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How 'Top Gun: Maverick' got audiences inside a fighter jet

DP Claudio Miranda helped develop a lightweight camera system that will be improved when he re-teams with director Joseph Kosinski on their upcoming Formula 1 drama.

Miles Teller (far left) and Tom Cruise speak to director Joseph Kosinski (standing at right) on the set of Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick.

Miles Teller (far left) and Tom Cruise at Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick On set chatting with director Joseph Kosinski (right). Courtesy of Scott Garfield/Paramount Pictures

When Joseph Joseph Kosinski shoots aerial scenes at Paramount When returning to the top Gun: Maverick , he wants to capture as A Navy fighter pilot. “When actors actually experience that experience, they definitely act differently,” he said, describing how the filmmakers used some unique camera technology installed in the jet’s cockpit to create this experience. energy to film the actors while they were on the plane.

It works so well that now Kosinski and cinematographer Claudio Miranda aim to use similar technology to capture the experience of driving a Formula 1 car for their upcoming film starring Brad Pitt. Starring in the untitled Apple Racing movie.

Oscar Winner Pi Miles Teller (far left) and Tom Cruise speak to director Joseph Kosinski (standing at right) on the set of Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick. Tron: Legacy who has been working with Kosinski since 2021 , Miranda explained that he consulted with Sony cameras for the initial development of Venice Digital Cinema, for filming Maverick , who most recently worked with Sony on the Rialto extension system, which effectively separates the sensor from the camera . “You have this little device that sticks anywhere, and then the main body is tethered elsewhere,” he explained, noting that there are six of these cameras inside the jet, with very lightweight spherical lenses.

Actress Monica Barbaro (left) and CruiseMiles Teller (far left) and Tom Cruise speak to director Joseph Kosinski (standing at right) on the set of Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick.

Kosinski with cinematographer Claudio Miranda (right) Courtesy Scott Garfield/Paramount Pictures

“The Navy initially said we were having trouble finding space for a camera, but we ended up There are six installed there,” added Kosinski. “It’s mostly because Claudio and our entire camera department worked closely with the Navy to find a place to put all this equipment. [It took] a lot of time to design a system that would withstand the speed and Gs and be safe in case of ejection ’

Miranda said, “We wanted to capture as much of this on camera as possible,” though he certainly acknowledged the handover to the VFX team. “I mean, obviously we didn’t blow up the plane.”

The actor will be in charge of activating the camera while a Navy pilot flies the jet through the air. “There’s a little button that runs all six cameras,” Miranda said. “Then they’d say their lines and what they’d rehearse live.” After each flight, the team reviewed footage to determine if another shot was needed.

For the Formula 1 film, Kosinski said they wanted to take a similar approach to filming the actors in the race car — “to give the audience a taste of what it’s like to drive one of these incredible machines. Only Individuals can Experience this world.” Jerry Bruckheimer of Maverick and Chad Oman of Jerry Bruckheimer Films is producing. Alongside Pitt’s Plan B is seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Actress Monica Barbaro (left) and Cruise

Actresses Monica Barbaro (left) and Cruise

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More work is required on the camera system before filming can begin. “When it comes to racing, lightness is everything,” Kosinski said. “We needed to come up with a new way to capture it, making the camera smaller and lighter, like the car itself, but still capturing very high-quality cinematic images.”

For To achieve this, they have been working with Formula 1 and Hamilton. “I think each kilogram is equivalent to a tenth of a second of a revolution,” Kosinski explained. “We don’t want to put so many gears that we slow down the car because that’s not conducive to the experience.” The film is in preparation and is planned to start production in the middle and late stages 2022.

This story first appeared in the Dec. 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter.

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