March 22, 2016
When Martin Scorsese needed to shoot a scene of a drunken Leonardo DiCaprio on a jet plane for the film The Wolf of Wall Street, he could have built his own fake fuselage, or rented a 747. Of course, that would also have cost several hundred thousand dollars.
In contrast to a real airplane interior, where removing a seat can take several hours, the sets at Air Hollywood are all built to be quickly and easily reconfigured, allowing a director to get pretty much any shooting angle they need. One fuselage is rigged with powerful air compressors to simulate turbulence, from the mild shaking one might experience on a normal trans-continental flight to the teeth-rattling kind seen in the TV-show Lost. Actors can reach for real barf bags, if necessary.
“Airplanes are made to travel and to fly, not to film in,” says Mr. Captan.