Headshot of SAMSARA director Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson. Courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories.
The quintessential cinematic experience, Samsara delivers immersive visuals captured beautifully on 65mm film. Set to open Friday, August 24th, we had the pleasure of speaking with the filmmakers to get a glimpse of the process that has garnered much acclaim.
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We are Ron Fricke (Director) and Mark Magidson (Producer) of SAMSARA.
CHRISTIAN BALE as Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' action thriller "THE DARK KNIGHT RISES," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. TM and © DC Comics. Photo by Ron Phillips.
Wally Pfister, ASC, BSC has created an impressive body of work with director Christopher Nolan. Their collaboration began with Memento, continued with Insomnia and The Prestige, and now includes Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and Inception, which brought home four Academy Awards® including a statue for Pfister’s cinematography, as well as four other nominations including Best Picture. Pfister also earned BAFTA and ASC Awards for Inception.
This summer, Nolan’s Batman series will reach its apogee with The Dark Knight Rises, billed as the final installment. As with the previous Batman films, as well as Inception, Nolan and Pfister used a grand canvas. A full hour of The Dark Knight Rises originated in the IMAX® film format, which uses 65mm film in a horizontal orientation to create stunning images with 10 times the negative area of standard 35mm film.
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For the 2008 release of The Dark Knight, director Christopher Nolan and cinematographer Wally Pfister, ASC, BSC shot large format film to bring pinnacle scenes to the screen in a gigantic way. The filmmaking team re-united for The Dark Knight Rises, one of the most anticipated films of the US summer season, and chose to return to the IMAX. For The Dark Knight Rises, they used more 65 mm 15-perf format footage than any Hollywood movie in the history of cinema, according to The Wall Street Journal.
This large format renaissance in narrative storytelling is exciting, and the rewards are evident: jaw-dropping visuals combined with an unparalleled movie-going experience that gets audiences off the couch and into cinema seats. As filmmakers continue to seek new ways to tell stories, their creative motivation hasn’t changed – to tell compelling stories in unique ways. And the large format helps them attain their visual goals.
Wally Pfister, ASC, BSC and Travis Mosler at LAFF
Oscar® winner Wally Pfister, ASC, BSC, headlined the KODAK Focus at the LA Film Festival this past Saturday. He discussed current and past projects such as The Dark Knight Rises, Laurel Canyon, Inception, and Insomnia. From shooting sixty minutes of native IMAX 65mm film for The Dark Knight Rises (a record for feature length films), to foregoing a digital intermediate for Inception, Pfister treated attendees to an inside look at his creative process including format choices, camera styles, inspiration, and more!
Kodak, the LA Film Fest, and others covered the event well online. We were there live-tweeting as it happened, and we know many of you were following along our hash tag #KodakFocus. Here's a sample:
Charlize Theron as the Queen in the epic action-adventure SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, the breathtaking new vision of the legendary tale from the producer of ALICE IN WONDERLAND. (Photo Credit: Universal Pictures / Copyright: © 2012 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)