‘Interstellar’ Set Image: Nolan Using IMAX Camera Mounted on Learjet?

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Anyone who believes that the (non-CGI) era of spectacle has disappeared from modern cinema has obviously not encountered the films of Christopher Nolan. The man flipped an entire 18-wheeler truck to create one of the most memorable moments of The Dark Knight; he built an entire rotating section of a hotel for that epic Inception sequence; and he literally broke planes to pieces to create a crazy aerial hijacking for the beginning of The Dark Knight Rises.

People have therefore been wondering what Nolan is going to do to top himself for Interstellar, his upcoming sci-fi film starring the likes of Mattew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain, and now we are beginning to get some (vague) idea of what those filmmaking feats may include.

The folks over at Reddit pulled an intriguing picture from the Twitter feed of one Paul Franklin, a visual effects supervisor who has worked with Nolan often and won an Oscar for his efforts on Inception. The Twitter feed linked throughout the Reddit chat thread has, interestingly enough, disappeared from the Web, but what it depicted is still making rounds:


VIEW: Interstellar Set Pics


The obvious question is: What does Nolan want a jet-mounted IMAX camera for? The most obvious answer would be the director exploring new techniques for getting the bulky cameras in place to film those glorious landscaping shots we’ve seen throughout the latter Dark Knight Trilogy and in Inception – but is it really that simple?

Very little is known about the actual plot of Interstellar, but one thing we’ve known for sure, since early on, is that the film deals with wormhole theory and centers around the premise of some explorers using the wormhole achieve new forms of long-distance space travel. Could Nolan be using his Jet-MAX cameras to create some sort of effect regarding high-speed vessel travel? (Have you read the list of things the man has done in past films? It’s certainly possible.)

With the Paul Franklin Twitter feed disappearing as quickly as people took notice of this, there’s a good chance that Nolan is indeed working on something that he (in usual fashion) wants to keep secret from fans, for now. At this point, we don’t try to guess to hard or extensively what that might be; like so many others, we’re thankful for the guy who is always working to keep both the spectacle AND surprise of cinema alive in his work.


Interstellar will be in theaters on November 7, 2014.

Source: Reddit via Collider

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  1. It’s Learjet.

  2. That’s not how you spell Lear.

    • Clearly my arrest record was influencing my spelling of that particular word.

  3. How many of these cameras is he going to break? Haha. So excited for this. Love all his films.

  4. This is why I love Nolan’s movies. Always going above and beyond with practical effects.

  5. Much rather watch Nolans gorgeous IMAX visuals than any other countless CGI heavy movies around.

  6. is it true we could be getting a teaser with the Hobbit? or is that just wishful thinking? I think its probably the latter as that would be like 11 months before release. But i have seen that rumor making the rounds.

  7. so glad film makers like Mr. Nolan still exist in this world. truly a inspiration for creativity and exploration.

  8. nice…i will take Imax but please no 3D

    • Weird thing is, we only have IMAX 3D here so we got no choice, if we wanna see IMAX, we need the special glasses that are a step above regular 3D glasses and look like welder’s goggles.

      • Darn. I’ve seen a few movies in IMAX without 3D they were pretty incredible. I don’t dig the glasses personally. They get uncomfortable.

        I highly doubt Interstellar will be 3D. Nolan seems not to like it. Here’s an article from here more than a year ago with his thoughts:


        • Yeah, he’s been saying for years that he thinks 3D is gonna die out again and IMAX is the wa forward but unfortunately, in the UK at least, your options are:

          IMAX 3D

          I’ve seen MOS and Pacific Rim in IMAX 3D just to experience the medium and while I could’ve seen MOS in 2D and still got the same effect, Pacific Rim was almost made to be on that kind of screen with things popping out at you.

          Was tempted to see Gravity in IMAX 3D but opted for regular 3D instead.

  9. Interstellar 2: Descention —- July 2017

  10. In Nolan I trust. I’m hyped for this film.

  11. love the man’s films. going into and out of the theater, I feel that I got my money’s worth. looking forward to interstellar.

  12. Can’t wait for this!! The only movie I didn’t like was TDKR, still can’t get over the poor cgi when the football field was blown up in that one!!

    This should be awesome tho, great cast, especially McConaughy, his movie output has been quality of late

    • That’s a shame because they filmed it twice, once on the field with a crew member shouting “BANG” for each explosion on the field then another time on an elevated field with holes for the players to fall into.

      I always thought the CGI used in that scene especially was seamless and realistic.

  13. Like a bawse