How ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Took Audiences Inside the Fighter Jets

The movie is fantastic! ~V

DP Claudio Miranda helped develop a lightweight camera system, which will be refined as he reteams with director Joseph Kosinski on their upcoming Formula One drama.

When Joseph Kosinski took on the aerial scenes in Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick, he wanted to capture the experience of being a Navy fighter pilot. “The actors certainly behave differently when they’re experiencing that for real,” he says, describing how the filmmakers created that energy with some unique camera technology that was mounted inside the jet cockpits to film the actors while they were aboard.

It worked so well that now Kosinski and cinematographer Claudio Miranda are aiming to use similar technology to capture the experience of driving a Formula One car for their upcoming untitled Apple racing movie starring Brad Pitt.

An Oscar winner for Life of Pi who has been collaborating with Kosinski since 2010’s Tron: Legacy, Miranda explains that he consulted with Sony on the initial development of its Venice digital cinematography camera, which was used to shoot Maverick, and more recently, he worked with Sony on the Rialto extension system that effectively detaches the sensor from the camera.

“You have this little device that you can stick anywhere, and then the main body would be tethered somewhere else,” he explains, noting that there were six such cameras inside the jets, with very lightweight spherical lenses.

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