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Christopher Nolan has attached an IMAX camera to a Lear jet to film scenes for Interstellar

Nov. 18, 2013by: Alex Maidy
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Christopher Nolan's love of shooting in IMAX is not news, but it is still cool to see how he implements the large format filming in each of his projects. The best use of it still remains the heist sequence in THE DARK KNIGHT. Now, with INTERSTELLAR, Nolan is going to give us some truly spectacular aerial shots if these set photos are any indication.

Nolan's frequent Visual Effects Supervisor, Paul Franklin, tweeted some photos that have since been removed. But, this being the Internet, they are never fully gone. The photos show a Lear jet with an IMAX camera embedded into the nose of the plane. There are no further details as to exactly what the filming will be of, but we know it will be in the sky.

The plot of INTERSTELLAR is still guarded, but here is what we know officially from WB.

Directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan ("Inception," "The Dark Knight" Trilogy), the production will travel the globe and utilize a mixture of 35mm anamorphic and IMAX film photography to bring to the screen a script based on the combination of an original idea by Nolan and an existing script by Jonathan Nolan, originally developed for Paramount Pictures and producer Lynda Obst. The new script chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

While this IMAX footage could easily be just for some breathtaking landscape shots, I doubt Nolan would be using the format for just something as simple as that. Could the wormhole exist somewhere in the sky above Earth? Or could it be transporting the characters to an Earth-like world? It remains to be seen. All I know is the movie had me at Christopher Nolan.

INTERSTELLAR stars Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Casey Affleck, Matt Damon, John Lithgow, Bill Irwin, and Michael Caine opens on November 7, 2014.

Source: First Showing

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11:06PM on 11/18/2013

All I know is the movie had me at Christopher Nolan.

Ok, now *that* sounds like a great companion piece to our seasoned fanboy chant of "In Nolan We Trust." :)
Ok, now *that* sounds like a great companion piece to our seasoned fanboy chant of "In Nolan We Trust." :)
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9:11PM on 11/18/2013
Movie is going to own. My personal favorite Nolan film that isn't a Dark Knight film is still Memento. Would really wish he would work with Guy Pearce again in something.
Movie is going to own. My personal favorite Nolan film that isn't a Dark Knight film is still Memento. Would really wish he would work with Guy Pearce again in something.
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7:43PM on 11/18/2013

I just popped a huge cinematic boner

...that is all
...that is all
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11:08PM on 11/18/2013
As did I, oscarxp25.

...as did I. :)
As did I, oscarxp25.

...as did I. :)
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7:03PM on 11/18/2013

Love Chris Nolan

One of the best most inventive directors of our time. I hope he never stops.
One of the best most inventive directors of our time. I hope he never stops.
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5:54PM on 11/18/2013
I'm no engineer, but wouldn't having an IMAX camera in the nose cone dramatically affect wind resistance and therefore make the controlling of the plane ridiculously difficult?
I'm no engineer, but wouldn't having an IMAX camera in the nose cone dramatically affect wind resistance and therefore make the controlling of the plane ridiculously difficult?
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7:42PM on 11/18/2013
Aviation student here. Basically, aerodynamics is a bit overrated. It's only really helpful if you want to travel as fast as you can with as much fuel economy as you can. Neither factor is very important when one is filming scenes for a movie. The amount of drag produced by putting a camera there isn't as significant as the lift being produced by the engines and the wings. So long answer short: It probably makes it a little sluggish and a bit harder to fly fast and smooth, but not so much that
Aviation student here. Basically, aerodynamics is a bit overrated. It's only really helpful if you want to travel as fast as you can with as much fuel economy as you can. Neither factor is very important when one is filming scenes for a movie. The amount of drag produced by putting a camera there isn't as significant as the lift being produced by the engines and the wings. So long answer short: It probably makes it a little sluggish and a bit harder to fly fast and smooth, but not so much that it'd knock the plane out of the sky or make it too difficult to fly.
EDIT: According to some quick internet research, they're probably going to fit some kind of protective cone around the camera as well, so at least it'll be somewhat aerodynamic and cut down on the drag.
8:29PM on 11/18/2013
Thanks for the explanation!
Thanks for the explanation!
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