Not only is the Intrepid an aircraft carrier, it’s a working museum and a film location. The aircraft carrier Intrepid (CVS-11) first served in World War II, became one of the primary recovery vessels for NASA, and served three tours of duty during the Vietnam conflict. It is now a national historic landmark and one of the most unique attractions in New York City.
I’ve shot inside the Intrepid a couple of times now, and I’m always amazed at the size. An aircraft carrier is a floating city, and on one shoot, my team and I were allowed to visit the bowels of the ship that are off limits to the public. We walked though dimly lit labyrinthine corridors, disturbing a fine layer of dust. Giant wheel valves and levers that covered the interior walls were almost irresistible to turn. Eventually, a little claustrophobia got the better of me as I imagined people running through such close quarters. Needless-to-say, I don’t think I’d do well on a submarine.
I had the privilege of shooting inside the Intrepid again this week for an upcoming project and was inspired all over again. Stay tuned for a later post once it airs on AMC.
In the meantime, did you know:
- Fo’c’s’le stands for Forecastle. On the Intrepid, it’s the bow of the ship that contains the ropes and chains for the two 30,000-pound anchors, and everything is massive – even the wrenches!
- In order to take equipment on board, they don’t use a freight elevator; they use a Bomb Elevator. How many times can you say you’ve ridden in a Bomb Elevator?
- And when a cable in the bomb elevator snaps, they use a cargo wench to haul the gear onto the ship.
Be sure to visit the museum after July 19, 2012 when the space shuttle Enterprise becomes part of its permanent exhibit!