Watch This Projectionist Prepare a 70mm IMAX Print of 'Interstellar'

November 3, 2014
Source: Twitter

70mm IMAX Print of Interstellar

What does it look like to build the 70mm IMAX print of Interstellar? Find out in this fun video from the AutoNation IMAX Theater in Fort Lauderdale, FL. It's finally time, the week it all goes down, or goes up and away, shall we say – Christopher Nolan's Interstellar arrives in theaters everywhere this week. To kick things off, the sci-fi movie hits 70mm IMAX and 35mm cinemas only starting this Tuesday night. Filmed in the projection booth, this video shows what it's like to build 48 reels into one big print and run it through a state-of-the-art IMAX projection system. There was a similar IMAX projectionist video made for The Dark Knight Rises, another Nolan film of course, but it's always cool to get a look at this side of the movie world.

Here's the video from AutoNation IMAX showing projectionist Armando Mena explain the process behind building/projecting Interstellar. It's an art form nowadays to properly manage film projectors and cinemas.

Note: You can also see a video timelapse here of their big new IMAX screen being installed at AutoNation.

As a bonus, below is the tweet with photos showing the actual 70mm frame being spliced together to build the print. This looks very cool to see the behind-the-scenes and actual print itself - the art of celluloid! View:

Thanks to @antovolk for the tip on this IMAX video. Description from YouTube explaining some additional technical details: "The Interstellar print is 60,288 feet long which equates to the length of 200 football fields!!! AutoNation IMAX Theater Chief Projectionist, Armando Mena, explains why Christopher Nolan shot Interstellar in 70mm film format, which offers the biggest, brightest, clearest images at ten times the resolution of 35 millimeter film shown on a new giant five-story-tall screen." Nolan filmed 66 minutes of Interstellar using 70mm IMAX cameras. The sci-fi film will be released in 70mm IMAX and 35mm cinemas starting on November 4th, before opening in wide release on November 7th. IMAX is definitely the way to see it, so plan your trip to the biggest screen and enjoy Nolan's spectacular Interstellar IMAX experience.

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This is some naughty, naughty XXX shiz.

DAVIDPD on Nov 3, 2014


Wow. Thanks for the early release commercial disguised as an informative clip.

Movie Bear on Nov 4, 2014


Well, as one of the theaters showing it, they do want to get people excited. That said, I think it's cool to get a look inside the projection booth, and to see all the work that goes into running film print projection.

Alex Billington on Nov 4, 2014

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