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Was All Top Gun Flight Deck Scene Film On Big E

Mon Dec 20, 2010 9:11 pm

I know that in the movie Top Gun, the carrier was supposed to be the Enterprise, but I also know that some of the filming for Top Gun was done aboard the Ranger. Here is my question, was all of the Flight Deck scene filmed on board the Big E?
 
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RE: Was All Top Gun Flight Deck Scene Film On Big E

Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:11 am

Only the film editor knows for sure.

My last boss in the US Navy was the PAO liason with the film crew for the entire movie. They shot flight deck scenes on both carriers, some were reshoots of film taken on one carrier, which the producer/ director wanted shot again.

He thinks the opening sequence shows both carriers - but it may only be on the Big E. The way they can intercut film, take the action from one shot and add in the background from another shot is amazing. You may see a shot of a flight deck ape taken on the Ranger with the Big E island in the background. They could do this before digital imaging enhancement with a process called matting.
 
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RE: Was All Top Gun Flight Deck Scene Film On Big E

Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:44 am

External scenes done on Big E... Internals done on Ranger.
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RE: Was All Top Gun Flight Deck Scene Film On Big E

Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:42 pm

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 1):
He thinks the opening sequence shows both carriers - but it may only be on the Big E

Only the opening sequence is real and was filmed aboard Big-E in the Indian Ocean during the middle of a 120+ days at sea period. After the 4-man camera crew had departed we were informed that their real mission was to film some real-world video for a "big time Hollywood movie" --our first clue Top Gun was even in the works. For the week they were aboard, everybody thought they were filming another CV Safety Video for the Naval Safety Center --that was their "cover story" they told the crew.

Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 2):
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The opening sequence was the only thing "real" in the movie. Everything else was staged. The in-cockpit scenes were all shot at NARF NI -- a "strike" damaged cockpit on used tires in front of a blue-screen with crews using 2x4's to create "movement". All the callsigns came from real aircrew names in use at NKX at the time including... "Hollywood" (the NKX PAO earned the name from spending so much time on the movie) Much "fun" was had by all --especially the Hummer drivers-- as a VF-124 Tomcat flew around for 6 months with a VAW-110 Hawkeye insignia on its tails.  
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RE: Was All Top Gun Flight Deck Scene Film On Big E

Thu Dec 23, 2010 1:29 pm

Quoting AAR90 (Reply 3):
Only the opening sequence is real and was filmed aboard Big-E

Yes, but they later filmed some flight deck action on the Ranger because the producers wanted some additional angles to go with the original footage.
 
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RE: Was All Top Gun Flight Deck Scene Film On Big E

Sat Dec 25, 2010 12:06 am

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 4):
Yes, but they later filmed some flight deck action on the Ranger because the producers wanted some additional angles to go with the original footage.

The opening sequence flight deck shots are real video of real USN personnel on deployment aboard CVN-65 in the I.O. All the "distance" shots of Big-E were taken at the same time from the open doors of HS-6 helos during normal FLT OPS.

All of the close-up shots of specific characters and/or the "VF-1" Tomcat that were supposedly on the Big-E flight deck were actually filmed either aboard CV-61 while in port at NAS N.I. (where all the CV "interior" scenes were filmed) or during a fleet CQ period aboard [IIRC] CV-62 off SoCal coast. Cockpit close-up scenes were filmed in from of a blue-screen "set" that was created at NARF N.I. None of the opening sequence scene was filmed anywhere but aboard Big-E in North Arabian Sea.

The rest of the movie was both horribly fake (a Hollywood norm) and wildly popular (not so normal). Very little of it was the truth.
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RE: Was All Top Gun Flight Deck Scene Film On Big E

Sat Dec 25, 2010 2:24 pm

Quoting AAR90 (Reply 3):
For the week they were aboard, everybody thought they were filming another CV Safety Video for the Naval Safety Center --that was their "cover story" they told the crew.

LOL, undoubtedly to keep guys from hamming it up in the background. You know there is always ONE  
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