Christopher Nolan Straps an IMAX Camera to the Front of a Learjet for INTERSTELLAR

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Christopher Nolan loves using the IMAX camera, and we love him for using it.  It gets amazing footage, but it’s tough to wield.  The camera is bulky, noisy, and there aren’t many of them in the world, so you have to be careful.  Strapping an IMAX camera to the front of a Learjet may not be the most cautious use of the expensive equipment, but Nolan’s probably going to get some amazing footage out of it for his new movie, Interstellar.  Plot details are unsurprisingly scarce (“a group of explorers who 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 story might also involve corn), but it’s good to know that Nolan is finding new ways to utilize the IMAX camera.

Hit the jump to check out a couple images of the rig.  The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, Bill Irwin, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Timothée Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo, Ellen Burstyn, and Michael CaineInterstellar opens November 7, 2014.

Via Visual Effects Supervisor Paul J. Franklin via reddit.

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  • Lance

    Nolan is the best. Haters hate him for being so good, and for disproving their pet theories that comic book movies can only be campy, goofball fun.

    • GrimReaper07

      That’s not why they hate him, but fair enough.

      • Ryan

        Actually everyone who I know personally who hate him dislike his films because of how serious his films are and yet love Marvels film only because of how much humor and entertaining bits are in it no matter how bizarre it gets and how much it takes away from the story. Most people that I know dont like him because he doesn’t pander to what they look for: interesting characters with funny action bits thrown in and no actual story.

      • GrimReaper07

        I know what you mean and I love the Batman films as well, but that’s not the reason so many people hate TDKR, for example. As for Inception, I’ve heard of many disliking it for how overly rational it is seeing how it deals with dreams. I like that film a lot as well, but I do agree with them in that its so rational that it doesn’t make much sense. Dreams are much more abstract and more unrealistic than depicted in the film and I’d much rather they went in a more bizarre direction than the one they did. The only friends I have who hate Nolan are the ones who are more into arthouse though. I like him a lot but don’t love him yet. Still, he’s a great director no doubt.

      • mbmarquis69

        I like Inception, but it could have used much more Weird in the dream sequences. I guess when you are telling a story that takes place in different levels, each with their own unique rules for time, simple is probably better.

    • sunwukong86

      you do realize that Nolan has made other movies than just Batman movies right?

    • BigJimSlade

      I don’t hate him for being good, I just think he’s overrated. Technically, his films are fine, just lack an ounce of heart or compelling storytelling.

      I’m not a South Park fan, but I think their Inception parody sums up Nolan’s film perfectly. Rises was a mess, and those other two Batman films are what they are. Other than that; you’ve got the mediocre magic film, the Pacino remake and the backwards flick.

      Hard to say he’s “the best” with that filmography. I think he’s got potential as a producer, though…

      • Blind_Boy_Grunt_1235

        “Are what they are” defined here as “films I want to gloss over because they’re so great. Giving kudos to them would interfere with my downvote destiny”.

      • GrimReaper07

        I do agree that his films lack heart. That’s my biggest complaint with Nolan. The same criticism could be made about Kubrick, but Nolan is no Kubrick. Still, I’d say the first two Batman films are great (TDK being particularly exceptional and his best film), as is The Prestiege, Memento and Insomnia (the original might be better, I can’t honestly say cause I haven’t seen it). I do get people’s criticism of Inception though, but I really liked it myself. The only film he’s produced and hasn’t directed is Man of Steel, which is a shameful thing to have on one’s filmography, so I don’t get what you mean on his potential as a producer.

    • -

      He’s good but most of the buzz around him comes from people who have only watched the Batman movies, which apart from TDK don’t even rank among his best work, lol

    • -

      He’s good but most of the buzz around him comes from people who have only watched the Batman movies, which apart from TDK don’t even rank among his best work, lol

    • Lance Bass

      Sigh…yes Bane’s silly f-cking Sean Connery through a voice-box singsong was the definition of non-campy and wasn’t at all f-cking goofy when he read a note for 5 f-cking minutes straight from a f-cking scrap of paper that everybody listening to him takes as Gospel from a man who just told EVERYONE in the city he intends to EXPLODE them with a nuclear bomb. It also wasn’t f-cking ridiculous at all that Batman escaped from a SIX MILE nuclear blast via the miracle of editing in a bid to rip off Good Will Hunting and provide everyone with possibly the dopiest f-cking ending this side of a Walt Disney film.

