From the first screenings of Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar, you could hear the controversy coming. Audiences in different cities complained about the sound in the film. Nolan’s mix, or something in the presentation, resulted in several lines of dialogue – seemingly important lines – being blown out by sound effects and music. Was this an artistic choice by Nolan? Or was it the fault of individual theaters?
/Film reported on the sound issues, and as the story spread over days, no one would comment. Not Nolan’s camp, not Paramount Pictures and not IMAX. The only update was from one theater in upstate New York, which blamed Nolan for the sound. Now, finally, Nolan has responded to the controversy. Does he accept blame? Does he even think there’s a problem? Read Nolan’s quotes about the Interstellar sound problems below. Read More »
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UPDATE: An IMAX spokesperson confirmed to /Film that IMAX cameras are being used for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The original article follows, with minor edits.
Zack Snyder‘s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is, without a doubt, one of the biggest movies of all time. Now it quite literally might be one of the biggest of all time too. The film is currently shooting in Chicago (including a particularly recognizable, even iconic scene involving Batman) and several fans who were watching the filming say they saw IMAX cameras capturing the action. We had an idea it would be released in IMAX, but it’s news if the film is shooting in IMAX.
A rumor about this did begin floating over the summer but no one representing Warner Bros. or IMAX would confirm. Now they have. Batman v Superman is filming in IMAX. Below, we reveal how we discovered the Batman v Superman IMAX connection. Read More »
There’s no denying the visceral power and prowess of Christopher Nolan‘s Intersellar. The ninth film from the popular director is his most ambitious, and it looks jaw-droppingly gorgeous. The sets, miniatures, and images of space travel and planets all combine to make a film the scope of which rivals any other space movie.
Emotionally, the film comes close to achieving a similarly momentous effect. Interstellar follows Coop (Matthew McConaughey), a father forced to leave his family in a possibly mad attempt to preserve the future of humanity by finding another habitable planet. The tale is filled with drama, humor, intense action and surprising plot twists. There’s rarely a dull moment in the movie because the story is so compelling and poignant.
But maybe it’s all a bit too much. The script, by Nolan and his brother Jonathan, packs ideas and theories in every single scene. Concepts about love, survival, physics, and time burst from the film more prominently than the emotion and visuals. Even with a nearly three-hour runtime, so many ideas are presented that the film rarely has time to focus on one over another. The result is a technical marvel with a powerful narrative that ends up feeling a tad empty because we aren’t sure exactly which point it’s trying to make. Read More »
Christopher Nolan controls every single aspect of his movies from preproduction through publicity. He wants every single thing about his film to be handled just right, from something as important as the IMAX film capture all the way through to who writes about the movie before release. Recently, multiple reports said he personally went to numerous theaters that would be screening his latest film, Interstellar, to double- and triple-check the sound and picture quality. That’s a comforting fact, to know that he’s out there making sure things look and sound great.
Much less comforting is the buzz coming out of those screenings. From the first press screenings through opening night, fans have been complaining about issues with the film’s sound mix. Reports say multiple scenes have the music and sound effects so loud that dialogue is drowned out. This doesn’t seem to be an isolated incident. It’s a complaint that’s been registered all over the US, Europe, and Canada.
Below, we’ll present some of those reactions, some of the stories, and some of the explanations hoping to get to the bottom of these possible Interstellar sound issues. Read More »
If your local theater has a film projector, it’s likely you can see Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar beginning on Wednesday, two days before the rest of the country. It was the famously old school director’s way to paying respects to the past, and also letting people know his preferred format: film. The problem is, over the past few years, almost every theater in the country has begun to transition to digital projection. Digital is cheaper to distribute, easier to handle, and is not subject to the same sort of handling damage that can mar film prints.
The final numbers have been released and the number of theaters opening Interstellar on film versus on digital (with the digital rollout taking place on Friday) is pretty staggering. The numbers for Interstellar film theaters are below. Read More »
Fort Lauderdale Florida’s AutoNation IMAX Theater Chief Projectionist Armando Mena recorded a video explaining how a 70mm print of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is prepared and projected. I don’t think many people realize just how big IMAX film really is, or how much work goes into projecting the 70mm film onto the huge IMAX screen. A few IMAX theaters I’ve visited have a room which lets you look into the projection room and see the huge IMAX film platter feeding into the IMAX projector before you watch the film. Seeing it in action, you can understand why the company is eventually abandoning celluloid for a digital laser projector system. I wish IMAX corporate would put together more informational videos like this one. You can watch the video from DiscoveryandScience embedded after the jump.
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The week is finally here. Christopher Nolan‘s new film, Interstellar, open on Wednesday. Actually, Tuesday night, if you have a theater that plays movies on 35mm or 70mm film. Then it opens everywhere else on Friday. And that’s the day that IMAX has created a brand new poster by artist Kevin Dart. It’ll be handed out at IMAX screenings of the film on November 7 and, below, you can read more and see this awesome Interstellar IMAX poster. Read More »
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We’ve known for a long time that director JJ Abrams and cinematographer Daniel Mindel are shooting Star Wars Episode VII on 35mm film. Over the summer we learned something else: at least some portion of the film was shot on IMAX cameras. The photo that confirmed that data (above) showed an IMAX film camera, not one of the new digital systems used by Michael Bay on Transformers: Age of Extinction. So we know that the production is sticking with film.
Now we have a bit more info on the particulars of the Star Wars Episode VII IMAX shoot. As it turns out, there might be only one big IMAX sequence. Read More »