Crying babies, delayed flights, stuck for two days in a foreign land… Christmas horror stories of travel. Rewind, did you actually read that?
Stuck for two days in a foreign land? Ask your grandparents if they were ever stuck for two days in a foreign land? Ask them if they even had the privilege of traveling on an airplane in the prior to the 1960’s.
“Living in the Age of Airplanes” is another amazing documentary from National Geographic.
Well actually Brian J. Terwilliger (Producer, Director) not new to aviation. He is a licensed pilot and produced, directed and secured financing of three documentaries, each looking at aviation from a different perspective.
So how long did this film take from start to finish? It took more than 6 years.
OUCH.. 6 Years. That is about the same amount of time to…. (fill in the blank).
BRIAN J. TERWILLIGER (Producer, Director) is a filmmaker whose unrelenting pursuit of excellence has taken him to all seven continents in search of compelling stories and stunning imagery. A licensed pilot captivated by flight since childhood, Terwilliger has produced, directed and secured the financing for three documentaries, each looking at aviation from a different perspective.
“Since we were all born into a world with airplanes, it’s hard to imagine that jet travel itself is only 60 years old, just a tick on the timeline of human history,” said director Brian J. Terwilliger. “But our perception of crossing continents and oceans at 500 mph has turned from fascination to frustration. I want to reignite people’s wonder for one of the most extraordinary aspects of the modern world.”
Looks like Brian is not only good at what he does but great! He even casted Harrison Ford as the narrator. Huh? But why….?
“It was important to me that the narrator truly owned the story and had a passion for the subject,” says Terwilliger. “I didn’t want to have a celebrity simply ‘lend’ their voice, because this project is very personal to me, and the narrator plays such an important role. With a documentary like this there are the visuals, the music and the narrator—and that’s it. I wanted the delivery to come from someone with passion. Harrison was very committed to telling the story and getting it right.”
Next time you start to complain about jet lag, long lines, cancelled flights just remember that this time 70 years ago you probably would have loved to complain about it!
Did I like this film? Yes I loved this film. I am based in Germany and love travel and just the idea of going somewhere exotic that’s how you get to new adventures right? Sometimes you have to step out of the house, out of the car and hop on an airplane that will take you there.
I know a handful of you are homeschooling your children. Living in the Age of Airplanes is a great way to ignite your students curiosity in the world around them.
Better yet why don’t you add Living In the Age of Airplanes to your DVD collection!