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Interstellar: Taking Film to the Edges of Space and Beyond

Published on website: November 07, 2014
Categories: Focus On Film , Large Format
Matthew McConaughey in INTERSTELLAR, from Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures.

The science-fiction genre gets an infusion from Christopher Nolan with the release of Interstellar, an awe-inspiring tale of space exploration.Inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey, the movie stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. It follows the human and scientific choices that contribute to the discovery of a wormhole that is used to surpass the limitations of human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

Nolan and cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, FSF, NSC chose KODAK VISION3 film in 35mm anamorphic film and 65mm IMAX to capture the story. Nolan told the LA Times, “I’m a fan of any technological innovation, but for me, it’s going to have to exceed what came before -- and it hasn’t yet.” 

Hidden Universe Brings Deep Space Closer in IMAX® 3D

Malcolm Ludgate, Director of Photography for Hidden Universe, filming a motion sequence in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Credit: Lisa Germany

Malcolm Ludgate, ACS has the resume of a modern day adventurer. His far-flung treks have literally taken him to the edges of the Earth. IMAX® fans have seen his work in epic nature projects like Antarctica, and Australia: Land Beyond Time. Shark lovers have likely viewed the predators through the DP’s eye in TV documentaries like The Fox and the Shark and Shark Tribe. This cameraman has also taken his lens into some of Australia’s most unusual and dangerous places.

Ludgate loves the challenges that come with shooting in some of the world’s most extreme places. So, it’s easy to see why he was chosen for Hidden Universe 3D.

The Master: Framed in 65mm for Maximum Visual Impact

Joaquin Phoenix in The Master. © 2012 - The Weinstein Company

Mihai Malaimare Jr. burst onto the international cinematography scene in 2005 with Youth Without Youth, which he shot for Francis Ford Coppola. Malaimare caught Coppola’s eye while shooting screen tests in the cameraman’s native Romania. They went on to make two more features together, 2008’s Tetro, a noirish black and white, and 2010’s Twixt Now and Sunrise. Malaimare latest collaboration The Master, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson is now hitting cinema screens in 70mm glory.

The Master has some parallels in real life, but Anderson uses the story of a charismatic healer (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and his damaged acolyte (Joaquin Phoenix) to delve into the human condition rather than to chronicle historical events. The story begins in the period following World War II. Locations included the San Francisco Bay area as well as a few locales in Hawaii and in southern California. Amy Adams and Laura Dern also star.

The Dark Knight Rises in Immersive IMAX

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.

A Big Picture Look for Snow White and the Huntsman

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.)



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