‘Avengers: Infinity War’ to Be Shot Entirely With Imax Cameras

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Avengers: Infinity War – Parts 1 & 2” will be the first films shot entirely with Imax cameras, the wide screen company said Thursday.

Anthony and Joe Russo, the directors of the two-part comic book adventure, will use a new 2D digital camera. As Variety first reported, that camera was produced by Imax and Arri, and is lighter in weight than Imax’s film cameras. The Russos are first out of the gate to use the 2D camera and will shoot 15 minutes of footage for their upcoming “Captain America: Civil War” with the technology.

“The Russos are going to spend the next 15 months or so designing the making of the ‘Avengers’ films with these cameras in mind,” said Greg Foster, Imax Entertainment CEO. “They’re not looking at this a week before they start filming or only focusing on an important section of the film. This is something that’s never happened before.”

Other major films have used Imax cameras for key action scenes such as the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and last year’s “Interstellar,” which set a record by shooting more than an hour of footage with the technology.

Earlier this year, Imax renewed its exhibition agreement with Walt Disney Studios, the parent company behind Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm. The multipicture deal begins this year and extends through 2017. It includes such films as “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” a “Jungle Book” remake, “Doctor Strange” and “Guardians of the Galaxy 2.” The company has a similar long-term pact with Warner Bros.

“These [deals] give us the long term point of view to be able to do something like this,” said Foster.

Marvel’s movies have been good for Imax. Last weekend, the company scored $25.2 million from its release of “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” representing one of Imax’s largest worldwide box office weekends.

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  1. Bill B. says:

    Oh please, STOP! Enough already.

  2. Geoff D says:

    Yeah, it’ll essentially be the Alexa 65 that they’re shooting on. It’s not 15/70 IMAX, true enough, but the dynamic range of the Alexa married to a 65mm sensor will still look very pretty indeed. And the weight and noise of the true IMAX cameras (not to mention a mere 3-minute film mag) means that we’ll probably never see a full-length mainstream movie shot entirely in that format, it’s just too unwieldy.

  3. JSintheStates says:

    I just checked the frame size for IMAX 70mm film. So we go and expand our televisions (video monitors) from 4:3 to 16:9,so we can have wide-angle movies and television shows. We can watch 1:1.77 and 1:1.85, and even stretch to 1:2.35 (1:2.4). Glorious! And now some idiot wants to shoot a ratio of 1:1.44 ? We’re headed back to 4:3 television sets? Mad as hatters!!!

  4. Jeff says:

    This is extremely deceptive. They are NOT shooting the whole movie on REAL Imax cameras ie: 70mm film as was used on Interstellar. That would be something special and unprecedented. They’re shooting it on just another digital camera that Imax and Arri have slapped their name on. No different than if they shot the whole film on an Alexa… Big Whoop…

    • Seo says:

      If they were to shoot it entirely with IMAX cameras (65mm), then that would be a disadvantage for every IMAX Digital screens. IMAX 2D Digital cameras would at least benefit all of them.

  5. Anon says:

    I would of thought Jonathan Nolan would be the first to make a film entirely in Imax cameras,too bad I dont really care for the Avenger movies but hopefully some of my other favorite movies will eventually be shot with imax cameras.

    • jp says:

      What they mean is they are shooting with the Arri Alexa 65…. Which has a 65mm digital sensor capable of handling the lenses used on 70mm IMAX format… it will not be an IMAX camera… Arri haven’t just slapped their name on it… they’ve developed and built it like they did all their Arri cameras

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