      Or a prison without a roof. That’s the stupidest part. Yes, I get it. It’s a metaphor for hope being out of reach and despair being worse when you know hope is just out of your grasp. I get it because it’s the most boneheadedly obvious metaphor imaginable. An extremely obvious metaphor that Nolan believes is too complex for us dullards to grasp so he takes pains to have the characters explicitly describe it as a metaphor. In reality, it makes NO FUCKING SENSE whatsoever.
      Prior to this lazy shit fest of a disgrace of a movie, The Dark Knight films included heavy-handed symbolize but this is the first time the symbolism took over the plot and took the narrative far afield of anything that could be described as ‘realistic’. Logistically, this prison could not exist. The Joker’s plots were convoluted, I’ll conceded that and I’ll also concede he would most likely never be able to pull them off, but rigging a hospital with explosives isn’t out of the realm of possibility. The water vaporizes in Begins also couldn’t exist in reality but it was at least speculative science fiction. The Dark Knight Rises tried to hard for profundity and fell flat on its face because the ideas were half formed.
      It showed Nolan became lazy and I have grave doubts that the acclaim won by the Dark Knight Rises will cure him of the bad habits he started to exhibit.
      You may now proceed with your outrage at my criticism of a comic book movie like I spat in your kids face. Preemptive: asparagus haha, good joke fuck you.

      • Duncan

        They are comic book movies…

      • Lance Bass

        That may be true, but you know what else i can’t understand? Why nobody wants to tell me about a Trayvon Martin impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? I’d really like that, in fact, i’m pretty sure that it’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash. $350 if he can make it taste like CORN! LULZ! ;-).

  • Nomis1700

    This is going to be so amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bidi

    sweet

  • Nemesis11

    I love that this guy tries to do all these little creative things. Story telling structure in Memento, complex puzzle like narrative in Prestige, infusing crime saga approach in comic book movies, just love his passion for the job. The hallway action scene in Inception was hands down most innovative action scene I had seen since Matrix in 1999. Definitely my most anticipated movie of 2014.

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  • sense11

    Niceee, Master at work

  • Leo Spaceman

    When Tom Cruise was cutting through that window on the Burj something or other super building In Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol and then the doodad malfunctioned and he fell 20 feet off the face of the tallest building in the world, I really jumped. It was the only time I have ever done that in a movie theater and I believe the fact that something of such a massive scale was shot in IMAX played a huge factor in it.

    So seeing that we are going to be zooming across a landscape in an IMAX theater has me very excited. I think what ever this sequence is going to be will be rather incredible.

    • Al

      Ditto. Every single person in the imax theater gasped/jumped at that scene. Its weird to say about Mission Impossible but it was truly movie magic. Also, Bird should direct episode 8 and make it this generations episode 5.

  • Gedron Lacy

    I was very excited for this and than I read the script and it wasn’t anything just…extravagant. I won’t give away many spoilers but yes it does involve corn and it takes place in the near future and corn seems to be the only vegetable we have left. Cooper (Mcconaughey, his father and kid) are the heart of the story.

    • Strong Enough

      That was before Chris came and rewrote it.

    • Leo Spaceman

      My understanding was that the script for Avatar was pretty bland too but pretty much everybody s**t themselves over Cameron’s greatness. Personally Avatar was nothing special but apparently the world considers it the greatest movie ever made.

      A script can just be a remake of anything, sayyyyyyyyyy Pocahantus, but with a special director that can properly depict the motives and themes it can still be a good movie.

      Hell any director can over come a terrible script and produce one hell of a ride. Look at Transformers Age of Extinction. I can pretty much guarantee you the script is going to be mediocre and the director probably doesn’t even know there is an actual script beyond just some basic ideas of what to shoot before trying to make a movie, but Optimus Prime is going to be riding a F**king T-ranosorus Rex into Battle. Its going to be the movie event of the summer and yes I may be dumber for watching it but smart people suck and I like seeing things blow up.

