THE AERONAUTS / FLY-IN THEATRE


Moving pictures from the stratosphere.


In 1862, scientists James Glaisher and Amelia Wren soared to new heights, and inspired worldwide wonder, with a balloon expedition that paved the way for modern meteorology. To celebrate the release of Amazon Prime Video’s The Aeronauts, we created a movie premiere that would itself involve dizzying heights and wonderful events. Welcome to the world’s first Fly-in Theatre—a cross-country screening experience placing visitors smack in the center of the Victorian Fair that launched the Aeronauts to fame.





THE EXPERIENCE

Set in the midst of a sprawling Victorian fair, the screening was just the pinnacle moment of a day filled with surprises and activities. Over a hundred staff in period costume kept the audience entertained, as guests had the opportunity to ride a replica of the “Mammoth” balloon from the film, while aerial acrobats dazzled waiting queues. Tightrope walkers, jugglers, newsies, town criers and bourgeoisie entertained the midway. A sketch artist captured the poses of daring aeronauts; a fortune-teller divined their hopeful future. An actual hypnotist helped hundreds conquer their fear of heights. Female scientists taught kids about meteorology, as grown-ups made their own coffee with a recreation of the world’s-first coffee roaster. All this on the notes of a Phonograph DJ spinning modern takes on Victorian classics.





THE SCREENING

Every night, as dusk would fall, the event culminated with the nation’s premiere of The Aeronauts, on a screen unlike any other. Eighteen months in the making, the flexible LED screen featrued over 76,000 pixels wrapped 360 degrees around the balloon, allowing us to show the film to audiences from all directions. Every single pixel was hand-calibrated during cold inflation, and then the balloon was raised with conventional propane to remain rigid for the screenings to surrounding crowds, who recieved audio via loudspeaker and individual headsets.




WORLD BUILDING

From set design, to period-accurate costumes, to menu and drink choices, to typography, to illustrations, to period party photography, to entertainment, to wildpostings, to handbills, to giveaways, to an entire newspaper from 1862... everything was meticulously designed to transport guests back to the wonderful atmosphere of the Victorian Era.






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THE IMPACT


Over 8,500 guests across seven cities generated 350+ millions of social impressions. Find out more about the initiative on Adweek.


Role: Senior Copywriter

Core agency team: Whitney Jenkins, Brad Hall, Riaad Van Der Merwe, Alice Chiapperini, Dustin Freeman, Sammi Chancey, Gustav Holtz.