Several major blockbuster films have experimented with sequences being shot with IMAX cameras, but all have only utilised the giant screen format for specific sequences of the film.
That changes today as Marvel Studios and IMAX Corporation have announced that Marvel’s upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War – Parts 1 & 2” will be shot in their entirety using IMAX and ARRI’s next generation revolutionary IMAX 2D digital camera which makes full use of the IMAX aspect ratio.
The camera itself is a joint customized digital version of ARRI’s new large format camera, the Alexa 65. The currently filming “Captain America: Civil War” will serve as something of a testbed for the process with select action sequences within the film to be shot using the same camera.
The Russo brothers, who are helming both ‘Civil War’ and the ‘Infinity War’ films, say in a statement: “The intent with the Infinity War films is to bring ten years of accumulative storytelling to an incredible climax. We felt that the best way to exploit the scale and scope required to close out the final chapter of these three phases, was to be the first films shot entirely on the IMAX/ARRI Digital camera.”
The film will be the very definition of event cinema going. The new cameras are designed to achieve the highest level of digital image capture available to make full use of IMAX’s next-generation laser projection systems which are about to begin rolling out.
“Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1” opens May 4th 2018, with the second part opening a year later.