Flying an Octopus (2004)

A 23-member team of balloon artists, an eight-member flight crew, and countless community members were needed to launch the first ever piloted latex balloon sculpture. Nearly 20,000 animal ... See full summary »

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Tim Bayer

Writer:

Tim Bayer

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Credited cast:
Sarah Adams Sarah Adams ... Crew member
John C. Barthelmes John C. Barthelmes ... Crew member
Steve Brown Steve Brown ... Crew member
Lee Brusa Lee Brusa ... Crew member
Maggie Brusa Maggie Brusa ... Crew member
Don Caldwell Don Caldwell ... Crew member
Norma Jean DiRoma Norma Jean DiRoma ... Crew member
Ernie Hartt Ernie Hartt ... Crew member
Richard Hughson Richard Hughson ... Crew member
Connie Iden-Monds Connie Iden-Monds ... Crew member
Alice Irwin Alice Irwin ... Crew member
Ethan Irwin Ethan Irwin ... Crew member
Mary Ann Jakubowitz Mary Ann Jakubowitz ... Crew member
Dick Kleitz Dick Kleitz ... Crew member
Nita Landes Nita Landes ... Crew member
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A 23-member team of balloon artists, an eight-member flight crew, and countless community members were needed to launch the first ever piloted latex balloon sculpture. Nearly 20,000 animal balloons were twisted together by the hand-picked team of artists from around the US and Canada to create the Fantastic Flying Octopus. Several thousand people showed up to watch the construction and launch of the craft, powered by wind and 10,000 cubic feet of helium. Challenges to be overcome included building the sculpture in a barn with a gravel floor and launching in the afternoon sun, both of which are natural enemies of balloons. Approximately 700 person hours went into the construction of the octopus. The team completed the octopus in 5 days, before the first balloons had a chance to deflate. This first collaboration between pilot John Ninomiya and artist Larry Moss was a success. The entire week-long project, from the inflation of the first balloon through the successful launch and landing ... Written by Anonymous

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Raising balloon art to new heights

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Documentary

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

11 February 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Sodus Point, New York, USA

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Budget:

$92,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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