport as soon as it's in sight. Then film the pilot in command's actions, instruments, flap setting etc so you, the viewer, knows in what stage of the approach we are in.
Again it's interesting to see the scenery, how high the mountains really are around this airport etc..
I always show the runway ahead of us now and then to keep the viewer updated on our approach.
The segments on Canadian North, I will not comment on. I didn't film this one,and I haven't seen it.
2. As stated above, avoid zooming in on the runway. This distorts what is actually seen from the cockpit.
Again, like I stated above, is unfortunately necessary unless filming is done during dusk/dawn etc...
3. Film significant cockpit activities, and focus less on outside scenery. Examples, extension of the flap and speed brake levers, lowering the landing gear, etc.
Just a few lines above you wanted me to film the runway for the whole approach ? Because it's not possible to get perfect exposure on both
inside and outside on the same time, I have to choose.
That's why I film according to my explanation in number 1 (landing)
4. Avoid drastic camera movments during critical phases of the approach. In several instances, the aircraft will be at <1000 ft or on short final, and the camera will suddenly move off of the runway, and begin filming from another perspecti
I only film out the side windows if there is something of interest to see.
If there's only haze or clouds, I always focus on the pilot in command's actions and the instruments. But if we pass a beautiful view of the city or the shoreline, then I naturally film that. That is what this series is all about.
Read the following line, taken from the producer, on the website http://www.worldairroutes.com/about.html
World Air Routes is a very unique series of programs that combine Airlines, Aviation and Travel.
It is not a flight instruction course. Scenery is a big part of the series.
If you don't like that, I suggest you stop buying them.
It's as simple as that.
There are 14 customers who loved this particular DVD (Qatar Airways)
so much that they decided to email the producer about it.
Read their comments here http://www.worldairroutes.com/Qatar.html
Let me share some of them with you, as we're now talking scenery....
"I join the other reviewers in celebrating the spectacular shots of the descent to Heathrow.
" then the final approach into Heathrow with spectacular views of central London at night
"I loved the approach into London provided a great view of the London bridge and city centre.
"Excellent scenery veiws,
"The flights in the Middle East were also great thanks to the scenery and the beautiful light
"The views from the cockpit and cabin of the scenery outside was awesome
These are only some
of the comments made on this
Tommy wrote: "by the way, why don't you have the courage to use your real name in your profile?"
- Because I like my privacy protected, and there is no need or reason for me to disclose that information here.
It's always easy to citizise and make comments when you don't have to stand up for your views and opinion. You are entitled to your opinion, but be a man about it and don't hide behind anonymous nicknames.
, I hope I have shedsome light on why
I film like I do, and that you have understood some of the difficulties of filming airliners in regular operations. There is no "take 2" here...We get one chance and that's it.
Under the circumstances, I think we do a hell of a job!
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