Up in the Air


1h 47m 2009
Up in the Air

Brief Synopsis

Ryan has long been contented with his unencumbered lifestyle lived out across America in airports, hotels and rental cars. He can carry all he needs in one wheel-away case. He's a pampered, elite member of every travel loyalty program in existence and close to attaining his lifetime goal of 10 million frequent flier miles, and yet Ryan has nothing real to hold onto. When he falls for a simpatico fellow traveler, Ryan's boss, inspired by a young, upstart efficiency expert, threatens to permanently call him in from the road. Faced with the prospect, at once terrifying and exhilarating, of being grounded, Ryan begins to contemplate what it might actually mean to have a home.

Film Details

Also Known As
Amor sin escalas, In the Air
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Adaptation
Release Date
2009
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Location
Miami, Florida, USA; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 47m

Synopsis

Ryan has long been contented with his unencumbered lifestyle lived out across America in airports, hotels and rental cars. He can carry all he needs in one wheel-away case; he's a pampered, elite member of every travel loyalty program in existence; and he's close to attaining his lifetime goal of 10 million frequent flier miles - and yet--Ryan has nothing real to hold onto. When he falls for a simpatico fellow traveler, Ryan's boss, inspired by a young, upstart efficiency expert, threatens to permanently call him in from the road. Faced with the prospect, at once terrifying and exhilarating, of being grounded, Ryan begins to contemplate what it might actually mean to have a home.

