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The Sky Divers (1969)

TV-G  |   |  Documentary, Short  |  1969 (USA)
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A behind the scenes, promotional short about the making of the feature film _The Gypsy Moths (1969)_, which extensively features free fall skydiving. There are interviews with the director,... See full summary »

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A behind the scenes, promotional short about the making of the feature film _The Gypsy Moths (1969)_, which extensively features free fall skydiving. There are interviews with the director, cast members, and members of the professional skydiving crew while on location in Kansas for three months. The crew explain the development of and demonstrate the use of various equipment used in the experimental skydiving, like the helmet camera and batwings, and discuss and perform new stunts for the film. They also discuss shooting problems like the wind and different rates of fall for performers and cameramen. The proper packing of a parachute is also demonstrated in some detail. Written by TimeNTide

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Interesting sky diving short behind filming of "The Gypsy Moths"...
28 March 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

THE SKY DIVERS is an entertaining short subject from MGM in color which gives the viewer a behind-the-scenes look at the making of THE GYPSY MOTHS starring Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr, both of whom are shown on camera talking about the film experience. Burt also demonstrates his skill at some parachuting stunts he did for the first time, as required for his role.

The aerial photography of the free falling divers is wonderful to look at and how it was accomplished is demonstrated as we see some pre-production work done before filming with director John Frankenheimer and his team of experts planning the stunts.

Produced and directed by Dale Mackey, it's a short obviously used as a promotional piece by MGM to introduce movie-goers to their feature-length film.


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