Glen Powell and Top Gun: Maverick pilots give exclusive look at Blue Angels IMAX doc

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Producers J.J. Abrams and Glen Powell exclusively preview the upcoming 'Blue Angels' IMAX doc, shot with help from aerial coordinators from 'Top Gun: Maverick.'

EW's 2024 Summer Preview has dozens of exclusive looks at the most anticipated TV shows, movies, books, and music of entertainment's hottest season. Continue to visit is once again taking us to the skies, but this time, he’s letting the real pilots take the controls. . For the very first time, the documentary will bring audiences inside the cockpit of the Navy’s elite Flight Demonstration Squadron, which has been captivating crowds with jaw-dropping stunts for 75 years.

“What makes this documentary different than seeing it from the ground is you're not here; you're in it,” adds Powell.Shot with IMAX cameras rigged to a helicopter, the film marks the first time a civilian aircraft has been permitted to fly inside the performance airspace called “the box.” During some of the hair-raising maneuvers, the F-18 planes fly within just 12 inches of each other.

Veteran aerial director of photography Michael FitzMaurice and aerial coordinator and helicopter camera pilot Kevin LaRosa II were brought aboard to capture the spectacle in ways audiences have never seen before. “We had just come off of“We came up with this idea: Wouldn't it be really cool to see these jets at 1,000 frames a second to let people live in that little moment…,” explains FitzMaurice, as LaRosa finishes his thought, “...

“A lot of consideration went into how to shoot the Blue Angels in ways you’ve never seen before,” confirms Abrams. “It's the closest I think any of us will come to being in the cockpit with these pilots. It's a remarkable thing to see.”also takes us inside the pilot’s briefing room and highlights all the preparation and training that goes into becoming selected for the coveted group.

 

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