We’ve been testing our fair share of serious photography hardware here at TechRadar, but Top Gun: Maverick’s really ridiculous film camera setup also plunged our heads, weary of the world.
In an exclusive interview with TechRadar to promote the upcoming blockbuster, Top Gun: Maverick Director Joseph Kosinski explained how he and his team came to film the film’s over 800 hours of footage (813 to be exact), set for release in the UK on May 25th and worldwide on May 27th.
“part of him [amount of footage] It was the result of too many cameras.” spider head The filmmakers told us. “We are six [Sony VENICE] Camera in the cockpit. We operated two jets at the same time. There are 12 cameras. We had four cameras doing air-to-air on the ground, one or two cameras doing air-to-air, and we had the cameras on the outside of the plane.”
That’s 20 different sea bream we counted. “Some of these cameras had to be on when the plane took off and then off when landing,” Kosinski added. “So just the amount of running cameras can produce that much footage.”
However, as the director said, many cameras do not guarantee cinematic success. And that’s the nature of shooting antennas that are practical because we’re talking about very fast moving objects and sometimes passing each other.”
As for how Kosinski and the company utilized that 14-hour day, he and his crew kept a tight production schedule. “We had a two-hour briefing with all the pilots, actors and Tom in the morning. [Cruise]Editor and cinematographer Kosinski said:
“Then we’re going to pay for a one-hour rehearsal that is essentially a mockup of an F-18 cockpit. The actors and the naval aviators flying with them will be on the ground next to me and we’ll be repeating and rehearsing everything from back down the visors and sweating our faces to turning on the cameras.”
Only after all this preparation will the stars of the film actually fly into the sky. “When they came back, we loaded the footage, watched it, gave them notes, and sent it back. So it was a process of rehearsing a lot.”
That effort to achieve the desired aviation results has definitely paid off. In our 5-star review of Top Gun: Maverick, we said that Kosinski and Cruise successfully delivered “a series of aerial stunt sequences that truly raise the bar for seat action.” It’s like Maverick and the other pilots are traveling at close to 1,000 miles per hour.”
We’ll be sharing more information from the cast and crew of Top Gun: Maverick over the next few days, so stay tuned to TechRadar ahead of the long-awaited release of the film in theaters later this week.