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Finding a widebody to film in

Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:05 pm
by HandyAndy
Hello and please accept apologies if this isn't in the right forum/isn't appropriate etc as it's my first post here and I may have got it all wrong!

I've always been interested in aviation and have been skulking around the forums for years, reading and taking in the amazing photographs. However, I'm now in a position where I have an aviation related requirement: I need to source a modern wide body aircraft interior to film in for an independent Canadian movie (actually a co-production with a European partner).

Does anyone know where I might be able to find a real aircraft or set that could be used to film in or have any advise as to where to look? I've been in touch with set builders and other movie related service companies that do these things, but they are beyond our budget at the moment. Surely there has to be a wide body interior somewhere in Canada that isn't in use? I realise of course that apart from maintenance etc, wide bodied aircraft are not going to be just sitting around in convenient locations are they?

Any advise would be welcomed and thank you all in advance,


Re: Finding a widebody to film in

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 11:22 am
by CaptainKramer
Hi HandyAndy,

I have a background in Television, primarily News Gathering, but have always loved film and the film industry, so have some ideas that may be of help to you.

Your best bet is to contact the Local Film Commission in Vancouver, where most Film Production takes place outside of Hollywood, to start with, or Local Government depending on which Province you are in, and find out if they have a Film Liason Officer who usually acts as the go between the Film Studios or Production Companies and Government, especially when a Film or T.V. show needs to film on location at an Airport or on an Aircraft, as in your case.

Or you could contact Vancouver International Airport directly, explain your situation, and they may give you some relevant contacts they may have on their books.

Given you are low budget, you most likely will want an existing structure such as the real thing, or at the very least a generic version of a widebody interior. I would say Los Angeles is your best bet for generic aircraft interiors, given the amount of production going on down there on a regular basis and the fact that most of the Bone Yards "where planes go to die" are located in Southern California and neighbouring States.

Re: Finding a widebody to film in

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 11:33 am
by CaptainKramer
Hi HandyAndy!

Here are some possible avenues of enquiry found on the good old net. They may have contacts in Vancouver as well.

Aero Mockups - Los Angeles

Shoot Aviation

Cheers Frank

Re: Finding a widebody to film in

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:04 pm
by HandyAndy
Thank you CaptainKramer!

Unfortunately we've already exhausted these options as the costs are very high. We're filming in Ottawa, so Vancouver is out of our reach. I already know the Film Commissioner here at Invest Ottawa, but they generally point us to the same resources too. Our unit manager can get an aircraft here in Ottawa, but again it would be very expensive as we'd basically have to charter it for the day!

I'm currently working with a charter service to see if we can access an aircraft when there's one staying overnight in the area (as distant as Toronto/Montreal is okay), but the chances are slim.

It's a shame the script calls for a widebody as the National Research Council in Ottawa has a 737 on the ground here with a cabin but no cockpit. Would have been ideal.

Thanks again and I'll keep looking. Not an easy task.

Re: Finding a widebody to film in

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:21 pm
by speedbored
Another option you might want to consider is approaching an airline with a major base near you. They are likely to have cabin training simulators which are often made available for hire when not in use for crew training.

Re: Finding a widebody to film in

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:50 pm
by HandyAndy
Thanks speedboard,

In fact we're doing just that by getting in touch with Air Canada at the moment. They have a cabin training simulator (we don't actually need it to move) that might be suitable if they let us use it. It's in Montreal apparently and that's only a couple of hours away from here. It's a shame Canada's capital city isn't a hub in it's own right!