A pleasant surprise aboard a SAS flight last week, with Matt's mug peering from the pages of SAS' inflight magazine, Scandinavian Traveler. The feature article showcases a recent shoot, marking SAS' 70th anniversary.
In the dead of night, in the SAS Arlanda service hangar, 35kg of confetti was blasted over a SAS Boeing 737 emblazoned in a commemorative livery. Armed with an array of confetti blasting apparatus, and a multitude of cameras, controlled bursts were orchestrated on different sections of the aircraft. Once the shot-list had been ticked off, preparations were made for the final mass confetti 'white-out'. With a scissor lift substituting a Technocrane, the final flurry began well past midnight. It made for a fun experience, and was certainly a first of it's kind for Travmatt.
Blasting such volumes of confetti in a hangar housing five aircraft is a serious business, with watchful SAS engineering assistance at every stage. For safety, the jet engines of the hero and adjoining aircraft were taped up with plastic sheeting, and all hatches secured. Paper confetti was employed to avoid damage caused by stray pieces of plastic in jet engines. Once the final crescendo was achieved and the shoot wrapped, the whole mess had to be scooped up, with the help of leaf blowers - before the celebratory aircraft's maiden flight.
Shot on the Sony FS7, Canon C300, Canon 5D, and GoPro 4 Black, the shoot involved on & off-speed frame-rates. DP Matthew GORMLY, Director Anders OLSSON, Gaffer Peter ÖVGÅRD, Producer Helena LINDBLAD for OTW.