Crew

Nino Aldi

Production Assistant

Muktsar Ali

Props

Natasha Allegro

Hair Stylist

Casey Allen

Digital Effects Artist

Ivan Allen

Electrician

Richard M Allen

Grip

Claudia D Ambriz

Craft Service

Bobby Amor

On-Set Dresser

Jason Apperson

Electrician

Tom Arbia

Props

Prarthna Arias

Video Assist/Playback

Spencer Armajo

Digital Effects Artist

Charles Atlas

Song Performer

Dan Auerbach

Song

Dan Auerbach

Song Performer

Jeff Babko

Song Performer

James Bailey

Foley Artist

Will Barnes

Software Engineer

Tom Barrett

Grip

Keith Batchelor

Electrician

Craig Bauer

Photography

Arthur Clayton Beall

Pilot

Kurt Beckler

Grip

Ali Bell

Associate Producer

Lynette Bernay

Costumer

Michael Beugg

Executive Producer

Michael Beugg

Unit Production Manager

Sonia Bhalla

Assistant Director

Barney Bigard

Song

Kyle Billingsley

Foley Mixer

Chad Bishoff

Production Assistant

Timothy Black

Rigging Electrician

Tony Blondal

Original Music

Jason Blumenfeld

Associate Producer

Jason Blumenfeld

Assistant Director

Kelly Bogdan

Photography

Lawrence L Bolding

Grip

John Bonaccorse

Production Assistant

Ted Boonthanakit

Storyboard Artist

Gregory Boots

On-Set Dresser

Marvin Jackie Bowie

Rigging Electrician

Jose Branas

Production Assistant

Martha Brezany-adams

Makeup Artist

Sara Kate Brinkley

Production Assistant

Geoffrey Brock

Rigging Electrician

Vinnie Brown

Song

Ricou Browning

Coordinator

Ricou Browning

Stunt Coordinator

Roy Buchanan

Song Performer

Roy Buchanan

Song

Dennis Buffum

Grip

Nate Buffum

Grip

Barney Cabral

Adr Editor

Cat Cacciatore

Props Buyer

Andrew Max Cahn

Art Director

Michael Calabrese

On-Set Dresser

John Campbell

Production Assistant

Rick Canelli

Adr

Kaylene Carlson

Production Supervisor

Amy L Carrelli

Assistant Production Coordinator

Amy Cheyfitz

Costumer

Curtis Childers

Construction Coordinator

Daniel Chuba

Visual Effects Producer

Michael H Clark

Special Effects Technician

Rick Clark

Music Supervisor

Trent Claus

Digital Effects Artist

Todd Clevenger

Painter

Jeffrey Clifford

Producer

Sean Clouser

Construction Coordinator

Stephen Coleman

Music

Tom Cornell

Rigging Grip

Kenneth Coulman

Special Effects Technician

Daniel L Cowden

Transportation Captain

Mary Crabtree

Hair Stylist

David Crosby

Song

Katina A Cross

Production Secretary

Charlie Croughwell

Stunt Coordinator

Marissa Crozier

Production Assistant

Yanosh Cuglove

Apprentice Editor

Patrick Cunningham

Assistant Director

Terence Trent D'arby

Song

Terence Trent D'arby

Song Performer

Tommy Daguanno

Grip

Jamie Leigh Dake

Assistant Production Coordinator

Steve Dale

Assistant Director

Sandra Davis

Seamstress Supervisor

Trinity Tad Davis

Accountant

William Dawson

Special Effects Coordinator

Ashley Dayley

Hair Stylist

Justin Dec

Production Assistant

John Demonaco

Sound

Nicholas Deroo

Assistant Location Manager

Ken Deubel

Painter

Rachel Dik

Production Assistant

Matt Dike

Song

Alfredo Dinala

Grip

Christopher C Dino

Rigging Electrician

Katherine Distefano

Makeup Artist

Jamie Dixon

Visual Effects Supervisor

Craig Dollinger

Boom Operator

Daniel Dubiecki

Producer

Jonathon Dugas

Grip

Jim Dunbar

Music Coordinator

Gary Dunham

On-Set Dresser

Ron Durham

Assistant Location Manager

Darry Dusbiber

Rigging Grip

Alex Edlin

Stunts

Bernard Edwards

Song

Paul Eichler

Rigging Electrician

Duke Ellington

Song

Fran Ellison

Seamstress Supervisor

Rod England

On-Set Dresser

Jeff Erdmann

Sound

Helen Estabrook

Associate Producer

Everett Everett

Transportation Captain

Bradford Fanfalone

Photography

Jody Felz

Set Costumer

Kenneth Ferguson

Rigging Electrician

Eddie Fickett

Assistant Location Manager

Cale Finot

Photography

Eric Flickinger

Sound Mixer

Brian Fosnaugh

Chief Lighting Technician

Bruce Fowler

Assistant

Eli Fowler

Production Assistant

Jamie Franta

Grip

Anne Freivogel

Photography

Elisabeth Fry

Makeup

Doug Frye

Production Assistant

Mollie Gamo

Casting Assistant

Ivan Garcia

Production Assistant

Daniel Gartner

Assistant

Nicholas Gartner

Electrician

Kay Gee

Song

Franco Georgianna

Propman

Gene P. Gibas

Props

Vanessa Gibson

Accounting Assistant

Dana E Glauberman

Editor

Jack P Glenn

Dolly Grip

Danny Glicker

Costume Designer

Greg Goad

On-Set Dresser

Rachael Godfrey

Assistant

Shai Goldenberg

Rigging Grip

Sarah Goller

Assistant Location Manager

Maria Gonzales

Assistant Editor

Berry Gordy

Song

Amy Graham

On-Set Dresser

Dale Grahn

Color Timer

Julie Ann Grasso

Production Secretary

Kathleen Gratz

Costumer

Matt Greenberg

Song

Ted Gregg

Rigging Grip

Aaron Grice

Sound

Ted Griffin

Executive Producer

Dylan Gross

Aerial Director Of Photography

John Guentner

Foley Mixer

Woody Guthrie

Song

Jeffrey Hall

Medic

Mark Hanselman

On-Set Dresser

David Harren

Foreman

Patty Harrigan

Production Assistant

Barbara Harris

Voice Casting

Kurt Harris

Special Effects Technician

Geno Hart

Transportation Coordinator

Omar Hassan-reep

Assistant Editor

Sam Hassel

Grip

Roland Hathaway

Special Effects Foreman

Tim Hawn

Rigging Electrician

Brian Hayden

Electrician

Gordon Hayman

Grip

Cynthia Heller

Production Assistant

Lavelle Higgins

Rigging Electrician

Roger Hinders

Scenic Artist

Andrea Hirschegger

Assistant

Heather L Hogan

Assistant Director

Tom Holzhauer

Production Assistant

David Houlle

Rigging Electrician

Carla J Huber

Scenic Artist

Cary Hudson

Song

Kirk Huston

Transportation Co-Captain

Bodie Hyman

Grip

Rob Hyman

Song

Jennifer Iizuka

Set Costumer

Matthew D Isgro

Production Assistant

Judith A Ivanyi

Painter

Brent Jaimes

On-Set Dresser

April Janow

Production Accountant

Saj Jayasinghe

Accountant

Chris Jensen

Color Timer

Loren J Johnson

Electrician

Peggy Johnson

Painter

Thomas Johnson

Painter

J. Stanley Johnston

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Justin Jones

Visual Effects Supervisor

Kimberly Jones

Makeup Artist

Ross Jones

Grip

Sharon Jones

Song Performer

Nancy Jundi

Software Engineer

Lisa Kalz

Makeup Artist

Gary Kangrga

Rigging Grip

Phyllis Karpinski

Casting Assistant

Film Details

Also Known As
Amor sin escalas, In the Air
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Adaptation
Release Date
2009
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Location
Miami, Florida, USA; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 47m

Articles

Up in the Air


There's a lot more going on in Up in the Air than meets the eye. This story about a corporate downsizer who flies in to fire people, then flies back out, is less about that and more about building on a dream just to watch it crumble away. Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) is a man hired by corporations too afraid to do their own dirty work, to go in and lay off employees by the dozens, sometimes the hundreds. Instead of focusing on the harm he's doing as a hatchet man, Bingham focuses on all the miles he's building up as a frequent flier and knows that one day he will reach the magic number, 10 million, something only a handful of people have ever done. It's his dream, one he thinks about while destroying the dreams of others. But as he builds on his own, he constructs its very demise.

Jason Reitman was still in his first decade of feature filmmaking with Up in the Air, and he slyly filled the cast with people who had been laid off in a similar fashion to those in the film. Reitman said the film, co-written with Sheldon Turner, was really about making the choice to be alone or not and it's that choice that bedevils the lead character of Ryan. His life of flying all around the country on a constant mission is one that must be done in solitude. But if he changes his mind, those 10 million miles will seem like nothing more than a wasted life.

The film was a hit and garnered multiple Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director for Reitman and Best Actor for Clooney. It also garnered two Best Supporting Actress nominations for Anna Kendrick and Vera Farmiga. Kendrick plays the young executive tasked with accompanying Clooney on his trips to learn more about the process firsthand before letting technology take over, where people get canned via video-conferencing, which would mean no more flying for Clooney. Farmiga plays Alex, another frequent flier who starts up a casual relationship with Clooney and provides him a fleeting sense of relationship during his travels. Whether he will commit to her and a life on the ground is, of course, up in the air.

As well as being a critical and awards hit, Up in the Air was also a box office hit. This might seem unlikely at first, that a drama/comedy about a middle-aged man building up frequent flier miles might be of interest to the moviegoing public at large, but in retrospect, there's no mystery at all to its success. Though based on a 2001 novel of the same name written by Walter Kirn, it wasn't made into a film and released until 2009. At that point, America and the rest of the world were in the worst economic slump since the Great Depression and millions of Americans knew exactly what it was like getting unceremoniously laid off. This was a movie that spoke to them and to the slim hope that maybe there was more to the story. That maybe soon, they may get back up again. Mainly, it provided a catharsis.

Years later, Up in the Air still works because Reitman was smart enough to make it more about being alone than being laid off. More about building and hoping than crushing and despairing. It could have been a tepid tale of a corporate puppet going for gold. Instead, it's a story about anyone who ever had to choose between two lives: the one you want to lead and the one you want to lead with someone else.

Directed by Jason Reitman
Written by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner
Produced by Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman
Cast: George Clooney (Ryan Bingham), Vera Farmiga (Alex Goran), Anna Kendrick (Natalie Keener), Jason Bateman (Craig Gregory), Amy Morton (Kara Bingham), Melanie Lynskey (Julie Bingham), J.K. Simmons (Bob), Sam Elliott (Maynard Finch), Danny McBride (Miller), Zach Galifianakis (Steve),Chris Lowell (Kevin)
Music by Rolfe Kent
Cinematography by Eric Steelberg
Film Editing by Dana E. Glauberman
Casting By Mindy Marin
Production Design by Steve Saklad
Art Direction by Andrew Max Cahn
Set Decoration by Linda Lee Sutton
Costume Design by Danny Glicker

