The Filmmaking Team Behind Dunkirk Straps IMAX® Cameras to Spitfire Planes to Take Audiences to New Heights
Ahead of the upcoming release of Dunkirk on July 21st, IMAX released today a special Behind The Frame featurette with never-before-seen footage and commentary from Director Christopher Nolan, Director of Photography Hoyte Van Hoytema, Producer Emma Thomas and Editor Lee Smith on how they pushed the limits of what’s possible using IMAX cameras on land, air and in the sea to deliver audiences an unforgettable cinematic experience.
“The immersive quality of the image is second to none. We really try and create the sensation that I would describe as a virtual reality without the goggles.”
- Christopher Nolan, Director
Following his use of IMAX cameras in The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar, Christopher Nolan designed Dunkirk for IMAX – capturing a majority of the film with IMAX’s 15perf 65m film cameras, the highest-resolution cameras in the world at 18k resolution. Exclusively in IMAX theatres, scenes shot with this camera will expand to fill the entire screen, allowing moviegoers to see up to 40% more of the image with unprecedented crispness, clarity and color saturation for a truly immersive experience.
“We started to invent stuff to make it possible to put the cameras on planes and in the cockpits.”
- Hoyte Van Hoytema, Director of Photography
Dunkirk opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in. The film’s ensemble cast includes Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy and Barry Keoghan, with Kenneth Branagh (“My Week with Marilyn,” “Hamlet,” “Henry V”), Cillian Murphy (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Wolf Hall”) and Tom Hardy (“The Revenant,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Inception”).