THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is going to be big. And we mean really, really big.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Christopher Nolan’s Batman finale will feature over an hour of IMAX footage. An hour! That’s the most for any mainstream blockbuster. Nolan’s THE DARK KNIGHT featured about forty minutes of IMAX. They’ve obviously aiming to make it bigger as well as better.
But what about the weight, cost and noise of an IMAX camera? As has been reported, it’s extremely hard to shoot with the specially-made IMAX equipment. In fact, scenes shot in IMAX that feature dialogue need to be re-dubbed later because the camera is so damn loud. As well, they weigh about 90 pounds which can be a pain for the cameraman. Here’s a choice quote from Nolan about the downsides of shooting in IMAX:
“There was a huge irony that we were told it would be too difficult to shoot a Hollywood movie on IMAX when we had this gigantic camera department, grips, electric, hundreds of people working for us. [...] These were cameras that had been to the top of Mount Everest, to the bottom of the ocean and into outer space, but people thought we couldn’t make a feature film. It was absurd.”
The Journal reports that Nolan signed on to direct the film only after Warner Bros agreed to use IMAX again. Stick to your guns, Chris.
In other DARK KNIGHT RISES news, it has been reported that the third trailer for the film will debut in front of next month’s THE AVENGERS. As if you weren’t going to see that already.