Float is a tale about obsession and passion, about camaraderie and competition, about time and beauty. We envision a documentary that is as much about the intricacies of the sport and the science as the complexity of the people involved. We aim to create a film where the intrinsic elegance and beauty of the planes contrasts the grueling process and competitiveness that goes into making the airplanes fly. The F1D lends itself perfectly to a film with careful attention to detail, one about meticulousness and slowing down in an age of haste and speed.
F1D is antithetical to modern culture. It embodies passion, patience, and practice, whereas today’s mainstream culture can be characterized by instant gratification and short attention spans, increasingly driven by the pursuit of wealth and fame. Indoor is an activity with no financial gain, no entree to fame, but nonetheless the competitors’ drive and ambition prevails. The planes are just one element that binds this odd lot of enthusiasts together. The raw emotion that is felt as competitors invest countless hours, dollars, and travel into their sport with no monetary reward is as impressive as the engineering behind the planes. They are intensely competitive and their fervor contrasts the tranquility and beauty of their planes.
Yes, this is a sports documentary, but we also aim to create a cinematic stunner; the planes floating effortlessly in the salt mines is unlike anything anyone has ever seen. We use a blend of wide angle time-lapse photography to display the length of time the plane stays in the air. Cinematic handheld B-roll follows the competitors movements zeroing in on the pensive state of the fliers. Archival material is displayed in a projection format so that the audience gets a true sense of the films history. Stylistically composed interview footage matches the tone of our characters personalities as well as the beauty of the grace and elegance of the planes.