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Will The Dark Knight Rises be shot entirely in IMAX?

11.12.2010

Lots of talk and speculation of late regarding the females of the much-anticipated THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, especially in light of yesterday's report of the six lovely ladies that are said to be in contention for parts. But will we be experiencing these women in grand, ultra-crisp 70mm for the entire running time of RISES? According to a trusted source over at Collider, that may very well be the case.

Just a few weeks ago in an interview with the LA Times, director Christopher Nolan vaguely mentioned something of interest to those keen on the tech aspects of the upcoming comic book sequel:

"We’re looking to do something technologically that’s never been done before."

We've known already for awhile that the filmmaker doesn't care for 3D and that RISES was never going to be three-dimensionalized in any way. But he and his director of photography Wally Pfister are, as we've known, huge fans of IMAX, and Collider's source claims that that may in fact be what's up Nolan's sleeve:

"I'm hearing that Nolan will try and shoot The Dark Knight Rises totally in IMAX. I've heard that IMAX has been quietly developing a smaller, less intrusive camera that will be able to handle dialogue scenes. If the camera is finished in time, expect Nolan to use it."

Chalk it all up to rumor for now, but it's not a stretch to believe that IMAX would do whatever they can to capitalize on the opportunity to make more business for themselves in light of the success of THE DARK KNIGHT and the potential for even more success with RISES (as well as with other films beyond just those of Christopher Nolan's). And hey, if this becomes a viable shooting alternative for filmmakers instead of 3D, I'm all for it.

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Extra Tidbit: Until 3D can actually be used to add something substantive to a film's 'visual storytelling' (and until they can ditch the damn glasses), it's never going to be something other than a gimmick.
Source: Collider

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12:02AM on 11/23/2010

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One movie already has- "Coraline". I maintain it's the only film anyone has ever needed to see in 3D (to date).
One movie already has- "Coraline". I maintain it's the only film anyone has ever needed to see in 3D (to date).
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3:26AM on 11/14/2010

Looking forward to the future

Let's face it: Blu-Ray might be 4X the resolution of DVD, and we can't imagine anything looking better; but sometime soon we'll have a format that is 4X the resolution of THAT. If the technology used to capture images on film or other media doesn't start OUT at a higher quality, what would be the point? You can only go so far to improve an inferior original media to take advantage of such a technology. If that means that EVERYONE starts shooting this kind of movie in IMAX, then it's only to
Let's face it: Blu-Ray might be 4X the resolution of DVD, and we can't imagine anything looking better; but sometime soon we'll have a format that is 4X the resolution of THAT. If the technology used to capture images on film or other media doesn't start OUT at a higher quality, what would be the point? You can only go so far to improve an inferior original media to take advantage of such a technology. If that means that EVERYONE starts shooting this kind of movie in IMAX, then it's only to make that kind of advancement in viewing to work at its full potential.
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10:21AM on 11/22/2010
Right now it is difficult to imagine something better than blu-ray but it does exist…4K. Cameras like the Red One and the Panavision Genesis, among others, record in the ridiculously amazing 4 thousand line resolution. Blu is only 1080 lines of resolution (I say “only” subjectively) so these cameras record around 4 times the image quality of current HD tech.
Your assumption that the current medium is obsolete doesn’t really hold water. Regular 35mm film has an average of (the
Right now it is difficult to imagine something better than blu-ray but it does exist…4K. Cameras like the Red One and the Panavision Genesis, among others, record in the ridiculously amazing 4 thousand line resolution. Blu is only 1080 lines of resolution (I say “only” subjectively) so these cameras record around 4 times the image quality of current HD tech.
Your assumption that the current medium is obsolete doesn’t really hold water. Regular 35mm film has an average of (the equivalent to) 5 thousand lines of resolution. Proof of point is the new “Bridge to the River Kwai” Bluray release was a 4K digital transfer, downgraded to 1080p and that movie was released in 1957. (source HD Nation)
And that doesn’t include a 70mm IMAX film.
The problem is viewing capabilities are almost nil. Theatres with digital projectors use this technology and you tube has the ability to stream in 4K, even though there are only a half dozen computers in each state that could view it.
So yes I know it’s difficult to imagine, but the tech exists and should be in our homes within 10 years or so.

