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The war short that made Top Gun: Maverick possible

In the innovative stunts Top Gun: Maverick they are the result of a clear source of inspiration, revealed the cinematographer behind the blockbuster. A short film that you can watch for free on YouTube.

Tom Cruise is a maniac. Not only because of his role in Scientology, but also because of how he keeps pushing his own limits in the movies he makes.

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The Mission Impossible actor is now sixty years old, but that doesn’t stop the American from continuing to do his stunts himself. Last month he shared a video of a stunt in which he jump off a cliff on a motorbike. He also wants to follow Russia and shoot a movie in space, with Cruise even planning to set a record.

This extreme dedication produces spectacular films. Top Gun: Maverick impressed with the action in the air. actual action. Real fighter planes. It’s not a never-ending CGI show, like you’re used to with those kinds of blockbusters in 2023. Specific camera equipment was even developed to ensure the pilots could be filmed in their cockpit. Six cinema-quality cameras and Tom Cruise, crammed into a small space.

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Inspiration for Top Gun: Maverick

But what is your inspiration as a filmmaker when you are working on an innovative film? When exploring new territories? The cinematographer Claudio Miranda, who has all the beauty in Top Gun: Maverick appears on your screen, an intriguing response.

Miranda was inspired by another medium: animation. Of course, animation knows no boundaries – you can draw anything, no matter how weird or unrealistic. You don’t have to deal with the laws of physics and the limitations of live action.

At the 2023 New York Film Critics Circle Awards, Miranda received the Best Cinematography award, of course for Dissident. Cinematographer Tom Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski did not want the revolutionary stunt work in the original. top gun copy.

paths of hate

However, Miranda had a goal, a bar, a source of inspiration, and it came from an unexpected place. in the stunts Dissident are inspired by the animated short film paths of hatevan Damian Nenow.

With that 2010 short, the Polish filmmaker uses aerial combat to show the effect of anger on the human psyche. That makes the action between the fighter jets instantly human, introspective. However, that doesn’t alter the fact that Nenow has also provided a spectacular roller coaster in terms of action. The camera flies back and forth between the planes, in and out of the cabins.

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a point on the horizon

A great achievement, albeit for animation, and therefore also a great source of inspiration for camera work in Top Gun: Maverick. As Miranda told the film magazine Indiewire, “If I get on planes Dissident could make it look like the dogfight in Nenow’s captivating portrayal of war, it would be a live-action movie the likes of which the general public has never seen before.”

In other words, the point on the horizon was finally clear. cruise and company finally had a goal, found a way to do it Dissident can be distinguished from the original top guncreating an innovative action in your own way.

And the good news? That’s you paths of hate complete on youtube. Completely free. Ten minutes of spectacular action and more emotion than you would expect from an animated film. Go see that! Top Gun: Maverick you can also stream on the new SkyShowTime streaming service. Fancy more action with fighter jets? So China has a flashy one. top guncopy ready for you.

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