While many big budget feature films regularly use green or blue backgrounds as part of their production, this was absolutely out of the question with Top Gun: Maverick. If the first part was shot without digital effects, as they were not yet available, the same was true for the second episode. With the full cooperation of the military, director Joseph Kosinski made his film with real planes in authentic settings such as Lake Tahoe.
The Lake Tahoe region is immersed in greenery and appears covered in snow in Top Gun: Maverick. This is the location of the enemy base that Maverick’s (Tom Cruise) squadron is supposed to attack in order to destroy a stockpile of weapons. A scene shot in collaboration with authentic pilots, permanently at the actors’ side. Tom Cruise, however, has actually flown some aircraft such as the plane with which he flies through the sky at the end of the film, together with Jennifer Connelly. A device that the actor was willing to “lend” to the production.
Many of the sequences required breaking a few Navy rules. Thus, as a general rule, the military prohibits its pilots from flying below 200 feet during training. Nevertheless, this is precisely what the F-18s do in Top Gun: Maverick. In one scene, Maverick is 50 feet above the ground. The passage of the plane even caused the cameras to shake. An experience that the pilot in charge of the stunt has sworn never to repeat. A scene that Tom Cruise, of course present in the aircraft, will certainly remember for a long time.
This is the second time Joseph Kosinski has directed Miles Teller after Line of Fire in 2017.
Lake Tahoe is the largest in North America. Located in the Sierra Nevada, it straddles California and Nevada.
35 km long, 19 km wide and 501 meters deep, Lake Tahoe was once located on the territory of the Washos, an Amerindian people. Discovered by John Charles Fremont in 1844, the site was officially named Lake Tahoe in 1945. Its crystal clear water, its surrounding nature, as generous as it is fascinating, and the many plant and animal species found there make it a tourist site. particularly popular in all seasons.
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