IMAX President Greg Foster Talks TRANSFORMERS 4 and the IMAX 4K 3D Digital Camera; Won’t Confirm J.J. Abrams Is Using IMAX Cameras on STAR WARS: EPISODE 7

     June 20, 2014


Last night I was able to speak with Greg Foster (President of IMAX Entertainment) on the red carpet at the world premiere of Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Age of Extinction in Hong Kong.  As we previously reported, Bay used the new IMAX 4K 3D digital cameras to shoot a tremendous amount of Transformers 4, and when you see it in IMAX about 60% of the movie will use the full IMAX aspect ratio.  It’s absolutely the best way to experience this movie.

During the interview Foster talked about the new cameras, how Bay originally had them for two weeks but decided to keep them for the entire shoot, how IMAX will do future upgrades to the camera, and more.  In addition, I’ve heard J.J. Abrams is using IMAX cameras on Star Wars: Episode 7, but when I asked Foster about it, he wouldn’t confirm the news.  With Abrams penchant for secrecy, it’s no surprise.  Hit the jump to watch the interview.

Greg Foster:

  • Talks about the new IMAX 4K 3D digital cameras and how Michael Bay got access to them.
  • Explains how they had to build a 2nd camera for Bay.
  • 60% of Transformers: Age of Extinction is using the full IMAX aspect ratio.
  • 2:00 – How the camera weighs 25 pounds.
  • 2:45 – Who else is using these new cameras?  I try and get him to confirm J.J. Abrams is using IMAX cameras on Star Wars: Episode 7
  • 3:30 – When the upgrade for the next resolution happens will it be a firmware upgrade or chip set?

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  • Anton Volkov

    well it’s kind of a shame that we can’t see it in the full IMAX aspect ratio…

    • Manuel Orozco

      That’d be cool

  • tarek

    come on Greg! We all know they will.

  • TwiceBorn

    Wait, I thought Star Wars was using film.

    • BongBong

      Same. What is this nonsense?

      • RecoveR

        IMAX film? Similar to the one Christoper Nolan used with The Dark Knight Rises

      • BongBong

        No, my impression from reports was that Abrams would be using Panavision 35mm.

      • RecoveR

        I meant that if he heard that Star Wars was being shot on film, but also in IMAX, i thought it might be both. It’s going to look great regardless no doubt

      • BongBong

        I agree it’ll look fantastic.