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#1 Keith Walters

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Posted 12 November 2016 - 06:42 PM

I can't a post about this by anybody else here:

We seem to be straying ever further from Geo Lucas's myopic 1999 vision:

http://www.slashfilm...e-shot-on-65mm/
 

My personal vision is that the Next Big Thing is going to be lightweight wall-sized screens that can be rolled up like an old-fashioned home movie screen. At the moment, screen sizes bigger than about 65 inches are at about the limit of practicality; anything much bigger that that will need some means of stowing it when not in use.
Clearly they want to future-proof their franchise as much as possible.


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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 12 November 2016 - 08:05 PM

Great news about all those 65mm film productions!


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Posted 12 November 2016 - 08:21 PM

Yea, it's very exciting to see two more 5/65 productions being shot next year. What kills me is that nobody is talking about printing. I just hope they understand that 65mm camera negative needs to be printed to 70mm film for theatrical release. That's truly the only way to see it.
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#4 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 12 November 2016 - 08:51 PM

70mm print projection is tricky to arrange, judging by the release of "Hateful Eight" -- it would be nice, but I suspect all of these productions other than "Dunkirk" will do a 4K D.I. so any 70mm print would be made from a film-out to a 65mm IN.  But we'll see what happens. 

 

65mm-to-4K DCP looks nice in a different way than 65mm-to-70mm print.  If someone shot a 65mm movie designed for neg cutting and contact-printing, hardly any vfx work, then a 70mm contact print is something special, but for a vfx heavy movie, then most of the shots would get scanned anyway.


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#5 Tyler Purcell

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Posted 12 November 2016 - 08:57 PM

I'm totally cool with 8k DI treatment of 65mm, but anything less then that is a travesty. I believe 'Interstellar' used a 11k laser out to 70mm, which is an unnoticeable process. The IMAX prints were made that way, they were 100% digital scan out.
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#6 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 12 November 2016 - 10:32 PM

I thought "Interstellar" did the same workflow as the "Dark Knight" films in terms of making sure that the IMAX footage was contact printed whenever it didn't have a visual effect, and everything else around it when through a conversion, and the same for the 35mm anamorphic version, it was contact printed whenever possible, so two negative masters were cut. I didn't think Nolan wanted to take the whole movie through a D.I. for the film prints.
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Posted 12 November 2016 - 10:41 PM

https://www.theasc.c...ellar/page3.php

This article says the vfx work was done at 6K for the IMAX version and cut into the 15-perf 65mm negative to make prints.
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#8 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 12 November 2016 - 10:44 PM

You said in March that "Interstellar" was all done at 8K:
http://www.cinematog...showtopic=70554
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#9 Tyler Purcell

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Posted 13 November 2016 - 01:38 AM

Whoops, yes 11k scans and 8k laser out, my bad.

I was referring to the 5/70 prints of interstellar, not the 1:1 15/70 material.

But that's besides the point, my point is 8k scan and laser out, doesn't really effect the quality of 5/70, so it's possible to do an 8k finish and strike prints, since there aren't any 8k digital cinemas.
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#10 Jon O'Brien

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Posted Yesterday, 11:44 PM

So, it looks like film is still the best of the best. It's the elephant in the room softly and warmly breathing down the necks of all who say, yeah, film is nice and quaint, but .... Personally I'd take a sack of Red and Alexa air-cooled 'brains' and put 'em in a potato sack and heave them as far into the sea off the rocky heads at Noosa as I could.


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