Studio Babelsberg presents new Aircraft Interior Set

12.08.2009

Premiere in TV-Action thriller "Crashpoint" on Monday night

Studio Babelsberg offers a new highlight to German and international film producers: a hydraulic, movable aircraft set, consisting of a passenger cabin with 120 seats and a separate cockpit. The set can be seen for the first time on TV in the action thriller Crashpoint on Monday, August 17 at 8.15pm on ProSieben. For the “most exciting TV movie of the year” (Blickpunkt: Film) all airplane interior scenes, including the crash, were shot at Studio Babelsberg.

The interior set was built by Studio Babelsberg’s Art Department on behalf of the production company Hager Moss Film, assigned by ProSieben. The 65.6ft. long set is a detailed and true-to-original replica of a passenger aircraft cabin with a separate cockpit, which can be docked. Demand has been increasing: Besides the TV series Lasko – The Fist of God (Action Concept) and the German TV movie Die Pilotin (Caligari Film), star director Roman Polanski shot scenes in the set for the Studio Babelsberg co-production The Ghost starring Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor. Therefor, the cabin was transformed into a first class Virgin Airlines passenger cabin.

We are happy to give TV and feature film productions the opportunity to shoot realistic aircraft and action scenes in our studio.
Michael Düwel
Managing Director
Art Department Studio Babelsberg

Michael Düwel, Managing Director of Art Department Studio Babelsberg, says: „We are happy to give TV and feature film productions the opportunity to shoot realistic aircraft and action scenes in our studio. Through the flexible wall- and ceiling construction it is possible to realize both tracking shots through the entire cabin and close-ups from the side. We particularly focused on the authenticity during the construction. Thus, we mainly used original parts, which were mounted to a variable set.”

The passenger cabin is equipped with removable seats, kitchens, a toilet and a gangway. The cockpit is a separate original, adapted for filming purposes. It was furnished with lit up instrumentation. The set is built on a computer-operated, hydraulic simulator, which can feign turbulences in the air. By this feature, the set differs from other, mostly static, airplane sets.

In Crashpoint, a passanger plane runs the risk of crashing into Berlin, disabled by a collision. There are only 90 minutes left until the crash – on board of the plane as well as in the Ministry of the Interior a battle against time breaks out.

For further information as well as an image clip of the airplane set please visit www.studiobabelsberg.com/