Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' in IMAX 3D to Shift Aspect Ratios
It's been a big day for tidbits of cool stuff from Marvel's late summer release Guardians of the Galaxy. That might just be so everyone will talk about anything but the comic book studio's struggles with getting a director to replace Edgar Wright on their adaptation of Ant-Man. Either way, the fans win out with the cool artwork that was unveiled today from Blurppy's Poster Posse and the new TV spot with some great new footage. Now director James Gunn has added to the hype with some news about the IMAX 3D release of the film. He's been closely overseeing a post-production conversion, and it sounds like it'll be a bit different.
Taking to his Facebook page, Gunn hyped up the in-process 3D conversion:
Just got out of working on the 'Guardians' cut for IMAX 3D and I'm unbelievably excited about it. Guardians of the Galaxy has been planned as a 3D film from its very inception. Yes, if you see the film in 2D, you'll get a full experience. But the 3D experience promises a little something extra. Unlike many directors, I've been actively involved with converting every shot to 3D, making sure it works perfectly for the story and the film, making sure it's spectacular and immersive without being silly, distracting, or overly showy. 3D conversion was once far inferior to shooting in 3D, but over the past couple years new technology has allowed us incredible control over the 3D effects, making it equal to or in some cases greater than shooting in 3D.
As an EXTRA benefit for those who see the film in IMAX 3D, we will be changing aspect ratios throughout the film in a way that makes the experience even fuller and more encompassing. I've personally chosen all the places where the changes occur and, again, I love how it's coming along. The changing aspect ratios in this case are actually a part of the storytelling.
Just wanted to share some of this stuff with you guys since I haven't had a chance to talk about the 3D much. Hope you're all having a great day. Hi!
This is interesting because it has mostly only happened with films that were specifically shot on IMAX cameras. Christopher Nolan shot IMAX footage for The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises and Brad Bird did the same for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. Director Joseph Kosinski didn't shoot Oblivion in IMAX, but it did have a special, large aspect ratio to fill the IMAX screen. But this sounds completely different. This will be the first time a film not shot on IMAX will change aspect ratios. But why do Marvel and Gunn think this is something they needed to do?
If I had to guess, I'm betting they will make the 3D more immersive by having parts of actions sequences shoot out into the empty, letterbox black areas above and below a film in wider aspect ratios. You may have seen this done in certain TV spots for films where sparks, or debris or something like that shoots out of the scene and into the black bars surrounding the film's frame. Or maybe, they'll just change aspect ratios as if the film was shot on IMAX stock, and shift to a bigger frame for action sequences with lots of 3D elements. That makes the most sense, but we'll find out in August. Will you see Guardians of the Galaxy in IMAX 3D?