Oh did I mention RED has a 5K camera on the way…
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2:43PM on 11/13/2010
if it's all filmed in IMAX it's gonna be a tough and expensive endeavor!! and to that I say hell yea! lol but seriously I really doesn't all need to be in IMAX..
if it's all filmed in IMAX it's gonna be a tough and expensive endeavor!! and to that I say hell yea! lol but seriously I really doesn't all need to be in IMAX..
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7:10PM on 11/12/2010
Batman Begins was the first movie I ever saw in IMAX. I saw I am Legend in IMAX only for the 10-munite Dark Knight opening. And Dark Knight was probably the best movie experience I ever had in IMAX (that includes the 3D Avatar). Needless to say, this would be awesome.
Batman Begins was the first movie I ever saw in IMAX. I saw I am Legend in IMAX only for the 10-munite Dark Knight opening. And Dark Knight was probably the best movie experience I ever had in IMAX (that includes the 3D Avatar). Needless to say, this would be awesome.
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5:01PM on 11/12/2010
God, it would look incredible. I hope they figure out a way to do it. The main problem is not the weight of the IMAX cameras, it's the sound. They're so damn loud, which makes it difficult to capture dialogue and ambiance.
God, it would look incredible. I hope they figure out a way to do it. The main problem is not the weight of the IMAX cameras, it's the sound. They're so damn loud, which makes it difficult to capture dialogue and ambiance.
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4:50PM on 11/12/2010

IMAX beats 3D every time

when it comes to immersion. FACT
when it comes to immersion. FACT
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2:52PM on 11/12/2010
3D is awesome, Imax is awesome. Combine the two and you'll have an ideal format. The 3D thing is pretty much worked out and will improve with time. If nolan gets the Imax side sorted then we have the tools to go fully immersive. That will be a cinematic treat.
Also, I find it a bit hypocritical that everyone seems happy to pay extra for Imax, but whine about a 3D surcharge.
I also find it a bit silly that Nolan wants to shoot in a format that is so limited in terms of where it can be shown
3D is awesome, Imax is awesome. Combine the two and you'll have an ideal format. The 3D thing is pretty much worked out and will improve with time. If nolan gets the Imax side sorted then we have the tools to go fully immersive. That will be a cinematic treat.
Also, I find it a bit hypocritical that everyone seems happy to pay extra for Imax, but whine about a 3D surcharge.
I also find it a bit silly that Nolan wants to shoot in a format that is so limited in terms of where it can be shown in all its glory. There are WAY fewer Imax screens than 3D screens. Isn't he kind of limiting himself. He's shooting in a format most poeple who see the film won't actually watch it in.
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1:51PM on 11/12/2010
Never been a fan of 3D and couldn't agree with your Extra Tidbit more.
Never been a fan of 3D and couldn't agree with your Extra Tidbit more.
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1:04PM on 11/12/2010
I'm cool with this if they can find a way to make the technology tolerable. IMAX cameras = suck ∞.

Faith in Nolan though (of course)
I'm cool with this if they can find a way to make the technology tolerable. IMAX cameras = suck ∞.

Faith in Nolan though (of course)
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12:41PM on 11/12/2010
I'll take IMAX, but if Rises were to be shot with IMAX and the same 3D as Resident Evil/Avatar, Rises would have looked incredible on the big screen. What is bad is all the crap 3D movies that gave the real technology a bad name. Only two movies have used it and til this day, I haven't seen a better quality picture than 3D/IMAX Resident Evil. Combine the real 3D tech with IMAX and you've got the clearest shit you will ever see on the big screen.
I'll take IMAX, but if Rises were to be shot with IMAX and the same 3D as Resident Evil/Avatar, Rises would have looked incredible on the big screen. What is bad is all the crap 3D movies that gave the real technology a bad name. Only two movies have used it and til this day, I haven't seen a better quality picture than 3D/IMAX Resident Evil. Combine the real 3D tech with IMAX and you've got the clearest shit you will ever see on the big screen.
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10:48AM on 11/13/2010
The only problem with that is the different formats don't usually play well together...3D is digital and IMAX is a 70mm film frame. Most digital cameras don't have a sensor that can match the depth and color reproduction that IMAX is capable of, and 3D film cameras, especially IMAX would have to carry 2 full film mags at incredible weight. Because of the weight limitation most of the shots would have to be locked down tripod shots, or an even bigger amount of money to develop new support
The only problem with that is the different formats don't usually play well together...3D is digital and IMAX is a 70mm film frame. Most digital cameras don't have a sensor that can match the depth and color reproduction that IMAX is capable of, and 3D film cameras, especially IMAX would have to carry 2 full film mags at incredible weight. Because of the weight limitation most of the shots would have to be locked down tripod shots, or an even bigger amount of money to develop new support systems i.e. steadicams, dollies, and cranes/jibs would be needed(not to mention the mule of a person it would take to use a steadicam of that size).

