• Sarah Mason, The HMC

Inside the Cockpit with Top Gun: Maverick - Behind-the-Scenes Video


Monica Barbaro and Tom Cruise on the set of Top Gun: Maverick from Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Jerry Bruckheimer Films.

"This is a love letter to aviation. We're gonna show you what it's really like to be a Top Gun pilot," stated Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of Top Gun: Maverick and the original Top Gun. 34 years after Tom Cruise first put on his flight gear to play Maverick the star returns to the role that propelled him to super stardom.

In a new behind-the-scenes featurette released today by Paramount, we get a first-hand look at the rigorous training Cruise and the other actors went through for the aerial scenes -- flying in real military jets, pulling real G-Forces. Cruise, never one to shy from adrenaline and danger, (remember when he climbed the world’s tallest building for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol?), wanted the experience to be as authentic as possible. "You just can't create this kind of experience unless you shoot it live," explains Cruise in the featurette. “They’re pulling seven and a half, eight Gs. That’s sixteen hundred pounds of force. I’m so proud of [the actors] and what they’ve done. It’s heavy duty.”

Working with a brand new camera system, certified by IMAX, Director Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy), installed six digital cameras into the cockpits before pilots flew the actors on real-life aerial "sorties".

Thanks to these amazing cockpit cameras, Top Gun: Maverick is the first feature film to be branded under IMAX's new certification program, IMAX Enhanced. The certification program, announced in September 2018, was designed to guarantee that any equipment bearing the IMAX logo and the content you're watching on them is guaranteed to have met the IMAX standard in four areas; image, sound, scale and content.

Jerry Bruckheimer on the set of Top Gun: Maverick with the Sony Venice camera. Courtesy of Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Jerry Bruckheimer Films.

Top Gun: Maverick is also the first feature film to be filmed on the Sony Venice camera. The production's Oscar winning Cinematographer, Claudio Miranda, ASC (Life of Pi), previously used the Sony Venice to film a promotional short for Sony to launch Sony Venice, The Dig. “We went with the Venice for a number of reasons," explained Miranda. "One being the detachable sensor block – which allowed us to squeeze a previously inconceivable amount of image quality into the cockpits of these fighter jets. Another being the effective global shutter of the Venice."

Top Gun: Maverick Synopsis

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose.”

Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.

Directed by Joseph Kosinski, executive produced by Tommy Harper, Chad Oman, Mike Stenson, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie, David Ellison, written by Ehren Kruger and Eric Warren Singer and Christopher McQuarrie and based on characters created by Jim Cash & Jack Epps, Jr., starring, Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Charles Parnell, Bashir Salahuddin, Monica Barbaro, Jay Ellis, Danny Ramirez, Greg Tarzan Davis

with Ed Harris.

In theaters, Dolby Cinema and IMAX, June 26, 2020.

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