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What do film crews do about air traffic noise during shoots?

Mike Voorheis

A Boeing 747 from the Presidential fleet flies over downtown Wilmington while performing touch and goes at the Wilmington International Airport April 29, 2010. Photo By Mike Spencer/STAR-NEWS

Q. What do film crews do about air traffic noise during shoots? Has it been an issue since the landing pattern over downtown Wilmington is being used more often?

A. Jon Rosborough, Wilmington International Airport director, said the production companies will monitor flight schedules and communicate with airport operations personnel to find out when airport traffic could interfere with filming.

One of the airport runways does not cause any sound problems for filming, said EUE/Screen Gems executive vice president Bill Vassar. Film crews spend much more time setting up and rehearsing than actually filming, so they can schedule takes around scheduled flights or reshoot anything that is disrupted.

Though the runway that requires planes to fly over Screen Gems Studios is used often, airline traffic is still comparatively light at ILM, so disruptions aren’t constant.

“We’re not LaGuardia,” Rosborough said.

Military planes probably cause a bigger snag in production. Rosborough said military planes don’t have to adhere to the same rules concerning sound. With a military refueling station at ILM, military aircraft from Camp Lejeune can affect film production.


Is there a noise ordinance that applies to military aircraft flying very low?

Is the actress who portrays a flight attendant on the ads for ILM an actual flight attendant?

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