I needed a couple of Apache helicopters in a scene, and have been fretting over buying real stock footage, having a model built in 3D, or buying a model and having it animated. Being an independent film with no budget, most of these options were a non-starter.
But, thanks to the internet, I looked around on sites like Pond5 and found an excellent artist, Fred Mantel (fredmantel.com/) in the Netherlands, who had already done some work very similar to what I was looking for in this scene. I contacted him and he graciously agreed to take that footage, put it against a blue screen, ready for me to insert into my footage!
I obviously still have a lot of work to do on this to make it look even more realistic, but I wanted to share and thank Fred for his excellent, and fast, work!
Lens flare is done using VideoCopilot's Optical Flares.
Talent shown from left to right are Marc Muehleip, Amy Christensen, and Kenton Whitman.