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Frequently Asked Questions: Interstellar in IMAX

Frequently Asked Questions: Interstellar in IMAX

On November 5, a new film will be released in SCI's Blank IMAX Dome Theater... Interstellar!

In Christopher Nolan's latest film, a group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

The sci-fi film starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway is based on the theories of physicist Kip Thorne.

Interstellar will play at SCI in the Blank IMAX Dome Theater in IMAX 70mm film format. This format combines the brightest, clearest images at almost 10 times the resolution of standard theater projection formats with powerful, laser-aligned digital sound to create the world's most immersive movie experience.

Keep reading for answers to some frequently asked questions about Interstellar in IMAX, including:

  • Why should moviegoers see this film in IMAX?
  • What's unique about the IMAX camera?
  • What happens on screen during sequences shot with IMAX cameras?
  • Why should I see Interstellar in 15perf/70mm IMAX film instead of standard 35mm film?
  • Why does Christopher Nolan prefer film over digital?
  • Why is Interstellar being released two days early in IMAX 70mm film theaters domestically?

View showtimes and purchase advance tickets online at: https://www.sciowa.org/buy-tickets/imax/

 

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 Why should moviegoers see this film in IMAX?

Christopher Nolan designed Interstellar for IMAX and actually shot portions of the film with IMAX® cameras. Only in IMAX® theatres will these sequences expand vertically to fill the entire screen – providing moviegoers with even greater scope and breathtaking image quality for a truly immersive experience.

IMAX is the world’s most immersive cinematic experience. Everything from the movie itself to the theatre design, projection and sound has been customized and enhanced to make you feel like you are part of the movie.

 

What’s unique about the IMAX® camera?

The IMAX® 2D 15perf / 65mm film camera is the highest-resolution camera in the world.

When captured with the IMAX® camera, the image projected features almost 10x more resolution than conventional 35mm film – providing unparalleled scope and quality.

Exclusively in IMAX theatres, scenes shot with this camera will expand vertically to fill the entire IMAX screen with unprecedented crispness, clarity and color for a truly immersive experience.

 

What happens on screen during the sequences shot with IMAX cameras?  

The technical term for the proportional relationship between an image’s width and its height is called aspect ratio. Most films today are presented in an aspect ratio called CinemaScope (2.40:1). When a film is presented in CinemaScope, it is cropped and uses only part of the image the movie camera captures. This is the reason most ordinary screens are very wide but not particularly high – like looking at the world through a narrow slit.

IMAX provides filmmakers with the ability to use an expanded aspect ratio for the IMAX presentation of their film during production through filming with the extremely high-resolution IMAX® camera.

Exclusively in IMAX® theatres, sequences of Interstellar will be presented in an expanded IMAX aspect ratio and fill the entire IMAX screen – offering moviegoers more of the image than standard cinemas for a truly immersive experience.

 

Why should I see Interstellar in 15perf/70mm IMAX film instead of standard 35mm film?

The IMAX Experience featuring 15 perf/70 millimeter film projection combines the brightest, clearest images at almost 10 times the resolution of 35mm film, with powerful, laser-aligned digital sound and customized theatre geometry to create the world’s most immersive movie experience.

 

Why does Christopher Nolan prefer film over digital?

While each format has its fans among the ranks of leading directors, Christopher Nolan has been a longtime proponent of film – particularly the IMAX film format – as a storytelling medium. Since Interstellar was captured with IMAX film cameras, it is also Christopher Nolan’s preference that this film be projected and viewed in this format.

Filmmakers are among IMAX’s most important partners and advocates and we are committed to respecting and honoring their artistic vision.

 

Why is Interstellar being released two days early in IMAX 70mm film theatres domestically?

The decision to release Interstellar first in film theatres was made by the filmmaker and studio. It is Christopher Nolan’s preference that this film be projected in the format in which it was captured.

 

General IMAX Camera Facts:

  • IMAX® cameras are the highest-resolution cameras in the world.
  • IMAX 15 perf/65mm film provides almost 10x more resolution than 35mm film.
  • An IMAX frame has upwards of 18,000 pixels of horizontal resolution (compared to a home HDTV, which has 1,920 pixels).
  • IMAX® cameras are integral tools that enable visionary filmmakers to tell their amazing stories.
  • Many of today’s leading filmmakers use IMAX® 15 perf/65mm cameras for their feature films, including Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams, Brad Bird and Michael Bay.
  • Previous films that incorporated IMAX® cameras include: The Dark Knight, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, The Dark Knight Rises, Star Trek: Into Darkness and Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Category: IMAX