15 Feb 2012

MP - The Struggle Inside - Dogfight/ACM Research

The crux of the animation will be the 'ariel' dogfights that take place in the body.

Dogfights in movies are based on real examples and situations and my animation will be no different. The movements must fit and the manuveres used must be correct. So lets get started.

A dogfight, or dog fight, is a form of aerial combat between fighter aircraft; in particular, combat of maneuver at short range, where each side is aware of the others presence. Dogfighting first appeared during World War I, shortly after the invention of the airplane. Until at least 1992, it was a component in every major war, despite beliefs after World War II that increasingly greater speeds and longer range weapons would make dogfighting obsolete. Modern terminology for air-to-air combat is air combat maneuvering (ACM), which refers to tactical situations requiring the use of individual basic fighter maneuvers (BFM) to attack or evade one or more opponents. This differs from aerial warfare, which deals with the strategy involved in planning and executing various missions.

This image instantly stood out to me as a spectacle. The trails left behind by the fighting planes leave an image even after the fight.


In regards to the project, this would mean a lot of debris and leftovers from the fight. This would create a striking image in the fight area.

Luftwaffe's Black Monday

This footage of a Nazi attack shows some early examples of Air Combat Manoeuvres. The basics of an aerial dogfight is outmanuvering the other and getting that slight upper hand.

This video showcases how fast the tide of battle can change. With a few quick shots, the battle ends.


This shows me the basics of how ACM works. In a real world context, dogfights are rather slow and methodical but with Hollywood sheen added it becomes a different game.

Advanced Air Combat

An excellent video showing different techniques and when pilots use them, all though a little basic looking.


This video can really help with the animation of the video. It details all the differnet real world manourvers.

Hollywood Dogfights

Top Gun - Maverick VS Jester

Iron Man - Fighter Jet Scene

Green Lantern - Fighter Jet Scene

BattleField 3 - Fighter Jet Scene

Independence Day - Final Battle

These videos all show the difference between the old archival footage of real footage and how Hollywood interprit it. The main difference is that we can see a much larger field of view, allowing us to pull back and see the entire fight playing out. Another key factor that it shows is how close it can get. We can dive right into the cockpit and chase down the enemy.


The new Hollywood sheen of aerial combat will play a large part. Being able to pull out and see the collosal battle before us is incredibly important to show scale, but I will also be able to dive right into the WBC ship POV and show the fight from a different perspective.

Next I will look into more Sci-Fi conventions of the aerial dogfight as well as refined Target Audience research.

I will also be doing an 'Animation Breakdown'.


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