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'Big Love for the Big Format:' The Filmic Accomplishments of 'Dunkirk'

The entire movie was shot with large-format film, with 75% of it being presented in IMAX.7/13/2017 12:30 PM Eastern
New behind-the-scenes videos for Dunkirk reveal "how the challenging shoot came together," reports Adam Chitwood. "Writer/director Christopher Nolan, cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, and more explain how they made the IMAX format work for such a location-heavy shoot, revealing that they had to actually start inventing technology to get the cameras to fit in things like a Spitfire fighter plane.

"The entire movie was shot with large-format film, with 75% of it being presented in IMAX. The reason the whole thing isn't IMAX is that Nolan still uses the IMAX film cameras, which are incredibly loud, and he’s also not a fan of recording the dialogue in post-production (i.e. ADR). So for certain dialogue scenes they would switch to the quieter 65mm cameras."

"We have a big love for the big format, especially IMAX," says cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema. "It's a very visual window the world. In many ways, it's the best format out there."

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(L-R) Kenneth Branagh and director/writer/producer Christopher Nolan on the set of the Warner Bros. Pictures action thriller "Dunkirk." Photo by Melinda Sue Gordon
Director/writer/producer Christopher Nolan on the set of the Warner Bros. Pictures action thriller "Dunkirk." Photo by Melinda Sue Gordon




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