With our upcoming camera work filming the feature film “The Clear”, we were ready to utilize the production company to assist us with marketing our helicopter school to the Boston and Southern New Hampshire area. The director had a vision of what the helicopter school short video should entail, and we all agreed that the shoot seemed to be headed in the right direction. We also agreed that doing the commercial shoot for our school would be a good experience for one of our students, Andy. Two helicopters, two cameraman, and 3 pilots would be the crew for filming our helicopters.
Utilizing two of our helicopters – R-22 722PG and R-44 7185P, we discussed our route, formation plans, and headed out to the ramp.
R-22 722PG ready for filming
Chris, Andy and I led Seng and Justin of SEEntertainment out to the ramp to watch us service the helicopters.
Chris, Curt, Andy fueling the R-44
Our first run for filming our ships would be into the Class B Boston airspace. As a filght of two, the coordination was much easier.
Chris and Andy over the harbor
Around the financial district and the Pru, and back to Lawrence to discuss the next phase.
Our next stop would be the coastline of Northern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Seng switched places with Justin and would ride with me in the R-22 to get video of the 44, and Justin would be taking stills from the 44.
Helicopter over Newburyport
Our flight continued east with the Merrimack River toward Newburyport and the Southern New Hampshire coastline. A brief turn to the South toward the Boston coastline, then return to Lawrence.
Overall the shoot went well. Lots of formation flying, some experience for one of our students, and a great shoot with the guys from SEEntertainment. Thanks to Justin and Seng for their help.
We’re all looking forward to the North Andover Flight Academy Commercial, I will post it as soon as it is finished.
I will also talk about our movie shoot with the SEE production company on the upcoming movie “The Clear”. Looks like that will be a fun day of helicopter flying.