Itâ€™s getting harder and harder to get audiences out to the theaters. Thatâ€™s a fact. Decades ago, heading to the theater was the only way to get your silver screen fix. Even with the advent of VHS, there was nothing quite like heading to your local box office and checking out the latest tentpole flick. However, in the past ten years or so, with the proliferation of HDTVs, surround sound systems, and streaming content, studios have to work harder than ever to get butts in seats.
3D seemed to be the next big thing, and indeed it certainly has had some staying power in movie theaters since it was recently re-introduced to consumers (for better or worse). However, one less gimmicky way to get audiences to leave their homes has also come in the form of IMAX. Not only are these screens bigger than your average screen, but studios are actually shooting more and more films with specialized cameras that boast higher quality and a unique aspect ratio. More than anything, this is all done in an effort to create a more immersive experience.
There have been some big names in the business who have taken to this medium â€” most notably Christopher Nolan, whose next film, Dunkirk, will be shot entirely in IMAX 65mm. Some other films include the recent Star Wars release, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which had scenes shot in a digital format similar to IMAX. Given that the movie was shot digitally, it would have been a bit strange to switch over to film for those key sequences.
Well, it sounds like Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be taking things to the next level. According to a press release from IMAX and Lucasfilm, the latest episode in the ongoing saga had â€œkey sequencesâ€ shot in IMAX. Unlike Rogue One, Lucasfilm is looking to continue to shoot the Star Wars saga movies on film, and as such, IMAX seems like a great way to keep this tradition going. Itâ€™s not clear what sequences specifically will be shot in IMAX, but weâ€™re guessing itâ€™ll be some of the more big budget-heavy moments.
While Star Wars has never had a problem getting audiences in seats, we do wonder if this will help get more folks over to IMAX-specific theaters, in hopes of seeing what sequences are different from the standard 35mm, which is what most of the movie will be shot in.
Do you plan on seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi in IMAX? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017.
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