There have been lots of starts and stops at a frequent flyer hobby documentary film or reality show. They always seem to run into road blocks.
Gabriel Leigh created a short film Frequent Flyer a decade ago. He was going to turn it into a feature length documentary (I can recall sitting down for an interview) and eight years ago raised funds on kickstarter but it never came to fruition.
I worked on a project for The Travel Channel that got to the point of having a production team, and doing filming for a pilot. Ed Pizzarello had to run through an airport as though he was going to miss his flight. I remember working on location permissions for an Admirals Club and a National Car Rental lot. I really don’t recall where things went wrong. Maybe it was just the wrong team, if memory serves the folks behind Extreme Couponing were going to work on this.
There’s a great idea to dive into the frequent flyer hobby – from the craziest of schemes, to the oddball personalities, to the ethics – either as a movie or television short season. Many folks have tried it. I’ve sat down with several of them, given thoughts and interviews. It’s never quite come to fruition although in some sense Punch Drunk Love and Up In The Air were our documentaries.
One film project I sat down for an interview with a couple of years ago has made it to the stage of a trailer for their self-funded documentary project On Board. Lots of familiar faces here (mine doesn’t make the cut for this highlight real).
I’ll be really looking forward to seeing what they come up with.