GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: James Gunn Says IMAX 3D Version Will Have Changing Aspect Ratios

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Hopefully you enjoyed the little snippet of new footage in today’s new TV spot for James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.  If you follow Gunn on Twitter, you might also have noticed that he mentioned that a 30-second and 60-second spot for his Marvel movie will run during tonight’s NBA finals.  Additionally, the social media-savvy Gunn just posted his response to working on the IMAX 3D cut of the film, which should delight both fans of the comics and fans of filmmaking alike.

Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe SaldanaDave BautistaBradley CooperVin DieselBenicio Del ToroKaren GillanDjimon HounsouJohn C. ReillyPeter SerafinowiczMichael Rooker, and Glenn Close, the film opens in 3D on August 1st.  Hit the jump to see what Gunn had to say on his cut of Guardians of the Galaxy in its IMAX 3D form.

james-gunn-guardians-of-the-galaxyHere are Gunn’s comments on Guardians of the Galaxy in IMAX 3D via his Facebook page:

Just got out of working on the Guardians cut for IMAX 3D and I’m unbelievably excited about it. Guardians of the Galaxy has been planned as a 3D film from its very inception. Yes, if you see the film in 2D, you’ll get a full experience. But the 3D experience promises a little something extra. Unlike many directors, I’ve been actively involved with converting every shot to 3D, making sure it works perfectly for the story and the film, making sure it’s spectacular and immersive without being silly, distracting, or overly showy. 3D conversion was once far inferior to shooting in 3D, but over the past couple years new technology has allowed us incredible control over the 3D effects, making it equal to or in some cases greater than shooting in 3D.

As an EXTRA benefit for those who see the film in IMAX 3D, we will be changing aspect ratios throughout the film in a way that makes the experience even fuller and more encompassing. I’ve personally chosen all the places where the changes occur and, again, I love how it’s coming along. The changing aspect ratios in this case are actually a part of the storytelling.

Just wanted to share some of this stuff with you guys since I haven’t had a chance to talk about the 3D much. Hope you’re all having a great day. Hi!

As a bonus, here’s a cool fan-made Guardians of the Galaxy poster Gunn tweeted earlier today:

 




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  • Mr. Banana pants

    F*ing awesome! Could not be more excited for this movie….well maybe if Zoe Saldana had a nude scene I would be.

  • randommale7

    SO Marvel might finally have a good 3D conversion?

    • NICK НΛRT

      i thought the avengers was decent 3D actually

      • randommale7

        I thought it was really bad, almost felt like bad photoshop layering…same with Iron Man 3 and Winter Soldier…

      • nintendo power

        Film is a two dimensional medium. We live life in 3-D. Moving pictures instead have become theme park rides. I’m glad Gunn, a great director, is proving himself as such by sticking so close with his post conversion.

        But regardless, when the quality of a picture depends on the quality of your seat (I got stuck in a bottom corner at the Hobbit in Imax 3d in San Francisco and it was unwatchable, blurry and a mess) the theater going experience no longer is enjoyable. And isn’t that the point?

        Saw Raid 2 in 2d. James Cameron should see that movie and take notes.

      • Sweet Pea

        Why do you say James Cameron should see Raid 2 and take notes?

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        I’d say it’s because the camera work is so good and spot-on with a great knack for framing the action that you get a terrific sense of depth in whatever small or wide open environment the action is taking place in…without needing actual 3D.

      • randommale7

        But there have been many good 3D post conversions like Pacific Rim and Star Trek Into Darkness. I’m commenting on Marvel not Gunn, my comment was actually a compliment to Gunn. Marvel has just been very lazy with their 3D and seating position has nothing to do with it as I always get good seats.

  • Bloost

    IMAX is no longer what it was. All it does is “remaster” films not made for it and boost the contrast, form inaccurate colors, DNR, etc. The only IMAX film to watch is Interstellar.

    • Jim El

      And even then most people will see Interstellar in Digital IMAX which is not what Christopher Nolan intended. He filmed it in square-screen Film IMAX, which is approx similar to a 12k resolution given analogue-to-digital comparison, along with a much richer palette. Digital, as always, is lossy. And Digital IMAX crops the frame too. In other words, everything is diluted, convoluted, and over-inflated beyond decency, including this comment.

      • Bloost

        True, but fortunate for me, I live next to a real IMAX theater: Citywalk.

      • Andrew Sanders

        Lucky you!
        Nearest IMAX to me is a £30 train fare away,& then with £15+ (3D)cinema ticket on top,…that’s allot of cash to fork out for one film.

  • Werefon

    Great! Buying 2D tickets.

  • http://www.pointofgeeks.com PointofGeeks.com

    It’s awesome that despite a Thanos like grip over all Marvel directors, Gunn was able to really see this through from start to finish. He wrote the script, played with raccoons and shot the film. This is gonna be interesting… but I hope not forgettable. Which I fear it will be.

  • Cpt Rex Kramer

    Glad he’s excited about the process, but 3D is a gimmick, and nothing more. It does squat to “enhance” the motion picture going experience. And if the film was planned as a 3D film at it;s inception, then why was it not shot in 3D? Sure, they’ll charge you for the 3D ticket, but won’t pony up to show it in true 3D? Like I said, a gimmick.

    • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

      Color, widescreen, and sound are gimmicks too – you can make a perfectly compelling movie in 4:3 black and white with title cards to fill in dialogue. Filmmakers around the world did it for decades.

    • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

      Color, widescreen, and sound are gimmicks too – you can make a perfectly compelling movie in 4:3 black and white with title cards to fill in dialogue. Filmmakers around the world did it for decades.

  • mbmarquis69

    Wasn’t changing aspect ratios one of the selling features for most movies that were partially shot with IMAX cameras? The aspect ratio would change for those parts of the film, filling up the entire screen. The Dark Knight comes to mind specifically.

    I’m not sure how a changing aspect ratio relates to 3D but I like hearing that the 3D is benefiting from Gunn’s creative influence.

  • ACallCreative

    I don’t understand. Why would you want the aspect ratio to change during a movie?

    • R0yBatty

      Well, it sometimes makes the 3d more immersive. Like when the flying fish soared by Pi’s head in Life of Pi. The ratio kept changing so that the fish appeared to be flying out of the frame and then back into the shot. At least thats what I’m assuming Gunn means.

    • R0yBatty

      Well, it sometimes makes the 3d more immersive. Like when the flying fish soared by Pi’s head in Life of Pi. The ratio kept changing so that the fish appeared to be flying out of the frame and then back into the shot. At least thats what I’m assuming Gunn means.

  • Django9000

    Damn. That bottom poster should absolutely be an official poster for theatres! So cool.

  • Django9000

    Damn. That bottom poster should absolutely be an official poster for theatres! So cool.

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