Aviation, even with light aircraft, is a thrilling topic and we can see possibilities for a drama involving flying. An easy way to get the planes is to use a flight simulator running on a computer, one of which, an open source project is Flight Gear http://www.flightgear.org. We have experimented with capturing footage from this, and then Chroma Keying the characters into it. This is similar to the technique described as "Machinima" discussed in http://flightsimmachinima.blogspot.co.uk, using real not animated actors. This is the latest trial, and next to it you can see the setup used. You will notice that there are two instances where the chair on which the pilot is sitting is visible so addressing the seating arrangements of the actors on set is clearly the next step.
Here is a few of the Boing 707 sequences planned for the film, before the actors are chroma-keyed into it. The voices are a mixture of the director (Greg) and computer generated voices for Tom and Alex.
This earlier trial was made before the yokes (the steering wheel like control that the pilot holds) were included.
The title ends in "Polaris" as that is the Magic Bullet "look" applied to give it a consistent feel. Below is a shot of the Chroma Keying setup:
In After Effects, use of the "Keylight 1.2" seemed to work best in effectively replacing the green screen with the background image, and coped best with imperfections in the lighting of the screen.
Would you like to be involved in this project? Lots of issues remain unresolved; for example any shot with the actors holding the controls can't realy be chroma keyed so we need a physical model of the yoke, throttles and other controls on the set. Do you have a home simulator setup which could be of help here?