Dunkirk in Imax

(photo: Kathy Palmer)

If you get the chance,  do see Christopher Nolan’s  DUNKIRK in Imax. I found it stunning,  and the audience obviously thought so too. They clapped at the end.  And before the show, the manager of the BFI Waterloo Imax cinema gave a short introduction.  With arms outstretched he held up a 24-frame length of 70mm film,  with 15 perforations to each Imax image: they run horizontally.  That’s just one second of screen time !   He was keen on putting on more 15/70  presentations,  a refreshing attitude.  At present the digital Imax is 4K resolution on a smaller screen.   And the adverts we had been forced to watch (too large in my opinion) were only 2K,  he pointed out.  There was glee in his voice:  “Now you’re going to see 18K ! ”


As for the film,  great acting from Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance and others.  Very realistic sea and air action.  Fantastic sound effects.  Effective music…  Do see it.  I don’t think it will look much though on a small screen.   However,  another alternative is traditional 5 perf 70mm projection.   Indeed,  most of the sparse dialogue was done in 5 perf 65mm,  with black bars top and bottom of the huge Imax screen.   A similar method was used in Nolan’s previous movie INTERSTELLAR  but that was 35mm anamorphic. This time it’s less distracting.  Why not shoot dialogue in Imax ?  Apparently the cameras are just too noisy,  and Nolan doesn’t like adding dialogue afterwards.  However,  the close shots of pilots radioing were seen in full Imax:  their mouths were covered and not visible !


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A lot has happened recently on the analogue film front.   Kodak as you know will be relaunching Ektachrome later this year.  Initially available in super-8 and 35mm transparency film.  Lets hope they will soon offer other formats too.  And then there’s their new super-8 camera !

Ferrania is already making black and white 35mm film at its revamped factory in Italy.  Soon it will be launching its own colour transparency film, along with super-8 and 16mm. This dedicated team has overcome massive hurdles along the way. See  http://www.filmferrania.it/

Across the world new resources are opening up to help folks make films. Here in Britain Pavan Deep has formed http://www.analoguefilmacademy.co.uk./

Meanwhile,  many of the best Hollywood films are continuing to be made on celluloid.   “La La Land”  used 35mm and even 16mm.    Nolan’s upcoming “Dunkirk” is an all-65mm production to be released in Imax in July.

Talking of large format films,  one independent film-maker Nick Eriksson is working on a Vistavision drama set in Devon UK.  It’s called “Ellston Bay”.  Vistavision was used on big feature films in the 1950s and later for creating special effects in many films such as  “Star Wars”.  It’ll be good to see it return this year !

Stunning News from Kodak !

We have become accustomed to seeing Kodak discontinuing iconic products….Kodachrome, Ektachrome…. Now as 2016 dawns comes some amazingly positive news.   Kodak plans to introduce later this year a brand new Super-8 movie camera.      Take a look at          


We can only wait and see what it will be like.   And how much it will cost.   But first impressions show it will have a good range of speeds and interchangeable lens capability, something only pro super-8 cameras had in the past.

Something refreshing seems to be happening at Kodak,  and in the movie-making world as a whole .  More and more blockbuster films are returning to using their analog film…..  Interstellar, Spectre, Far from the Madding Crowd,  Jurassic World and the new Star Wars were some from last year.  Now comes The Hateful Eight …. and more in 2016….