First Look: Red Tails

We've heard a couple of rumors about Red Tails, the World War II flick about the Tuskegee Airmen produced by George Lucas and directed by Anthony Hemingway. But until now we haven't seen any photos or images. You can see a few behind the scenes shots after the break, culled from a large collection of photos that are meant to show off the digital imaging tech used to shoot the feature.

CHUD found these images at the website for Munich camera and gear rental company FGV Schmidle. (Check out CHUD's article for more info on the Sony F35 digital cameras used on the shoot.) While they don't show enough of the actors or action to be terribly satisfying, this is a good selection of behind the scenes shots. No official stills yet, but a few images (like the monitor shot above) give us some idea of what the film looks like. Love seeing those fighter planes rigged up on gimbals, but I'd really like to see what the aerial action will look like after post-production.

George Lucas began developing Red Tails in 1989, and finally put the film into production last year with Anthony Hemingway (The Wire, CSI:NY) directing from a script by John Ridley. Here's a synopsis:

'Red Tails' refers to the paint scheme of their airplanes. In WW2 the squadron of the Tuskegee Airmen not only had to fight in their planes, but also against racism in the strictly segregated troops at that time. The African-American pilots had to fly extremely risky missions and escorted thousands of bombers.

Click each of the images below to englarge, and you can see more shots here and here.