Living in the Age of Airplanes is a documentary directed by Brian J. Terwilliger that took six years to make. Shot in 18 countries with 95 different locations, the project’s attempts to show how airplanes is an integral aspect of our interconnected world ends up an engaging experience due to a variety of aspects.
For one, the film’s score was created by James Horner (Glory, The New World), the late composer who was at the top of his field. Harrison Ford, whose passion for aviation has been well documented, is the film’s narrator.
“Of course you want a famous star and a recognizable voice and a good narrator’s voice,” said Terwilliger. “But above all else, they need to be able to carry that story and really truly transcend the words on the page and make people feel totally engrossed. And he did all of those things. He was so committed to doing it, and I explained the expectations up front and he signed up for an incredible journey that was incredibly committed to all the way through the end.”
Blessed with what Terwilliger describes with an “A team” of talent, Living in the Age of Airplanes encourages us to look at planes with an entirely deeper perspective, and it’s this different flight plan that lifts this narrative to greater heights.
“When we think about planes, we often think about where we go with them or who comes to us,” he added. “We’re going to a meeting, a vacation, or going to see grandma or grandma is coming to see us. And you forget about how the world is coming to us. And for people who’ve never been on an airplane, the airplane is bringing the world to them every day.”
Living in the Age of Airplanes is now out on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital.