Bay's 'Transformers 4' & Nolan's 'Interstellar' to Shoot Scenes in IMAX
by Ethan Anderton
April 15, 2013
Right now CinemaCon is in full swing in Las Vegas, and we've got the first bit of big news to come out of the film exhibition convention as IMAX has just announced a pact with Paramount Pictures to release five of their upcoming films in the giant film format. And while that might not be exciting or surprising on its own, the good news is that Michael Bay's forthcoming Transformers 4 and Christopher Nolan's Interstellar will have sequences shot on IMAX's 65mm film stock. Both directors have already used IMAX film for their own sequels in the past, so this isn't surprising, but it's certainly some great news. Read on!
While Michael Bay shot three key action sequences with IMAX film stock for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, he didn't use the format for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. We're not sure how much running time will be taken up by IMAX on the big, big screen, but Bay's action sequences are essentially made for the crisp picture and perfect sound that comes from these theaters, and that makes for quite the immersive experience. Bay confirmed that he's also shooting Transformers 4 in native 3D using brand new digital 3D IMAX cameras that have the same resolution as 4K digital cameras.
As for Christopher Nolan, he's been the biggest champion of IMAX by shooting footage for The Dark Knight, and even more for The Dark Knight Rises, on 65mm IMAX stock. Though Nolan's use of IMAX is a little more subtle by utilizing the higher definition image quality for large landscapes in addition to action sequences, his film's always look glorious in the format, too.
Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures says, "IMAX is among the greatest ways to experience a movie. Working with today's top filmmakers, we look forward to bringing audiences the most exciting new movies with the very best presentation for years to come.” Transformers 4 is shooting soon with a release for June 27th, 2014, and Interstellar shoots later this year for a November 7th, 2014 release. The three other titles that are part of the deal have yet to be determined, but one would think that the next Mission: Impossible would be one of them after Ghost Protocol shot on the IMAX format. Stay tuned.