Last night, Steve got to see the prologue for The Dark Knight Rises in IMAX. I’ve avoided reading detailed reactions (although his is spoiler-free) because I want to go in fresh, but my understanding is that the footage is so good that it causes the blind to see, the crippled to walk, and then faded to black for our sins. But when you put this new footage together with the critically acclaimed IMAX work Christopher Nolan did with The Dark Knight, it’s clear that the director has made the format his domain.
While The Dark Knight featured a little under half-an-hour of IMAX footage, Steve spoke with producer Emma Thomas last night and learned that The Dark Knight Rises could feature between 40 – 50 minutes of IMAX goodness. However, Nolan and Thomas are not set on that number because Nolan hasn’t gotten around to editing anything beyond the prologue. Hit the jump for more.
It’s important to note that when Steve spoke with Thomas last night, she confirmed that not all of the movie as shot in IMAX and that scenes not shot in IMAX were shot in 35mm, which is how they’ll be projected. As people who saw The Dark Knight in IMAX know, scenes that were shot in IMAX filled the entire screen while scenes that were shot in 35mm filled most of the screen but not all of it.
If you’re wondering why they wouldn’t shoot the entire movie from start-to-finish in IMAX, you should know that filming in IMAX is very expensive and that the cameras are heavy, loud, and cumbersome. Obviously, because the cameras are so loud, it means all dialogue filmed in IMAX has to be ADR’d. Eventually the technology will reach a point where IMAX cameras have the same flexibility of a 35mm camera, but we’re not at that point.
Again, it’s important to stress that we don’t know how much of the finished film will be in IMAX and it could be a little less or a little more than the 40 – 50 minutes Thomas mentioned to Steve. But Nolan loves the IMAX format and it’s likely he’ll try to put in as much IMAX footage into the finished film as possible. If you want to get a taste of what Nolan has in store, you can check out the IMAX prologue to The Dark Knight Rises when it plays in front of IMAX-film presentations of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol starting December 16th (click here to find out if it’s playing in your area).
The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20, 2012.