Drift: Passenger Shoots Striking Short Film Out of Airplane Window

Film­mak­er Tim Sessler got a lit­tle bored on his flight from San Fran­cis­co to Salt Lake City, to Philadel­phia. He says: “After read­ing through the in-flight mag­a­zine, the Sky Mall and the air­plane secu­ri­ty details from front to back, upside down and back­wards, I felt it was the right moment to pull out my cam­era” and start tak­ing aer­i­al footage of the cross-coun­try voy­age. The cam­era? It’s a Canon 5d mk3 with a 24–105mm and Nikon 50mm 1.2 lens (Tim tells us).  The chal­lenge? To keep the cam­era sta­ble, using his knee, the seat, the win­dow, etc., “while avoid­ing any vibra­tion that would cre­ate some nasty rolling-shut­ter-wob­ble.” A good deal more sta­bi­liza­tion took place in post-pro­duc­tion. When you’re done watch­ing Drift, you can check out Sessler’s pri­or attempt at shoot­ing aer­i­al art here.

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  • Beau­ti­ful- Loved the whole nostalgic/haunting feel of the movie and the music. Amaz­ing that you did this from an air­plane.

  • Lorna McLearie says:

    I was a flight atten­dant for many years and you cap­tured those moments of silence on a flight. You are not con­nect­ed to any­one and lose your­self in the aer­i­al view. You did an amaz­ing job trans­lat­ing those emo­tions and as anoth­er review­er said it was ” haunt­ing” and the music beau­ti­ful in a med­i­ta­tive way.

  • Tim Sessler says:

    Thanks a lot for those great com­ments. It means a lot to get such a pos­i­tive feed­back!!

    PS: Just a side not — it was­n’t shot on the 7D but a 5d mk3 with 24–105mm and Nikon 50mm 1.2 lens. Not that it real­ly mat­ters, just thought I should men­tion it :)

  • Sebastian says:

    Won­der­ful — as a trav­el­er I often drift away myself as I view the earth from the sky — it’s pret­ty mag­i­cal and you caught it so well. As Stephanie above says, the nos­tal­gic haunt­ing feel so per­fect, if feels almost oth­er­world­ly. It almost reminds me of the feel of many of the russ­ian direc­tor Tarkovsky’s work.

  • JPM7791 says:

    What’s the music?

  • Dan Colman says:

    Hi Tim,

    Thanks for the info on the cam­era. It’s updat­ed in the post!

    Nice work!

  • Bruce Bethany says:

    Sebas­t­ian and Lor­na’s com­ments read/sound like shill pro­mos post­ed by a friend or pub­li­cist.

  • Jane grace says:

    Bruce Bethany- I am not a pub­li­cist or know Tim Sessler. I do know good pho­tog­ra­phy and when some­one has uncom­mon cre­ative talent.nnIt is that sim­ple.

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