‘Building the Mammoth’: How an 80-foot-tall, 826-pound hot air balloon was built for ‘The Aeronauts’ [Watch]

‘Building the Mammoth’: How an 80-foot-tall, 826-pound hot air balloon was built for ‘The Aeronauts’ [Watch]
“I don’t think I’ve ever felt anything quite as delightful as seeing that balloon fly for the first time,” reveals “The Aeronauts” director Tom Harper, and for good reason. A 80-feet-tall, 826-pound, gas-powered hot air balloon was constructed for the production, the making of which is detailed in a new behind-the-scenes featurette, “Building the Mammoth.” Watch the exclusive video above.

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The Amazon release tells the amazing true story of scientist James Glashier (Eddie Redmayne) and pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones), who in 1862 took flight in a hot air balloon called the “Mammoth.” “Tom’s intent from the beginning was to make sure that the experience of this movie was one that put the audience inside the basket,” explains producer Todd Lieberman. Because of this, it was important to replicate the massive craft, creating what was “basically one of
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