So apparently, no one thought you could shoot a mainstream Hollywood feature film with an IMAX camera. That’s one of the interesting bits to come out of a Wall Street Journal article about the increasing use of the prestige format in mainstream Hollywood filmmaking.
Well, Christopher Nolan wasn’t going to take that lying down. So not only does The Dark Knight Rises have more IMAX shot film than The Dark Knight (20 minutes more to be precise), and not only does it have more IMAX footage than any Hollywood flick has ever contained, but it’s the only movie being released this summer to be filmed in genuine IMAX. But back to the Journal article, where Nolan talks about combating the then popular notion that it was be too difficult to shoot using the bulky IMAX cameras.
“There was a huge irony that we were told it would be too difficult to shoot a Hollywood movie on IMAX when we had this gigantic camera department, grips, electric, hundreds of people working for us. These were cameras that had been to the top of Mount Everest, to the bottom of the ocean and into outer space, but people thought we couldn’t make a feature film. It was absurd.”
I guess Nolan – with some recent help from Brad Bird – is proving the naysayers wrong, but the format is still along way from being as widespread as 3-D as this Cinema Blend article seems to suggest.
Source: Cinema Blend