So what I'm saying is - it's not likely.
4:49PM on 11/14/2010
I didn't go to film school (I wish I had) so I don't know the technical specs. But I do know Anderson found some way to make them work together. I wish you would have seen IMAX-3D Resident Evil, then you might not be thinking it's impossible to converge the two. Again, I need to say, the 3D used was the one designed for Avatar. But yeah, I seriously stand by my word, that IMAX-3D RE Afterlife is the best quality pic I've seen on the big screen.
I didn't go to film school (I wish I had) so I don't know the technical specs. But I do know Anderson found some way to make them work together. I wish you would have seen IMAX-3D Resident Evil, then you might not be thinking it's impossible to converge the two. Again, I need to say, the 3D used was the one designed for Avatar. But yeah, I seriously stand by my word, that IMAX-3D RE Afterlife is the best quality pic I've seen on the big screen.
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11:32AM on 11/12/2010

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An IMAX camera is about 5X as heavy as a typical 35mm film camera. It only holds 3 minutes of film stock and is so noisy that it renders any recorded dialogue unusable. This is why it is used primarily for exterior "landscape" footage.
An IMAX camera is about 5X as heavy as a typical 35mm film camera. It only holds 3 minutes of film stock and is so noisy that it renders any recorded dialogue unusable. This is why it is used primarily for exterior "landscape" footage.
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10:23AM on 11/12/2010

IMAX vs. 3D

In my humble opinion, shooting with IMAX cameras, and viewing it on the IMAX screen, is WAY more immersive than anything I've see on 3D. I mean...that opening shot in "The Dark Knight" of Gotham? Seeing that in IMAX for the first time? I'll never forget that. Not to mention the entire chase in the tunnel and The Joker shooting at the cars. In IMAX, it was the most crystal-clear, you-are-there thing I've seen on the big screen.

So the idea that the entire movie will be shot that way has me
In my humble opinion, shooting with IMAX cameras, and viewing it on the IMAX screen, is WAY more immersive than anything I've see on 3D. I mean...that opening shot in "The Dark Knight" of Gotham? Seeing that in IMAX for the first time? I'll never forget that. Not to mention the entire chase in the tunnel and The Joker shooting at the cars. In IMAX, it was the most crystal-clear, you-are-there thing I've seen on the big screen.

So the idea that the entire movie will be shot that way has me jumping for joy. I feel bad for people who didn't get to see TDK in IMAX, and didn't realize the difference in quality. If TDKR is fully in IMAX, a lot of eyes will be opened (no pun intended).
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9:40AM on 11/12/2010
It will be hard to uphold the trend of the previous movies quality wise. And there is no Heath Ledger to save the day in this one, however I trust in Nolan.

Sorry for going off topic.

But there is a new trailer out for Battle Los Angeles:
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Looks pretty good actually imo.
It will be hard to uphold the trend of the previous movies quality wise. And there is no Heath Ledger to save the day in this one, however I trust in Nolan.

Sorry for going off topic.

But there is a new trailer out for Battle Los Angeles:
[link]

Looks pretty good actually imo.
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9:02AM on 11/12/2010

I'm just saying...

Didn't they take IMAX cameras to Mount Everest? Somebody had to carry it, and that was like 10 years ago. It can't be THAT heavy. All I'm really saying is, there is no real excuse for them to not use IMAX.
Didn't they take IMAX cameras to Mount Everest? Somebody had to carry it, and that was like 10 years ago. It can't be THAT heavy. All I'm really saying is, there is no real excuse for them to not use IMAX.
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8:25AM on 11/12/2010
Now this is what 'awesome' is. Shooting TDKR in full-Imax would be amazing to watch. Chris Nolan is somewhat of a savior to today's version of Hollywood that churns out more duds than actual films.
Now this is what 'awesome' is. Shooting TDKR in full-Imax would be amazing to watch. Chris Nolan is somewhat of a savior to today's version of Hollywood that churns out more duds than actual films.
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7:34AM on 11/12/2010

IMAX rules!

Seeing THE DARK KNIGHT in IMAX was fucking orgasmic. 3D is a faint after-thought.
Seeing THE DARK KNIGHT in IMAX was fucking orgasmic. 3D is a faint after-thought.
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6:42AM on 11/12/2010

Entirely shot in IMAX?

Now this is real immersion.

i hope this tramples over 3D in terms of the future of cinema.
Now this is real immersion.

i hope this tramples over 3D in terms of the future of cinema.
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3:57AM on 11/12/2010

" And hey, if this becomes a viable shooting alternative for filmmakers instead of 3D, I'm all for it."

^This, this, a freaking thousand times this.

BTW, that pic of Ledger & the gang is oddly haunting.
^This, this, a freaking thousand times this.

BTW, that pic of Ledger & the gang is oddly haunting.
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3:52AM on 11/12/2010
The IMAX near where I live is a full 6 story screen and watching TDK in IMAX was easily one of the best and most breathtaking experiences I've had in a cinema so YES I am down with this!
The IMAX near where I live is a full 6 story screen and watching TDK in IMAX was easily one of the best and most breathtaking experiences I've had in a cinema so YES I am down with this!
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