      • Gedron Lacy

        Dont get me wrong the script was good…It is purely a time travel story. After the first team lands on the ice planet they take speciman samples of a lifeform that lives within the ice and they try to leave the planet but a makeshift gravitational device inhibits this. They dont realize that many years has passed something like 200 years on Earth. The story switches gears then. It is a heart felt story I enjoyed it very much without giving too much away however i do know that the cast list is pretty big and defined with good actors. I wonder if TARS and CASE the robots are played by Casey Affleck or is this Mcconaugheys son as he gets older? Either way…very nicely written and cant wait til it comes out.

      • Gedron Lacy

        Dont get me wrong the script was good…It is purely a time travel story. After the first team lands on the ice planet they take speciman samples of a lifeform that lives within the ice and they try to leave the planet but a makeshift gravitational device inhibits this. They dont realize that many years has passed something like 200 years on Earth. The story switches gears then. It is a heart felt story I enjoyed it very much without giving too much away however i do know that the cast list is pretty big and defined with good actors. I wonder if TARS and CASE the robots are played by Casey Affleck or is this Mcconaugheys son as he gets older? Either way…very nicely written and cant wait til it comes out.

    • mgm5215

      It’s a first draft from 2008, the script should have suffered lots of changed since then, especially because it was originally a Spielberg proyect.

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  • Strong Enough

    oh boy. the comments on this article is going to be hilarious

    • NICK НΛRT

      no, not really

      • Strong Enough

        give it time

    • ʝoe ßloggs

      Is that a flying asparagus !?

  • GunzOfNavarone

    One thing you have to commend Nolan on, is he constantly pushes the boundaries of film making. He doesn’t rely on gimmicks like 3D but more camera techniques to get his perfect shot, and from the pic above, there seems to be no limits to haw far he will push that envelope.

    • GunzOfNavarone

      haw? – I sound like a hillbilly. how!

    • lordjim

      excuse me but nolan really does not constantly push any boundaries, not even from a special effects standpoint, he works very well inside the established.kubrick pushed the boundaries, constantly, spielberg pushed the boundaries, ron howard pushed the boundaries with apollo 13 and i hate his movies, gravity pushed the boundaries, mission impossible 4 pushed the boundaries, cameron pushes the boundaries and i even prefer nolan to anything cameron has done after true lies.where is a constant push in nolan´s work besides this one cool idea?

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  • The Flobbit

    That cast is to kill for. It’s great to see Nolan going out of his comfort zone and hiring a 99% NEW cast. This movie has so much potential, and it’s probably going to be legendary. Bring it on, Christopher.

    • ʝoe ßloggs

      1% = Caine & Hathaway ?

      • The Flobbit

        That is correct.

      • The Flobbit

        I’m still waiting for Nolan’s Keys to the Street with Gemma Arterton and especially Jim Carrey’s Howard Hughes biopic.

  • The Flobbit

    That cast is to kill for. It’s great to see Nolan going out of his comfort zone and hiring a 99% NEW cast. This movie has so much potential, and it’s probably going to be legendary. Bring it on, Christopher.

  • whatupman

    Chris Nolan, one crazy ass motherfucker. Long live the dude.

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  • Blitz

    The only one he outdoes when it comes to innovative techniques every time, is himself

    • lordjim

      ?
      do you have an example besides the neat learjet idea?

      • Blitz

        The usage of IMAX for films , rotating hallway in inception , prologue of TDKR etc

      • lordjim

        there is nothing he invented or that was used for the first time in any of your examples.technically he doesn´t do anything new.from a story telling point of view “memento” is at least something i haven´t seen before and really interesting, still his best movie (actually i found every one of his movies worse than the one before, haven´t seen the following yet, and i hope somebody helps him with the characters this time, and his visual style becomes a bit more edgy,personal, interesting it is a science fiction movie after all.yes i know, i´m calling for hate but that´s my honest opinion, his movies are entertainment for lazy sunday evenings, better than most of it´s kind, but nowadays that isn´t a difficult task)

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