Capturing the Essence of Flying
The romance and dream of aviation on the big screen.
By Dan Pimentel
May 8, 2023
We’ve all seen documentary films we love, and if you are reading this, chances are pretty good that you loved One Six Right and Living in the Age of Airplanes. Both captured the essence of what it means to fly, with lusciously layered storylines delivered brilliantly by producer/director Brian J. Terwilliger. Both of Terwilliger’s aviation documentary films featured elegant camera work showing stunning aerial scenes, and took viewers on a journey into our colorful world of aviation. But as you will see in this interview with Terwilliger, making films is a difficult undertaking full of challenges, and an incredible amount of work goes into taking these projects from conceptual idea to distribution and ultimately being shown on a big screen.
FLYING Magazine (FM): When do you first remember developing a love of airplanes?
Brian J. Terwilliger (BJT): I grew up watching the Blue Angels, building and flying model planes, and turning the walls of my childhood bedroom into an aviation shrine. As a boy, I watched my first IMAX film at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., and little did I know then that my passion for airplanes would culminate in a career in aviation filmmaking. It was a life-fulfilling moment to return a couple of decades later to premiere Living in the Age of Airplanes in the same IMAX theater!
Story credit: Flying Magazine; https://www.flyingmag.com/capturing-the-essence-of-flying/