A genius filmmakers has a brilliant idea. But there are problems: it’s going to cost untold millions of dollars to realize, and he has no clue how to make it happen. Enter a great producer.
This is what happened with Alfonso Cuaron‘s latest film, Gravity. From the outset, the small space-set movie was incredibly ambitious. No one knew exactly how to make it feel and look like the action was happening in space. So even with two A-list stars attached, the movie was a gamble. It took the watchful eye of a man Warner Bros. truly trusted. That man was David Heyman, the producer primarily responsible for bringing a little franchise called Harry Potter to the studio and making them billions. He’d previously worked with Cuaron on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and was Cuaron’s first phone call when looking for someone to help make his near impossible vision a reality.
/Film had the opportunity to speak to Heyman about this gargantuan task. We asked how Cuaron approached him, how he approached the studio, how you budget a film that is literally inventing technology and what one tiny change took two and half months right under the wire. Check it out below. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s not too early to start making plans for the Quarter Quell. Tickets for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire went on sale today, though the film won’t open for another several weeks.
To mark the occasion, IMAX released a new trailer encouraging audiences to see it big, while Entertainment Weekly unveiled not one but four different covers devoted to the film, featuring stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Sam Claflin. Check ‘em out after the jump.
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Director Michael Bay has posted the first official cast photo from Transformers 4: The Age Of Extinction featuring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor. Wahlberg stars in the film as a mechanic named Cade who makes a discovery that attracts the attention of Autobots, Decepticons and a paranoid government official. Peltz plays Wahlberg’s teenage daughter Tessa, and we can only assume that Reynor plays Tessa’s boyfriend or love interest. Check out the full photo, after the jump.
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The long wait for official Star Wars Episode VII information continues, but the Star Wars news never stops. In this edition of Star Wars Bits, the CEO of IMAX makes it sound like Episode VII could have IMAX scenes as well as the following:
- More images, footage and story are revealed from cancelled Boba Fett game Star Wars 1313.
- Check out an animated open letter to J.J. Abrams.
- Learn ten new things about Return of the Jedi from J.W. Rinzler’s book.
- See the long lost short film Black Angel next month in northern California.
- A trailer for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Pinball is online.
- The trench run was recreated by the Oculus Rift.
- Scientists might have figured out how to create a lightsaber.
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Briefly: There’s been much debate over the look and feel of José Padilha‘s RoboCop remake. Does it look too campy, does it look too straightforward, is it being disrespectful to the original? Fans have begun asking all these questions.
One question that can be put to rest, though, is its size. MGM and Sony revealed today the film, starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Abbie Cornish, will be remasted and released in IMAX on opening day, February 7. The other questions will be put to rest on or around that date as well.
By now you’ve probably heard that the world famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater has not only been renamed, but renovated into one of the biggest IMAX theaters in the world. The TCL IMAX Chinese Theatre is a thing of beauty, sporting the third largest IMAX screen in North America and biggest IMAX capacity in the world.
What’s even more amazing about the theater is how IMAX is using it as a testing ground for some of its more groundbreaking technology. For example, to make sure everything is up to the IMAX standard, the theater is equipped with special microphones and cameras that feed into an internal server. There, IMAX employees can monitor picture and sound quality remotely. If the sound isn’t balanced or picture is too dark, they can fix it online.
Plus, in the coming months, the TCL IMAX Chinese Theatre will be one of the first venues in the world to have a revolutionary laser projection system that will be capable of a contrast ratio of almost 9,000:1, which is almost double the clarity of even the best film projectors.
After the jump, Brian J. Bonnick, the Chief Technology Officer of IMAX, talks about those innovations as well as how film projectors and film cameras are still part of IMAX’s plans. Read More »
What does it look like when you take the most famous movie theater in the world and convert it into the largest IMAX theater in the world? Probably something like this.
IMAX has just released a time lapse video showing the renovation of Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA into the brand new TCL IMAX Chinese Theatre. The renovation began May 1 and will end on September 20 when the theater reopens with a special 3D IMAX presentation of The Wizard of Oz. (A film that, not coincidentally, premiered at the same location in 1939.) With room for 932 people, the TCL IMAX Chinese Theatre is largest IMAX theater in the world in terms of seating capacity. As for the screen itself, it’s the third largest commercial IMAX screen in North America measuring 90 feet by 46 feet. This is most definitely not LieMAX.
Below see, and read, how a movie house that opened in 1927 was converted into one of the most technological advanced theaters in the world. Read More »
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Next week, Vin Diesel is back as everyone’s favorite night-visioned, ass-kicking sci-fi star Riddick. It’s a sequel almost 10 years in the making that was willed to the big screen by the star, its director David Twohy, and the fans.
A movie like that deserves to be seen in the IMAX format. Universal gives fans that option come September 6 when Riddick opens everywhere. These days an IMAX debut means an exclusive poster for fans who attend the first showings and we’re proud to exclusively debut the FanFix poster for Riddick. It’s by artist Alex Fuentes and will available at 8 p.m. IMAX screenings on September 5. Check it out below. Read More »