By Greg Ferrara
Up In The Air

Up in the Air

There's a lot more going on in Up in the Air than meets the eye. This story about a corporate downsizer who flies in to fire people, then flies back out, is less about that and more about building on a dream just to watch it crumble away. Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) is a man hired by corporations too afraid to do their own dirty work, to go in and lay off employees by the dozens, sometimes the hundreds. Instead of focusing on the harm he's doing as a hatchet man, Bingham focuses on all the miles he's building up as a frequent flier and knows that one day he will reach the magic number, 10 million, something only a handful of people have ever done. It's his dream, one he thinks about while destroying the dreams of others. But as he builds on his own, he constructs its very demise. Jason Reitman was still in his first decade of feature filmmaking with Up in the Air, and he slyly filled the cast with people who had been laid off in a similar fashion to those in the film. Reitman said the film, co-written with Sheldon Turner, was really about making the choice to be alone or not and it's that choice that bedevils the lead character of Ryan. His life of flying all around the country on a constant mission is one that must be done in solitude. But if he changes his mind, those 10 million miles will seem like nothing more than a wasted life. The film was a hit and garnered multiple Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director for Reitman and Best Actor for Clooney. It also garnered two Best Supporting Actress nominations for Anna Kendrick and Vera Farmiga. Kendrick plays the young executive tasked with accompanying Clooney on his trips to learn more about the process firsthand before letting technology take over, where people get canned via video-conferencing, which would mean no more flying for Clooney. Farmiga plays Alex, another frequent flier who starts up a casual relationship with Clooney and provides him a fleeting sense of relationship during his travels. Whether he will commit to her and a life on the ground is, of course, up in the air. As well as being a critical and awards hit, Up in the Air was also a box office hit. This might seem unlikely at first, that a drama/comedy about a middle-aged man building up frequent flier miles might be of interest to the moviegoing public at large, but in retrospect, there's no mystery at all to its success. Though based on a 2001 novel of the same name written by Walter Kirn, it wasn't made into a film and released until 2009. At that point, America and the rest of the world were in the worst economic slump since the Great Depression and millions of Americans knew exactly what it was like getting unceremoniously laid off. This was a movie that spoke to them and to the slim hope that maybe there was more to the story. That maybe soon, they may get back up again. Mainly, it provided a catharsis. Years later, Up in the Air still works because Reitman was smart enough to make it more about being alone than being laid off. More about building and hoping than crushing and despairing. It could have been a tepid tale of a corporate puppet going for gold. Instead, it's a story about anyone who ever had to choose between two lives: the one you want to lead and the one you want to lead with someone else. Directed by Jason Reitman Written by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner Produced by Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman Cast: George Clooney (Ryan Bingham), Vera Farmiga (Alex Goran), Anna Kendrick (Natalie Keener), Jason Bateman (Craig Gregory), Amy Morton (Kara Bingham), Melanie Lynskey (Julie Bingham), J.K. Simmons (Bob), Sam Elliott (Maynard Finch), Danny McBride (Miller), Zach Galifianakis (Steve),Chris Lowell (Kevin) Music by Rolfe Kent Cinematography by Eric Steelberg Film Editing by Dana E. Glauberman Casting By Mindy Marin Production Design by Steve Saklad Art Direction by Andrew Max Cahn Set Decoration by Linda Lee Sutton Costume Design by Danny Glicker By Greg Ferrara

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Miscellaneous Notes

Shown at London Film Festival (Galas & Special Screenings) October 14-29, 2009.

Shown at Rome International Film Festival (Official Selection Competition) October 15-23, 2009.

Based on the novel 'Up in the Air' by Walter Kirn published by Doubleday July, 2001.

Ted Griffin was previously attached to direct.

Michael McCullers was previously attached to write.

Jay Roach was previously attached to direct.

Writer-producer Ted Griffin brought the project to Montecito where it was picked up for option.

Project was previously in development at DreamWorks before its separation from Paramount.

Project was previously in development at Fox 2000 and Everyman Pictures.

Montecito Pictures paid $250,000 against $600,000 for Sheldon Turner's adaptation of Walter Kirn's novel "Up in the Air" published by Doubleday.

Project was included on the 2008 Black List.

Limited Release in United States December 4, 2009 (2500+)

Released in United States Winter December 4, 2009

Expanded Release in United States December 11, 2009

Wide Release in United States December 25, 2009

Released in United States on Video March 9, 2010

Released in United States October 2009 (Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival (Spotlight) October 8-12, 2009.)

Nominated for three 2009 awards including Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (George Clooney) and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick) by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

Voted one of the 10 best films of 2009 by the American Film Institute (AFI).

Winner of four 2009 awards including Best Film, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress (Anna Kendrick) and co-winner of the award for Best Actor (George Clooney) by the National Board of Review (NBR).

Winner of the 2009 award for Best Actor (George Clooney) by the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC).

Winner of the 2009 award for Best Adapted Screenplay by the Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA).

Winner of the 2009 award for Best Adapted Screenplay by the Writers Guild of America (WGA).

Winner of the 2009 award for Best Screenplay by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA).

Winner of the 2009 Orange Award for Best Adapted Screenplay by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Winner of the 2009 Satellite Award for Best Original Score by the International Press Academy (IPA).

Winner of three 2009 awards including Best Film, Best Actor (George Clooney) and Best Adapted Screenplay by the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA).

Winner of two 2009 awards including Best Supporting Actress (Anna Kendrick) and co-winner for Best Screenplay by the Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA).

Limited Release in United States December 4, 2009

Released in United States Winter December 4, 2009

Expanded Release in United States December 11, 2009

Wide Release in United States December 25, 2009

Released in United States on Video March 9, 2010

Released in United States October 2009

Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival (Spotlight) October 8-12, 2009.

Nominated for the 2009 award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film by the Directors Guild of America (DGA).

Released in United States October 2009 (Shown at London Film Festival (Galas & Special Screenings) October 14-29, 2009.)

Released in United States October 2009 (Shown at Rome International Film Festival (Official Selection Competition) October 15-23, 2009.)