Movie Special Effects - Top Gun -
Starring Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis,
Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards
Directed by Tony Scott
Missile shots during shooting of the movie!
In the Bay area, the behind the scenes folks responsible for the visuals
were gearing up for the second leg of the film. The VFX team did some
amazing visual work that tied together beautifully with the live action
Aerial scenes. The master minds behind the FX were Special Effects supervisor,
Gary Gutierrez, and Director of Photography, Rick Fichter. The two had
worked together previously on “The Right Stuff”, and the work they did on
that film showed off their talents at creating incredibly real aircraft
miniatures in flight that rivaled actual footage of the real planes.
USFX based out of San Francisco was the VFX house that would be used to
build all the F-14’s and F-5 models for the flat spin and explosion scenes.
The models were built at a frantic pace and everyday, loads of them would be
trucked off to the mountain top location in Oakland. The models, once there,
would be thrown off 80 foot manlift’s, spun on wires, blown up, shot at, and
burned on a daily basis.
Gary Gutierrez and I worked on Top Gun and The Running Man together.