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Christopher Nolan Put an IMAX Camera on a Learjet for 'Interstellar'

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November 18, 2013
Source: Reddit

Interstellar IMAX Jet

By now, it would be news if Christopher Nolan wasn't shooting part of his film using IMAX cameras. Since utilizing the large format film on The Dark Knight, the director has taken advantage of the beautiful tools from IMAX to deliver some amazing imagery to the big screen. Now he's at it again with the sci-fi flick Interstellar, which follows 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. Now we have a first glimpse at something awesome Nolan is doing with the IMAX camera this time. Look!

Here's some photos of an IMAX camera hooked up to a Learjet for the production of Interstellar:

Interstellar

Interstellar

We don't know what this rig will be used to shoot (probably big landscape shots, or even sweeping establishing shots of a city, the sky, etc.), but the fact that he feels the need to rig the camera to a jet is pretty cool. The above photos of the camera in the jet came from @PaulJFranklin, who has worked with Nolan since Batman Begins. They've since been taken down but Reddit still had them up. This sounds like something they wanted to keep quiet, but here we are. Interstellar stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine and Jessica Chastain. Warner Bros. releases the film on November 7th, 2014.

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  • Armitall
    Awesome! I could imagine it to show some highspeed scenes, or something you could turn into hiperspeed for the time travel sequences... I am pretty sure IMAX cameras are standard equipement on his personal jet so... ;p
    • avconsumer2
      lol - you'd think so at this point.
  • Chris Groves
    This is great stuff, he filmed something like 20-30 minutes of TDK with IMAX cameras(To my recollection) filmed certain sequences from Inception on 65mm(which is essentially the next best thing after IMAX) and had, to my memory, nearly an hour of IMAX footage in The Dark Knight Rises. I hope he continues to push it further, and that as much Interstellar as possible gets filmed with an IMAX camera. I want this to be the type of movie that they re-release into IMAX theaters every year for the next 10 years, or one that they just keep playing year-round, on constant rotation from one IMAX screen to another...like the IMAX documentaries filmed in the format.
  • avconsumer2
    That's pretty awesome and stuff... but can we stick with one aspect ratio for the BD release this time plx? We don't all have custom automatic magic ratio-izers at home Mr. Nolan. (course, I assume that's probably ultimately a WB decision) But yes, yay IMAX in the front of a Lear. That would be some pretty ridiculous footage that would probably stand well on it's own feet! I would probably even pay to see a film that was strictly that footage (in IMAX)!! ;P (aviation enthusiast)
  • DAVIDPD
    LOL! I love this. Nolan is bold.
  • cobrazombie
    Basic plot sounds interesting. Will be following this movie.

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