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TEAL flight video

PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:32 am
by fredgell
Couldn't see a link to this anywhere yet... ... eo-3843416



Re: TEAL flight video

PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:08 am
by Cameraman
Hi Fred,

if only air travel was like that now eh!



Re: TEAL flight video

PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:22 pm
by crship
Really good
thanks for posting.
Does anyone else think that the galley shot around 1.17 might have been "cheated" a little? Studio shot?

Re: TEAL flight video

PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:44 pm
by flyernzl
As this film features Sandringham ZK-AMD 'Australia', it would have been made between late 1946 and early 1950.

The National Film Unit was a NZ Government body, a cross between a news reporting organisation and a PR machine for New Zealand tourism.

I would say that the film is intended to be a promotional item for TEAL, at that time also Government owned.

As such, I strongly suspect that the interior shots were taken while the aircraft was stationary, on the water or on the hard, with the 'passengers' either being professional actors or (more likely) TEAL staff and their family members. This would allow interior fittings such as seats and partitions to be shifted or removed to give the film crew better access. Similarly, the opening scenes of the hostess arriving at Mechanics Bay at 6am would most likely have actually been taken later in the day. Unless filming took place in mid-summer, Auckland does not have that much bright daylight at 6am!

The scenes taken out of the windows of the fluffy clouds moving past and the flightdeck shot could have been taken during a 10 minute flight out over the Waitemata Harbour.

I'm not saying that the film is not an interesting record of the TEAL service at that time, but like any airline ad shown these days, it does not necessarily present gospel truth.