The air-to-air combat scenes look incredible.
At a dinner for the 2023 New York Film Critics Circle Awards, Top Gun: Maverick's cinematographer Claudio Miranda revealed that the movie was inspired by an animated short film called Paths of Hate.
Written and directed by Damian Nenow, the animation released in 2010 opened new horizons for Miranda.
“We looked at aerial footage in movies, but it didn’t really apply to what we were doing,” he told IndieWire. “We found this animated movie, and in animation they can do anything they want. I showed it to Tom and Joe and said, ‘This would be pretty cool for the sequence flying over water. Why don’t we approach this differently? Why don’t we show things you can’t get anywhere else?'”
Paths of Hate is described as a short film "filled with spectacular and attractive-looking air-to-air combat scenes. In both its structure and its innovative 3D graphics-based image stylizations, the short resembles a comic book come to life." Truly, inspiration comes in unexpected forms sometimes.
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