Top Gun: Maverick – Directing a Hollywood Blockbuster starring Tom Cruise with Joseph Kosinski

Today, Dom Lenoir welcomes one of the biggest guests we’ve ever had on the podcast: director Joseph Kosinski. His filmography includes feature films like Tron: Legacy (2010), Oblivion (2013), Only the Brave (2017), and Top Gun: Maverick (2022), starring legendary actors such as Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, and Val Kilmer to name a few. Top Gun: Maverick grossed over $1 billion at the box office, making it the highest-grossing film of 2022.

Joseph definitely knows what he’s doing. And we sat down with him for almost an hour to let him talk about

·      working with legendary producer Jerry Bruckheimer

·      pitching Top Gun: Maverick to Tom Cruise

·      developing and making a Blockbuster

·      getting the cast and crew together

·      the importance of good taste

·      notes and test audiences

·      IMAX, cameras and working with the DOP

·      the opening of the film

·      humour

·      the most difficult scenes to shoot

·      directing Tom Cruise & Miles Teller

·      rewriting the film in the edit

·      working with composer Hans Zimmer & Lady Gaga

Top Gun: Maverick is easily one of our favourite films of the year. If you haven’t seen it, do check it out as soon as possible. It’s a movie made for the cinema. But for now, sit back, relax and enjoy our conversation with legendary director Joseph Kosinski.


TOP GUN: MAVERICK is out in cinemas again!!

After thirty years, Maverick is still pushing the envelope as a top naval aviator, but must confront ghosts of his past when he leads TOP GUN’s elite graduates on a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those chosen to fly it.



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