Thursday, January 12, 2012

Pixar's Finest Talk ‘The Master,' 65mm vs. IMAX



Sometimes it pays to be on Twitter all day. Thanks to Cinema Blend (via @florian_jonquil), it appears three of Pixar's finest directors -- Andrew Stanton ("WALL·E"), Brad Bird ("The Incredibles") and Lee Unkrich ("Toy Story 3") -- ended up discussing 'The Master' of all things. We already knew that Unkrich was a fan, so it's great to hear that Paul has many admirers at the brilliant animation studio. The filmmakers were discussing large format film as Bird's latest, "Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol," was partially shot in IMAX while several upcoming films like "The Dark Knight Rises" will utilize the format as well.

We were the first to break the news that 'The Master' will be shooting in 65mm though it's still a little unclear whether it will be a mix of 35mm and 65mm (as we received conflicting reports from sources inside production). Well, 9 months later our scoop has been confirmed by Stanton, who drops a little insider knowledge that the production nearly lost one of these cameras while filming in the Bay. (Let's hope it wasn't Kubrick's!) Bird confirms that the film was shot in 65mm not IMAX.
"Pretty sure "Master" is NOT in IMAX. Shot in 65 though... will look amazing, I'm sure."
Though the difference between the two is not something most laypeople would be able to differentiate someone in the comments has helped set them/us straight.
65mm and IMAX use the same film. The difference is that each frame of standard 65mm utilizes 5 perfs, and each frame of IMAX utilizes 15 perfs. So the IMAX frame is 3 times larger. It also has an aspect ratio of 1.4:1, whereas standard 65mm is 2.2:1.
Thanks Mike! Stay tuned to Twitter and Facebook for the latest news and updates. Oh, and if anyone from Pixar is reading this, we love you. Please hire us. Thanks!

6 comments:

  1. 65mm and IMAX use the same film. The difference is that each frame of standard 65mm utilizes 5 perfs, and each frame of IMAX utilizes 15 perfs. So the IMAX frame is 3 times larger. It also has an aspect ratio of 1.4:1, whereas standard 65mm is 2.2:1.

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