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Top Gun: Maverick

Tom Cruise a Top Gun: Maverick/ Paramount Pictures

director Joseph Kosinsky and cameraman Claudia Miranda joined together to introduce themselves Top Gun: Maverick to an enthusiastic audience at the 30th EnergaCamerimage International Film Festival over the weekend.

Viewers cheered the film’s dogfight sequences and applauded the cast throughout the credits. Camerimage is known for its devoted fans, but even by festival standards, the response has been overwhelming.

Kosinski and Miranda participated in a post-screening question and answer session, during which the director announced they are collaborating on three new projects. One, set in the world of Formula 1 racing, is produced by Jerry Brueckheimer and racing legend Lewis Hamilton for AppleTV+.

Top Gun: Maverick is the fifth collaboration between Miranda and Kosinski; In fact, Miranda, who hails from Chile, is the only cinematographer Kosinski has worked with on his feature films, including Tron: Legacy, oblivion, only the brave and spider head.

“We both like to solve problems,” Miranda explained. “With every film, it seems like we find a new challenge to overcome. We both love the process of creating and bringing something to screen that we’ve never seen before.”

Top Gun: Maverick

Tom Cruise a Top Gun: Maverick/ Paramount Pictures

When asked about the problems he faced, Miranda mentioned that he had to install six cameras in the jet cockpits. He practiced on a Czech L39 model before finding an older version of an F18. With the help of real Top Gun pilots, he removed enough unnecessary electronics to fit the desired system.

“Everyone saw the original top gun, so they kind of got behind my idea, ‘Let’s tear this old F 18 apart so we can fit cameras in it,'” Miranda said, laughing. “I worked with Sony who helped develop the Rialto system and also the camera. After months of being told it was impossible to put six cameras on a jet, we were able to do it.”

Kosinski addressed reports that the actors in the cockpits were essentially left to their own devices.

“There’s always a bit of anxiety when you put actors on fighter jets, but we did so much preparation for those scenes that I wasn’t really nervous,” he said. “We started each day with a two-hour briefing. All the actors, the pilots, Claudio, our editor Eddie Hamilton, we went through the day’s work. Every single line, every single storyboard.”

“After that two-hour letter, we went down to a wooden version of the plane to rehearse. I sat right next to the actor and the pilot and went through everything they had to do, from turning on the cameras to adjusting their visors. What her eye line should be. Where Claudio wanted the sun. That would take another hour. Then we put them in the jets, set everything up and sent them off. So you were very well prepared to go there. It was like rehearsing a play.”

“When they fly alone, that was maybe one of the most difficult things in the movie,” Miranda added. “You weren’t there, and you want to be there all the time. We initially tried to find ways to be upstairs with them, but it turned out to be really impractical. We found it best to plan our day as thoroughly as possible. It was a new situation for both of us, sending people away and seeing what they get two hours later. In the beginning it was very nerve-wracking. But we were really prepared. Sometimes we experienced great surprises. Sometimes we had to send them back up.”

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Jennifer Connelly in Top Gun: Maverick/ Paramount Pictures

Kosinski said he recorded the opening scene between Maverick (Tom cruise) and Penny (Jennifer Connelly) surprisingly difficult to shoot in their bar.

“You introduce almost the entire cast of characters, and you do everything in one place,” he said. “In terms of logistics, blocking and processing, it was a big challenge.”

The director said they ended up shooting the scene twice because they weren’t happy with Maverick and Penny’s relationship.

“They hadn’t seen each other in the script for 36 years,” he explained. “We quickly realized that in the six or seven scenes that they had in this movie, it took them a long way from that point to the end of the movie where they essentially had to be in love.”

Top Gun: Maverick

Jennifer Connelly and Tom Cruise present Top Gun: Maverick/ Paramount Pictures

The filmmakers came up with a new version of Maverick and Penny’s off-and-on relationship over the years. With more history, they might fall in love again more easily.

After remodeling the bar and filming the new version, Kosinski realized he could remodel other material as well, such as the duel between Rooster (Miles Teller) and executioner (GlenPowell). In the new version, Rooster and Hangman meet in a way that mirrors a confrontation between Maverick and Iceman (Val Kilmer) in the first movie.

Kosinski pointed out another difficult scene where Penny sails with Maverick. They had to film it three times. Without enough wind in the first two, they moved the third shoot to San Francisco.

“Jen really was at the helm of that sailboat,” Kosinski recalled. “Tom was really sliding around on the deck. Claudio and I were on a boat parallel to them. I was holding on for my life, looking over his shoulder as he tried to operate. That scene was probably the hardest to capture.”

Top Gun: Maverick is available to buy or rent now and will stream December 22nd on Paramount+.

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