With thousands of U.S. Navy, Marine and Coast Guard personnel in town, and their ships and aircraft on the waters and skies above the Bay, San Francisco Fleet Week 2011 was one spectacular visual display. The Academy and its people were involved all week; here are some highlights in images recorded by students and alumni.
Fleet Week, the annual gathering of crews, ships and craft, ran Oct. 5–11. As previously reported here, the Academy of Art University made its fleet of buses available to transport the throngs of service men and women to and from event venues all over the city.
Academy students and alums were active on many fronts, including appearances by members of the school’s Veterans Club in public service announcements (which we covered here) developed for the week’s events.
The group image above that leads this post is by School of Photography MFA student Elena Zhukova. Graduate Director of Photography Will Mosgrove relates the story of how this massive and elaborate shot was created:
“When we request permits to photograph in the City of San Francisco, the Film Commission is quite helpful but has some standing rules. Number one is you cannot shut down MUNI, the city’s bus and streetcar system. We had planned to shut down California Street for the shot but had to allow for the cable cars to continue to travel on their designated routes … and we had to allow for buses to crisscross California Street as well.
“The Mayor’s office became involved and assigned special police teams to us, which allowed us to stop the crossing bus and pedestrian traffic for minutes at a time while Elena was taking the photograph. We still had to allow for the cable cars — we’d planned to move the troops to the sides when a car came along. Again the Mayor’s office stepped up, and before we knew it, buses had been assigned to transport cable car passengers around the parameter of the now-closed California Street so we wouldn’t have to move the troops.
“So not only did we close down the cable cars — this is almost never done — the city even sent one specific cable car to be placed in the location you see in the shot. There was a big ‘Wow!’ factor to the whole production.” (See behind-the-scenes image of the shoot here.)