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.
Reader Feedback - 12 Comments
Wise to leave readers wanting to read to the end of the article to find out the news on Christopher Nolan's next
conradthegreat on Apr 15, 2013
Guest on Apr 15, 2013
The IMAX news is great. I'm waiting for an announcement about who Nolan is going to use as his DP, now that Wally Pfister is off making his own film.
John on Apr 15, 2013
Awesome, I'm sure you'll let us know. Allow me to take a minute to say that you're doing a great job with the site. You guys are one of the few sites left that just reports the news - not gossip, not unauthorized set photos, not any other BS. I'm not as optimistic as you are about the return of Pfister. I assume he'll be busy in post right up through the release of Transcendence, which I think is scheduled for April 2014. Nolan probably will have needed to shoot Interstellar before that in order to make his November release.
John on Apr 16, 2013
If they show it in non-3D, I'm in. I don't care if the entire budget of the movie is spent on a 3D camera - not paying for it.
bozo connors on Apr 16, 2013
This article says nothing about 3D.
Chris Groves on Apr 16, 2013
orly? "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."
avconsumer2 on Apr 18, 2013
Apologies. I just meant that the crux of the post was about shooting in IMAX. Most films are offered up in both 3D and 2D, so I would suspect that you get a choice. Not sure if IMAX offers both though.
Chris Groves on Apr 18, 2013
Heh - no biggie. 2D IMAX seems to be a fair rarity these days. Just sick of studios / directors attempting to ram 3D down our throats. Generally monopolizes the one IMAX I have access to as well. Angry - I'M ANGRY!!!! 😉
avconsumer2 on Apr 19, 2013
Yeah that's fair, I love 3D in the theater(and only in the theater) but think it would only be right to let people choose
Chris Groves on Apr 19, 2013
It would be really awesome if Nolan shot X amount in IMAX 65mm, and then the remainder in regular 65mm, as opposed to the standard 35mm. On Inception, he wasn't able to use IMAX cameras, so he went with the next best thing of 65mm. It would be amazing if this entire film was shot in one premium format or another.
Chris Groves on Apr 16, 2013
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