A pioneering piece of wildlife filmmaking, In-Flight Movie provides a truly insightful investigation into the extraordinary world of ornithological flight. Widely acclaimed for its groundbreaking camera work, this production won at the New York International Film and TV Festival, and Wildscreen 1988.
Skillfully demonstrating flight for a number of bird species, memorable sequences include flitting from hedge to hedge with a starling and joining a flock of geese flying in formation, high amongst the clouds.
Award-winning cameraman John Downer employs a number of innovative filming techniques to bring this fascinating and complex subject to the small screen. Stripping down a camera and attaching it to a trained bird, he conveys what it is like to be a buzzard zooming through the skies. Also establishing the use of model helicopters as flying camera mounts, he captures breathtaking images that, together with an informative commentary from David Attenborough, give a unique insight into avian flight, demonstrating how a bird's evolutionary design is optimally adapted to a life on the wing.