FILM & TELEVISION SERVICES

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Flight AV offers operators and equipment for feature film, episodic television and commercial production.

Our Directing Manager and staff have provided services for Michael Mann, Robert Altman, Paramount, New Line Cinema, Lionsgate, Universal, Sprint, Kraft, SC Johnson, Manarki Films, Baby Einstein, Veggie Tales, Chicago Bulls TV, and more.  From commercial television and feature film sets, to BTS video production, our equipment and crew are available for all your production needs.

Please review our services below or contact us for questions or a quote.  We welcome all inquiries and look forward to working with you.

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TALENT / CREW

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MōVI / Gimbal, Jib, & Steadicam Operators:
Flight AV was one of the first production companies in the world to acquire and utilize the Freefly Systems MōVI Camera Stabilizer and we continue to expand our equipment, technology, and next generation camera support solutions in tandem with the rapidly evolving industry to provide our clients the most efficient, cost-effective path to high production values.

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Camera Operators & Assistants:
Flight AV offers highly trained camera operators for Television and Film productions both locally and internationally. Our operators are experienced with a wide variety of cameras and support equipment including RED Cinema, Alexa, Sony, Canon and more.

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Aerial Cinematography:
As one might imagine, Flight AV specializes in aerial cinematography and flying camera work. From traditional helicopter aerial cinematography, to automated, next generation heavy lift Octocopters with gimbal mounted UHD cameras, we are excited to offer these fast and flexible “sky dolly” solutions to our clients as they evolve.

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Digital Imaging & Digital Asset Management Technicians:
Flight AV has provided on set Digital Imaging Technicians and Digital Asset Management to a wide variety of clients. Our services are available as either a stripped down DAM station or as a fully loaded DIT cart. The fully loaded cart is equipped with ultra fast and redundant thunderbolt drive arrays and a grading monitor, delivering colored dailies to the director’s iPad while still on set.

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Audio Recordists:
Flight AV offers experienced on location recording operators with, or without equipment, by the half day and the day as well as extensive stereo and surround sound post design and finishing capabilities.

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POST PRODUCTION

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Video Editing:
Flight AV offers professional editorial services and boasts four ultra-fast dedicated workstations at our North Side studio. While we currently use the Adobe CC workflow, we are experienced with AVID Media Composer, Final Cut 7 / X and Sony NLE software / hardware.

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Color Grading / Finishing:
As a majority of our current productions are shot with multiple cameras and various formats – including RED cinema cameras – we have developed a fast and efficient RAW color grading service for all video codecs. Our grading workstation utilizes DaVinci Resolve 5K, Nvidia graphics processors, and a Flanders Scientific grading monitor.

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Voiceover / Sound Design:
Flight AV’s studio includes a full recording booth, an AVID ProTools workstation, and various digital effects / plugin libraries – alongside world-class instruments, microphones, and analog equipment. Our extensive experience with sound design, music, and audio production allow us to complete in-house projects quickly and easily.

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Audio Post / Surround Mixing:
Our recording studio includes DynaudioAcoustic AIR-series monitors, allowing us to mix and master projects ranging from simple stereo to full Dolby Digital Surround. Our expert engineers have mixed audio for release on television and in feature films.

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VIDEOGRAPHY

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Visual Effects Plate Acquisition:
Flight A/V’s cinematographers have worked with Chicago’s premiere Visual Effects companies, and we are happy to use our ultra-high-definition cinema cameras to capture live-action plates for VFX-based projects. Our artists can work with your effects team to create the perfect basis for any scale of post-production, from simple to intricate.

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Behind-the-Scenes Video Production:
Our cinematographers have years of experience documenting live events, from hip-hop-fueled car meets to elegant galas. With our behind-the-scenes films, we capture the unique methods that make your work successful – as well as the special moments you share with your team along the way.

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Live Broadcast / Streaming:
Prestigious events often require live projection or online/TV simulcast of your distinguished speakers, award winners, or live entertainment. Beyond supplying equipment and ensuring its flawless operation, we can provide technical operators from the pre-production stage through event completion who will learn the details of your timeline to ensure that every moment is captured, projected, and broadcast properly – from simple, single cameras, to roaming multi-camera switched feeds. Monetize your event by charging advertisers for space and time on your stream, or by making your stream pay-per-view.

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RENTALS

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Cameras & Lenses:
Flight A/V offers our top-class cinematography via high-definition and ultra-high-definition cinema cameras and versatile, beautiful lens kits; these cameras and lenses are also available for rental by the half day, full day, week, or long-term agreement. We proudly use cameras from RED, Canon, and Sony; our kits include lenses from Carl Zeiss, Canon, Tokina, Sigma, and others – click here to see our complete inventory.

Note that all non-member prices include an onsite technician to ensure perfect operation; that technician can be upgraded to an AC, DIT, Camera Operator, or Gimbal / Steadicam Operator for a moderate fee. For information on becoming a member of Flight AV, please call.

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Camera Support:
Flight A/V’s signature offering is advanced camera support, and our camera stabilizers, wireless video solutions, and camera accessories are available for rentals by the half day, full day, week, or long-term agreement. We use support products from Freefly Systems, Steadicam, Kessler, Sachtler, Paralinx, RTMotion, BeSteady, ProLine, and others – click here to see our complete inventory.

Note that all non-member prices include an onsite technician to ensure perfect operation; that technician can be upgraded to an AC, DIT, Camera Operator, or Gimbal / Steadicam Operator for a moderate fee. For information on becoming a member of Flight AV, please call.

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Lighting Support:
Flight A/V’s technicians understand that proper lighting can be the key to beautiful flimmaking, and our proven lighting solutions are available for rental by the half day, full day, week, or long-term agreement. We offer lighting and rigging suitable for all project sizes and budgets – click here to see our complete inventory.

Note that all non-member prices include an onsite technician to ensure perfect operation; that technician can be upgraded to an AC, DIT, Camera Operator, or Gimbal / Steadicam Operator for a moderate fee. For information on becoming a member of Flight AV, please call.

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Audio Support:
Flight A/V was built on experience in superior audio production, and now the tools we use to achieve high-quality sound are available for rental by the half day, full day, week, or long-term agreement. Our preferred suppliers include Neumann, Shure, Audiotechnica, AVID, Apogee, and Zoom – click here to see our complete inventory.

Note that all non-member prices include an onsite technician to ensure perfect operation; that technician can be upgraded to an AC, DIT, Camera Operator, or Gimbal / Steadicam Operator for a moderate fee. For information on becoming a member of Flight AV, please call.

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