It’s one of our greatest technological advances, and one of the greatest things to ever happen to filmmaking, as it allows us to travel across the country for a shoot in mere hours.
However, it’s easy to lose sight of that greatness when you’re at the airport and realize that your bags are overweight, it’s going to cost you $200 extra, and your external hard drive is smothered in less than 3oz. of shampoo.
The ever-present crying babies, the sassy but still not very funny intercom speeches, the tiny cups of water, the movies you never thought you’d be paying $8 to watch. On top of all this, as a filmmaker you’re traveling with a ton of precious cargo and if it breaks you’re kind of screwed.
But, as the great Louis C.K. is quick to remind us…
He’s absolutely right. Flying is a privilege, and while there are certainly things we could complain about along the way, it’s really pretty amazing that we can fly through the air across the country while sipping a complimentary ginger ale, wrapped in the arms of a zebra-print neck pillow.
As filmmakers it is so crucial that we pack our gear wisely and understand just how much easier our lives can be when we do.
Somewhere in the world, right now, a Stillmotion team member is probably on an airplane. We’re always flying for our work, and over the years we’ve actually picked up a lot of know-how about the process of traveling with cameras, lights, audio equipment… the whole loot.
Recently airlines changed their policy on bag size and we had to deal with how much fun that was, and in the process we thought about how there really is so much to know about flying with gear and how it effects filmmakers… and it’s always changing. For this reason, we’ve put together the first annual Stillmotion Ultimate Travel Guide, where we cover all the stops on the itinerary of airport knowledge.
How heavy is too heavy?
What are the new size requirements?
How much does it cost if my bag is overweight or oversized?
But gear is so heavy… how can I make sure my bags aren’t overweight?
How do I get status?
What the heck is Star Alliance?
Which airlines are the good ones?
…and the list goes on.