A director I work with wants me to research a documentary she's producing
on jet dogfights.
Looking for someone who could act as a consultant or rigging coordinator
for putting cameras on military aircraft.
Format will probably be super 16mm. Since my experience is with earthbound
humanoids, I need some help.
Norman Bonney writes :
>A director I work with wants
me to research a documentary she's >producing on jet dogfights
The military has enormous experience rigging cameras in and on aircraft,
as do the manufacturers of the individual aircraft.
You will need enormous clout to rig your own cameras in active military
aircraft, if they let you do it at all. However, there are huge stocks
of footage available.
You might want to get in touch with someone at the War, I mean History,
Channel. They seem to have a direct line to the Pentagon.
IA 600 DP
I did a project for the Air force that involved cameras in jets.
We were shooting Beta and 16 mm. The Air force was pretty adamant about
what could and could not go in the jets. There's not a lot of extra room
and anything in there is subjected to high G forces. They finally agreed
to put lipstick cameras and 8 mm decks in the planes and supervised the
Your military ‘liaison’ person would be the best place to
go for info.
>Looking for someone who could act as a consultant
or rigging >coordinator for putting cameras on military
I have spent more than eight weeks rigging and then flying with cameras
inside F5 & F5b supersonic aerobatic fighters on location in Turkey
with the Turkish Stars - one of only six supersonic aerobatic teams in
A lot of what I was doing in-cockpit was in G forces that exceeded 5-6G
and they trained me up to 8.9G (almost killed me as you can imagine!)
Laurie "Nure" Gilbert s.o.c.
Legendary Turkish Aviator
Motion Picture Director of Photography
...or copy the grip and rigging credits from "Top Gun," spend
a few hours calling around and you will probably get the very best information
for a big $$$$ production and you can scale back to suit your own budget.