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May 25, 2017—Aircraft Carrier, directed by veteran IMAX-format filmmaker Stephen Low (Rocky Mountain Express, Fighter Pilot) and produced and distributed by K2 Communications and Giant Screen Films, held its world premiere at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington DC, on May 24. A public launch follows at the Smithsonian and in a number of other markets on May 26. Aircraft Carrier is a giant screen, immersive film packed with adrenaline-laced visuals and human stories that pay stirring tribute to the crucial role modern aircraft carriers play in maintaining the freedom of the seas, and keeping the sea lanes open for commerce.
May 5, 2017—All astronauts learn basic photography as part of their astronaut candidate training. But most of the IMAX space films astronauts had to be trained in the mechanical complexities of shooting film—65mm film.TV Tech Global interviews celebrated cinematographer James Neihouse, ASC, on what it takes to train astronauts to shoot an IMAX film in space. Read the James Neihouse interview here.
May 2, 2017—From the LA Times: "To get the maximum visual effect for his upcoming World War II movie Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan relied on a $1-million, 54-pound Imax camera that was mounted to the front of a fighter plane and submerged off the coast of France...Four Hollywood releases this year were shot with Imax cameras, up from three last year and just one in 2015. Currently, less than 15% of the roughly 30 movies released annually in Imax theaters use the company’s film and digital cameras, partly because they are more expensive than conventional equipment. But Imax is aggressively marketing its high-end cameras to filmmakers in an effort to boost that share." Read the full article here.
May 2, 2017—Variety doesn't often review giant screen films, but film critic Peter Debruge calls Amazon Adventure "spectacular" and a "triumph" and says, "Slee’s film boasts such a high level of writing, acting, and overall production polish that youngsters may be fooled into thinking they’re watching a mindless blockbuster, when in fact, they’ve actually been fooled into thinking." Read the full Amazon Adventure review in Variety here.