Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” will be the first film to be shot with IMAX’s new 2D digital cameras, specifically a 15 minute segment of the film “with some incredible scale to it” according to co-director Joe Russo.
Imax currently has a 3D digital camera and 2D film camera, but is manufacturing the new technology with German motion picture supply giant Arri due to the fact that more and more films are shot digitally. The 2D camera is reportedly more compact and easier to use than its film equivalent, and is a customised (and IMAX approved) version of the Alexa 65 – Arri’s new large-format 65mm camera, lens and workflow system.
The Russos tested the Alexa while shooting “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and were impressed with its results. They reportedly plan to shoot ‘Civil War’ in 2D and convert it to 3D in post-production.
Russo says he and his brother prefer shooting on digital to film: “It allows us to keep rolling and do multiple takes while keeping the energy up. Our motto is you can only build a film with what you bring into the editing room, and we like to bring as much as we can. There’s an impressionistic quality to film that I’ll cherish forever, but today’s audience and younger audiences prefer the sharpness and crispness and reality they get from looking at digital.”
“Captain America: Civil War” begins filming shortly ahead of a May 6th 2016 release.