Watch: Tour an IMAX Theater Preparing for 'The Dark Knight Rises'

July 2, 2012
Source: SlashFilm

IMAX Theater - The Dark Knight Rises

Everyone getting excited for The Dark Knight Rises yet? As we hit July, I think you can start to feel the anticipation. Our friends at SlashFilm found a fantastic featurette worth watching, that shows a breakdown of how the 70mm IMAX projection system works. A projectionist at the Liberty Science Center IMAX theatre in New Jersery shows step-by-step how it works, how they're setting it up for TDKR ("the largest film ever shown") since it's the longest IMAX movie ever shown there and features an hour of IMAX footage in the movie. If you've ever wondered the ins-'n-outs of IMAX/70mm projection, this video is a must watch.

The video features a rundown of the 70mm projection system as well as their control, audio/sound systems, and cutting techniques to build a film. Extensive, but worth seeing all of it. Check out the video in full here:

It's incredibly cool to see how this entire system works, and to see them still run actual film stock. From the notes: "The Dark Knight Rises will be the first major Hollywood release to premier at the Center thanks to Christopher Nolan's insistence on filming in a non-digital format." For more, visit the creator's official blog.

The Dark Knight Rises is once again directed by Oscar nominated British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, of Following, Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight and Inception previously. The script was co-written by Christopher & Jonathan Nolan (The Prestige, The Dark Knight), from a story by Chris Nolan & David S. Goyer (of Batman Begins, The Dark Knight). Warner Bros is bringing The Dark Knight Rises to regular and IMAX theaters everywhere July 20th, 2012 this summer. The Legend Ends…

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Whoever filmed this needs some wireless mics.

crumb on Jul 2, 2012


plus some better intro titles.. Neat to see the scale behind the IMAX execution tho

Nick Sears on Jul 2, 2012


You got me there. That shit is weak. Someone needs to teach me after effects.

Joseph Galbo on Jul 3, 2012


tutorials are on youtube, - get some!

Nick Sears on Jul 7, 2012


Have um. I was surprised to be filming in there while the projector was running, had no idea it was going to be as loud as a train. Won't make that mistake again, lol.

Joseph Galbo on Jul 3, 2012


Educational. Makes me appreciate my local IMAX a little more . 🙂

LosZombies on Jul 2, 2012


that's some nifty Victorian engineering 🙂

David Banner on Jul 3, 2012


That was pretty fun to see! I always wanted to run an IMAX film. The 10-12 hour build time sounds intense. I'd be interested in watching the building process just to see the giant splicer necessary for 70mm.

Grichmer on Jul 4, 2012

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