In these brief but incredible videos, award-winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda discusses behind-the-scenes footage, logistics, and shares stories from the set of the 2022 blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick.
The sequel to the massively popular 1986 original film took so long to be made because the team specifically wanted to wait until the technology was available to capture it all with practical effects. As Miranda says in the video: “This is not green screen nonsense.”
He explains how some of the cameras were rigged in “really impossible places,” which he says required the lenses involved to be of incredible quality while also being very compact. Since Top Gun was more about long lenses, Miranda opted to use the Premiere 75-400mm T2.8-3.8 “all over the place.”
While many smaller cameras and lenses like Zeiss Loxia and Voigtländer were used for the close-up and in-cockpit shots, to capture the action and fast motion of the Fighter Jets, the cinematographers wanted to keep things shot with long zoom lenses.