I followed Captain Ralph "Deasy" Knittel during the 2012 season. This documentary is his portrait as the Swiss F/A-18 Hornet pilot and his work as the solo display presenter on airshows in Switzerland and abroad.
For this short-film I wanted to film something different, new and more personnal. I placed onboard videocameras in unusual angles and collected interesting testimonials about the preparation, crew, work and the relations with the public. It was an amazing experience and a very special project for me.
I would like to thank Ralph Knittel for his collaboration and his availability on this amazing project. Also thanks to the Swiss Air Force, the mechanics (Payerne and Meiringen) and the organizers of airshows (Bodo, Waddington, Birrfeld, Axalp). And a special thank to Franziska Neuhaus for this help with interviews and his support during the editing process.
Filmed with a Sony PMW-320 XDCAM camera
Onboard footage recorded with GoPro 2 and ContourHD
Edited with Final Cut Pro on Apple Computers
Color grading with Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite
Copyright Yannick Barthe and Swiss Air Force 2012
More informations here : yannickbarthe.ch/swiss-hornet-solo-display-the-film