Cinematographer Larry Fong is showing off some images from the IMAX camera test from last year’s divisive DC Extended Universe blockbuster Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
A long time Zack Snyder collaborator, Fong has worked on such films as 300, Sucker Punch, and Watchmen, as well as J.J. Abrams’ 2011 Steven Spielberg homage Super 8 and this year’s Kong: Skull Island. Fong is very active on social media and often interacts with fans, answering technical questions and discussing his creative process.
While answering a fan’s question about aspect ratios via Twitter, Fong shared a glimpse of an IMAX camera test from Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, featuring Amy Adams’ Lois Lane.
Look at the epic size of IMAX film. From Batman v Superman camera test. pic.twitter.com/rYNcgD3iyj— Larry Fong (@larryfong) June 27, 2017
When questioned by eager fans if this was a deleted scene from the film, Fong clarified it was simply a camera test and not indicative of actual unseen footage from the movie.
As stated, it was a camera test.— Larry Fong (@larryfong) June 27, 2017
Until fairly recently, the use of IMAX cameras in mainstream Hollywood films was incredibly rare. IMAX cameras are both physically cumbersome and incredibly loud, which can severely hinder their efficiency when used in visually dynamic narrative storytelling. However, IMAX technology is also considered one of the best resources filmmakers have left to convince people movies are best viewed in theaters rather than on their televisions at home, delivering a sensory experience that simply cannot be replicated in a living room.
One of the biggest proponents of using the cameras in this way is director Christopher Nolan. His 2008 Batman classic The Dark Knight was the first mainstream film to use IMAX filmed footage, with about a half hour of that movie’s runtime consisting of full on IMAX spectacle. The fourth installment of the Tom Cruise-starring Mission: Impossible series, Ghost Protocol, also utilized about a half hour of IMAX filmed footage. A whopping 72 minutes of Nolan’s Batman finale, The Dark Knight Rises, was shot using IMAX cameras, still the most extensive use of IMAX shot footage in any movie.
While several recent blockbusters like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and indeed, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice have all flirted with a few minutes of IMAX filmed footage, it’s an expensive, technically difficult endeavor. At this point, only Nolan seems to have fully mastered the process, with both 2014’s science fiction epic Interstellar and this summer’s upcoming World War II drama Dunkirk boasting about an hour of the eye popping footage.
Like anything else, it’s likely the IMAX technology will become less cumbersome and more efficient as time goes on, but it’s interesting to see how some of the biggest names in the film industry are experimenting and innovating with the very fundamentals of what can be accomplished.
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