Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Transformers 4 First Film In Full Digital IMAX 3D

In an interview with /Film, IMAX SVP Hugh Murray discussed the use of IMAX in filming including Transformers: Age of Extinction. In the interview /Slash provides a bit of a laymen perspective on the question along with the VP's comments. I admit that most of it doesn't mean much to me (cost and "worthiness" of the film factors in to my IMAX decision more then "how" it was filmed) but in regards to TF4 it seems it a tiny bit of film history by being the first to film in digital IMAX 3D. I think before it had to be filmed on much bulkier "traditional" 70mm film stock. Assuming Trnasformers 4 proves worthy of its bigger size, it could lead to more films using the new camera technology. Which could be good if the studios learned the lessons of the 3D debacle and recognize that not every single film deserves the IMAX treatment. Any case, the TF4 segment below, full interview here.
What are the different IMAX cameras?
Up until now, every feature film shot in full IMAX (of which there have been only a handful – The Dark Knight, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Dark Knight Rises, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, Star Trek Into Darkness and now The Hunger Games Catching Fire) has filmed with a 65mm 2D IMAX film camera. IMAX has a 3D film camera available, but most filmmakers find it too big and loud to actually use. (Star Trek Into Darkness is the only of those films to be exhibited in IMAX 3D, but it was post-converted.) It wasn’t until recently that IMAX created a 3D digital camera, which will allow 3D capture in full IMAX. The first filmmaker to use that is Michael Bay on Transformers: Age of Extinction. That camera is much smaller and lighter than the other IMAX 3D cameras and will be used quite a bit in the future. There is no 2D digital IMAX camera, but one is being developed. Murray explains some more:

[The 3D digital camera] offers the full height aspect ratio. Our camera is based on a digital camera called Phantom. It’s a 3D camera, so we used two of their sensors and the reason we picked them was they were the closest sensor size to IMAX film frames. They’re not quite as big as IMAX film frames, but they are very close. They allow us to use the same lenses that we developed for our 3D film camera, which is much bigger and heavier.  This 3D digital camera is very light and compact and easy to use.


  1. Full frame IMAX 3D produced in-camera and not in post could be something worth seeing for this movie.

  2. Its about time! it is so much easier with left and right eye footage instead of post conversion. this way you start out perfect and dial in or out depth changes later. and with the crunch that extra built in sterography will shave of months of production. this one will look amazing.

    i just upgraded to have a Panasonic z10000 3D camera and I know the only next step up is iMAX 3D from here.

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  4. Not being a fan of 3D I hope they release it in a standard format as well. Personally I hope 3D is a passing fad that will be on it's way out the door soon

    1. Martinus Prime12/05/2013 11:38 AM

      I hope so too!!! I hate 3D, it still takes color out the movie and it still darkens the movie. But unfortunalty that will not be the case. 3D is here to stay forever now, bc there are 3D tv's, they will never stop making 3D movies, unless people aren't going to see them anymore, but I'm afraid that won't happen.

  5. No kidding! I would much rather have the movie at it's fullest as opposed to the effect it's supposed to give


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