Departure Date: The First Ever Feature-Length Film Shot Entirely at 35,000 Feet

Virgin America airlines is producing the “first-ever film made at 35,000 feet”, titled Departure Date. It’s a movie that takes place entirely inside the cabin of an airplane that’s actually airborne. 20 hours of in-flight shooting was done on Virgin flights that spanned 3 continents and covered 28,000 miles. The film was written and directed by Kat Coiro and stars some pretty well known faces. It’ll premier next month at LA Film Fest, and will soon be available in its entirety on the in-flight TV system of Virgin flights.

Departure Date (via Boing Boing)

  • JL

    who made the background music? nice!

  • 4dmaze

    Where on the plane was that escalator? :)

  • Francois

    That’s a ridiculous way to spend a lot of cash… Nowadays anything is good to get some attention.

  • goobers

    Seems like a fairly substanceless fluff movie made as an excuse to dick around with electronic toys in the sky.

  • Flgraphics

    don’t see the reason the plane needed to be actually in the air!?!?

  • Flgraphics

    don’t see the reason the plane needed to be actually in the air!?!?

  • Aus_Guy

    Lighten up everyone. Who cares. It was funded by Virgin but even so, don’t judge until you’ve seen it. 

  • Aus_Guy

    Branson has all the money in the world to ‘dick around’ with electronic toys in the sky – and it’s awesome that he’s done it so we can see what goes down. It’s a good thing that we are experimenting with stuff like this. If we don’t we’ll never have technology advances. 

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  • Ralph Hightower

    1 film? Really? Who shoots film these days?

    Okay, I still use 35mm film. I haven’t switched to digital. If I bought a DSLR today, I’d still use film for my photography projects for this year.

  • Jim

    JD Eicher and the Goodnights. Website:

  • Guest

    Awesome choice on the background music.  I love JD Eicher & The Goodnights!! Very talented musicians in that band.