Film Props and Services

FILM SERVICES – SIMULATOR HIRE – CABIN SECTIONS – EXPERT CONSULTANTS & PILOTS – AIRCRAFT SET BUILDING – ACTOR TRAINING – SCENE CHOREOGRAPHY

FILM SERVICES

Over the past seven years, we have frequently worked with both TV and Film in many of the roles listed above, and during this time we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of productions that see the benefits of using simulators instead of a real aircraft or static aircraft shell. Apart from the cost and size restrictions, the main advantage is the ability to work with a living, breathing and controllable resource allowing the live action to be filmed without the need for expensive CGI, particularly when shooting avionics and backlighting, etc.


Our simulators can be relocated to film studios during prolonged filming (above Longcross studios)

This unique ability coupled with some special effects has allowed us to create a filming system we call CONSTANT CAMERA FILMING or CCF. CCF was developed while filming the opening sequence for Sky Atlantics, The Tunnel, Debris plane crash scene. Virtual Aerospace worked with Director Mike Barker who wanted the scene to feel more fluid and realistic and didn’t want to fall back on green screens or CGI, rather he wanted to focus on the live action sequence.

PLEASE CLICK ON THE BELOW LINK TO SEE THE FULL CRASH SEQUENCE.

The Tunnel Crash Scene

Of particular note is that all dynamic visual effects seen during the sequence were shot live, apart from various audio no other effects were added in post:

  • Virtual Aerospace helped to design and choreograph the crash sequence, working within the scripted dialogue and trying to reflect Director Mike Barkers vision for the scene we provided technical consultancy and choreographed the pilot’s reactions during the filming as well as designed the flow and timing of the crash sequence.
  • The out of the window view was produced by a daylight projection system playing pre-recorded live action sequence shot in a stunt plane.
  • The Avionics, lights, warnings, artificial horizon and engine parameters etc were being hand controlled by a Virtual Aerospace pilot live during the sequence, this was choreographed exactly with the script and live footage so the aircraft/simulator behaved exactly as a real aircraft would.
  • Virtual Aerospace spent a day training the pilot/actors so they felt comfortable with the cockpit environment, this included rehearsing the scene again and again to match the timing of the sequence, on the day of filming the actors were reacting to the live action based on what they were actually seeing in front of them, rather than pretending as would be normal with CGI and  green screen. This created a very realistic scene and allowed more wide shots and pans of the action than would normally be possible.

SIMULATOR & CABIN SECTION HIRE

Virtual Aerospace operates 5 fixed base and 3 full motion flight simulators, 3 of these simulators have extended mock cabin sections with galleys, these are real training machines and located at various airports around the country. The aircraft types include A320, Boeing 737 and 747 aircraft. For most filming needs these remain at their locations, however for large scale, extended filming the 737 models can be dismantled and moved to film studios as in the above sequence.

EXPERT CONSULTANTS & PILOTS

We have provided experts and pilots for many TV companies including, ITV, BBC & SKY News, Discovery Channel, Sky Atlantic and provided technical expertise in a number of documentaries such as 60 minutes etc. We employ nearly 40 pilots flying for a whole host of airlines and flying nearly every type of military and civil aircraft flying today so if you need expert help then make us your first call.

AIRCRAFT & CABIN SET BUILDING

As a simulator manufacturing company we have a wide range of engineering and man set design skills, we have built light aircraft, civil airliners and military aircraft of various types