Test Helicopter Model
from the movie Team America: World Police
(Paramount Pictures, 2004)
This is a miniature model of a Black Hawk UH-60 helicopter (the chopper of choice for Team America) that was used to test different ways of shooting the movie. Bill Pope (Director of Photography for the film) wanted to see if he could use a photograph of a city laid out on a table and film that while holding the helicopter on a stick close to the camera to make 'in-flight' footage of the helicopter flying over Paris. To see if this would look believable to the audience, they made a couple of little grey models, put them on sticks and used a hand held mini video camera to experiment with. This is one of those helicopters. It also looks like they trying a couple of different fonts for the Team America logo.
Circled here is a little metal 'pipe' installed in the helicopter
which is where a stick or metal rod would
Here's a screen cap of Bill Pope conducting this test with a photo
of Paris with a mini Eiffel Tower model.