Film Pilot: From James Bond to Hurricane Katrina by Jerry Grayson

By Jerry Grayson

whilst Jerry Grayson left the Royal Navy's seek and Rescue helicopter fleet elderly 25, he was once the main adorned peacetime naval pilot in historical past. by way of pleasure, although, civilian existence could not compete – particularly while the sole call for for helicopter pilots used to be as glorified chauffeurs for the very wealthy.

Jerry had a fondness for the films and noticed a fashion in to a brand new profession. anyone needed to fly these loopy acrobatic stunts and trap dramatic aerial pictures, and he reckoned he may well do it greater, push his helicopter extra, and warrantly the main interesting pictures, which different pilots may have thought of very unlikely. And he was once right.

Over the prior 35 years Jerry has turn into the go-to guy for aerial filmmaking, taking pictures every thing from tune movies, vehicle advertisements and nature documentaries to the Athens Olympic video games and the touchdown of the gap travel Atlantis. however it is in Hollywood that Jerry has fairly made his mark. He used to be slightly out of his 20s while he labored at the airborne finale to the James Bond movie A View to a Kill, and that helped cement his acceptance for the many years since.

Film Pilot: Flying the Lens is stuffed with enjoyable behind-the-scenes tales (some that nearly led to catastrophe for Jerry and an A-list actor or two…) and revelatory insights into simply how this invisible quarter of the movie company operates. all of us take aerial pictures without any consideration, with no appreciating the lengths long past to shoot it. this can be maybe by no means extra obvious than whilst Jerry's talents are known as upon to assemble extra very important pictures – the burning oilfields of Kuwait following the 1st Gulf battle, and flooded New Orleans after storm Katrina.

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