Red Tails

Inspired by true events, director Anthony Hemingway's Red Tails is a story of honor and sacrifice in the face of prejudice.

After being subject to years of racism within the military, a group of African American fighter pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen, are finally called into action during World War II — and eventually given a mission integral to the outcome of the war.

Released January 20, 2012

The Tuskegee airmen visited the set and met with Red Tails' actors and creative team, advising on the film's accuracy.

Realistic cockpit shots were essential. Actors sat in gimbal-mounted cockpits, rocked by crew members in front of a green screen, with CG backgrounds added later.

Many effects during flying sequences — such as cockpit glass, light glare, and rolling shadows across actors’ faces — were accomplished with CGI.

Red Tails was the first film mixed in Auro-3D 11.1, a format that adds speakers above the audience and recreates sound in multiple dimensions.

To recreate the sounds of World War II fighter planes, supervising sound editor Matthew Wood recorded two P-51s flown in Novato, CA, and Skywalker Ranch — and took a trip in one himself.

Inspired by true events, director Anthony Hemingway's Red Tails is a story of honor and sacrifice in the face of prejudice.

After being subject to years of racism within the military, a group of African American fighter pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen, are finally called into action during World War II — and eventually given a mission integral to the outcome of the war.

Released January 20, 2012

The Tuskegee airmen visited the set and met with Red Tails' actors and creative team, advising on the film's accuracy.

Realistic cockpit shots were essential. Actors sat in gimbal-mounted cockpits, rocked by crew members in front of a green screen, with CG backgrounds added later.

Many effects during flying sequences — such as cockpit glass, light glare, and rolling shadows across actors’ faces — were accomplished with CGI.

Red Tails was the first film mixed in Auro-3D 11.1, a format that adds speakers above the audience and recreates sound in multiple dimensions.

To recreate the sounds of World War II fighter planes, supervising sound editor Matthew Wood recorded two P-51s flown in Novato, CA, and Skywalker Ranch — and took a trip in one himself.