One Six Right

One Six Right
One Six Right: The Romance of Flying

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Brian J. Terwilliger
Produced by Brian J. Terwilliger
Starring Sydney Pollack
Lorenzo Lamas
Tony Bill
Paul Moyer
Hal Fishman
Clay Lacy
Bob Hoover
Desiree Horton
Music by Nathan Wang
Distributed by Terwilliger Productions
Release date(s) November 25, 2005 (2005-11-25)
Running time 73 min.
Language English

One Six Right: The Romance of Flying is an independent film about the general aviation industry as seen through a local airport. Within a short period of time, it has achieved a passionate following and presence among pilots and aviation enthusiasts worldwide who see the film as being able to communicate their passion for aviation.[1][2] Concurrently, the film has garnered both local and national political attention in the United States as an accurate depiction of general aviation and its important contributions to all aviation industries worldwide. Within the entertainment industry, the film has attracted the sponsorship and support of many large media companies, including Apple Inc.,[3][4] Sony Electronics,[5] Toshiba, Technicolor, Bose, and Dolby, as pioneering new standards in high definition (HD) film making and distribution.


Official synopsis

One Six Right looks at the unsung hero of aviation—the local airport—through the life, history and struggle of an airport icon: Southern California's Van Nuys Airport. Through aerial sequences and stories told by passionate pilots, air traffic controllers, historians and flight enthusiasts, including well-known faces such as Sydney Pollack, Lorenzo Lamas, Paul Moyer, Hal Fishman, Desiree Horton and many others. The film uncovers the history of the airport where Amelia Earhart broke a world speed record over its runways, and where Marilyn Monroe was discovered while working in its hangars; scenes from Casablanca were filmed on the grounds.

A historical perspective of primitive airplanes from the 1920s to the state-of-the-art business jets of today frames appreciation for the significance of all general aviation airports as a critical component of the communities they serve. Located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, VNY is today the world's busiest general aviation airport and contributes over $1 billion each year to the southern California economy.

One Six Right explores common misconceptions about general aviation airports, which are often criticized for noise pollution and viewed as exclusive playgrounds for the rich. The film creates an awareness of the threat to these community airports through staggering statistics of airports that no longer exist, and the rapid rate at which they are continuing to close: one per week in the U.S. These smaller and often forgotten airports are the foundation of the aviation industry, contributing to global commerce and the breeding ground of the pilots of tomorrow.[6]

Independent distribution pioneering

The One Six Right DVD made news by selling over 10,000 units independently in its first two weeks of release. By March 2006, Brian J. Terwilliger (Producer/Director) made the cover of The Hollywood Reporter in an article titled Filmmaker Takes Flight to DVD. Brian's determination to maintain all distribution rights was a noted departure from the common practice of selling rights to a third party distributor. During the first year of distribution, One Six Right's website became a leading example of successful independent film distribution by developing a viral marketing strategy that included multiple levels of consumer awareness allowing the film to develop significant presence within its niche audiences worldwide.

Innovation in HD distribution

First to HD DVD

Filmed entirely in high definition, One Six Right took an industry leading position as an independently financed and produced film shot in high definition and distributed on DVD in both SD and HD formats.[7][8]

One Six Right is:

  • first independent film on HD DVD[9][10]
  • first documentary film on HD DVD
  • first aviation film on HD DVD

The HD DVD is a popular demonstration disc because of its HD special features and is generating buzz among HD DVD early adopters and tech-savvy consumers.[11][12] It has been used by consumer electronics companies to show off their HD DVD products.

1st exclusive 4K tour

In partnership with Sony Electronics, the One Six Right national tour covered 12 U.S. cities between July and December 2006 and showcased Sony's SXRD 4K large venue digital projectors. Completely self-funded by ticket and DVD sales at each venue, the tour received notable coverage within the entertainment industry as pioneering HD theatrical exhibition. The Hollywood Reporter covered the tour's success in the November 13, 2006 "Leadership in Hollywood" special edition in an article titled Digital do-it-yourself.[13][14][15]

The tour began at the annual Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh airshow and convention. Sony Electronics and Bose installed a 44-foot (13 m) wide screen and a 5.1 channel digital surround system in the AirVenture Museum.[16]

Notable tour finale

The tour ended on December 2, 2006 with a finale screening at the 64,000-square-foot (5,900 m2) Syncro Aviation hangar at Van Nuys Airport. Shown on the largest screen of all; Sony created a custom SXRD 4K high definition 5.1 digital surround sound movie theater in the east half of hangar with 1,300 seats for the audience.

The west half of the hangar was transformed into an aviation museum, displaying 16 of the actual aircraft shown in the film. These included two P-51s, a DC-3, a Piper Cub, a Fleet biplane, a Staggerwing Beech, two Pitts biplanes, F-5 Freedom Fighter and T-38 Talon jets, an T-6 Texan, an A-26 Invader, a B-25, a Cirrus VK-30 and a Cessna 172.

Also on display were the actual high-definition cameras used to make the film and the helicopter and its gyroscopically stabilized Gyron[disambiguation needed ] camera system that shot the aerial sequences. Two hundred sixty movie lights provided dramatic museum-style lighting from above.[17]

After the film played at the tour finale, producer/director Brian J. Terwilliger presented EAA president Tom Poberezny with a $15,395 donation to EAA's Young Eagles charity. The money was the result of a $5 per DVD donation from sales on the EAA website (during July 2006) and also during the previous EAA AirVenture Oshkosh airshow where the distributors of One Six Right collective sold 3,079 DVDs.[18][19]

A photo slide show of this finale event can be viewed on the film's website.

Political activism

On September 22, 2006, One Six Right was exhibited to the United States Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. This special screening was organized and sponsored by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA).[20][21][22]

In the Spring of 2005, AOPA sent a complimentary copy of One Six Right to every member of Congress who was a private pilot. Additionally, AOPA sent over 1,400 DVDs of One Six Right to all their airport support network volunteers in hopes of inspiring local community discussions on the importance of general aviation.

On November 15, 2005, AOPA President Phil Boyer awarded Brian J. Terwilliger with AOPA's Special Citation for Excellence for promoting General Aviation through the art of filmmaking.[23]

One Six Right has also been incorporated into the curriculum of many educational programs and is frequently used to educate students on the workings and importance of the General Aviation industry as the foundation to all aviation commerce worldwide.[citation needed]


In response to hundreds of grass-roots organized screenings, the distributors of One Six Right have created a public performance licensing process.[24][25][26][27]

Making of

The Making Of One Six Right was released in 2006 on a companion DVD titled One Six Left - The Companion DVD. This 20-minute special feature showcased the six year journey that brought One Six Right from conception to theatrical premiere.

Made on a Mac

In December 2006, Apple Inc. showcased on their website a profile featuring the story of the making of One Six Right.

  • Apple Inc. products used on this film: G5, G4, Xserve RAID, HD Cinema Display, FCP 4.5, FCP 5, Compressor, DSP 2, DSP 4, Cinema Tools, QuickTime, iTunes, iPhoto
  • Processed on Macs for this film: DV offline edit, HD online edit, design and render for all graphics, visual effect shots, photo restoration, DVD sleeve, insert, and label design, movie poster design, HD color correction, 30P to 24P frame rate conversions, and final output to D5


  • December 25, 2006, One Six Right had its world television premiere on Discovery HD Theater (now HD Theater), a sister network to The Discovery Channel.
  • By its 12th month of distribution, over 45,000 One Six Right products had been sold to consumers worldwide.
  • By December 2006, a full line of branded merchandise had been produced and made available. Products included a flex fit hat, a 2007 14-month calendar, a CD soundtrack, a 1/20th scale Piper Cub replica, an HD DVD and One Six Left - The Companion DVD.
  • By March 2007, One Six Right products were available internationally through pilot shops and entertainment stores in Australia, North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

MPAA rating

One Six Right is rated "G" for "General Audiences or All Ages Admitted" by the MPAA Film Rating System.


  1. ^ "Aero-News.Net: Film Promotes The Romance of Flying".  July 25, 2006
  2. ^ "One Six Right, A film review by Geoff Sobering".  Midwest Flyer Magazine, February/March 2007
  3. ^ "Brian J. Terwilliger: Runway Romance".  December 2006.
  4. ^ " HD Gallery". 
  6. ^ "Official Movie Website". Retrieved 2007-03-15. 
  7. ^ "DVD Talk: One Six Right: The Romance of Flying (HD DVD)". 
  8. ^ "One Six Right: Where the Air is Rarefied". 
  9. ^ "HD DVD Digest: Indie Terwilliger Jumps Into HD DVD with 'Romance of Flying'".  October 4, 2006
  10. ^ "HighDef Magazine: 34 to 24 on AJA KONA".  Page 34, Jan/February 2007
  11. ^ "One Six Right – 1st indie film on HD-DVD. anybody seen this yet?". user forum, March 9, 2007
  12. ^ "E-Gear: HD DVD Review: One Six Right". 
  13. ^ "Hollywood Reporter: Digital do-it-yourself".  November 13, 2006
  14. ^ "Los Angeles World Airports: Media Advisory".  November 30, 2006
  15. ^ "Digitally Acquired Features and TV Dramas for 2006".  Digital Cinema Society website posting, captured March 17, 2007
  16. ^ "One Six Right packs 'em in".  EAA AirVenture Today Online, July 30, 2006
  17. ^ "“One Six Right” National Tour Finale Lands at VNY".  Airport Journals, January 2007
  20. ^ "Aero-News.Net: Filmmaker Invited To Screen 'One Six Right' To DC Audience".  July 29, 2006
  21. ^ "Washington insiders treated to viewing of "One Six Right"".  General Aviation News, October 6, 2006
  22. ^ "NATA to showcase aviation documentary on Capitol Hill"".  NATA Safety First eToolkit, Page 4, September 18, 2006
  23. ^ "".  Captured March 17, 2007
  24. ^ "Official Movie Website".  Captured March 16, 2007
  25. ^ "Alaska AeroFuel Media Release".  October 19, 2006
  26. ^ "Concordia College Media Release".  Captured March 16, 2007
  27. ^ "NBAA Theater: One Six Right". Retrieved March 19, 2007. [dead link]

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