Why is Captain America: Civil War a must watch in IMAX?

Why is Captain America: Civil War a must watch in IMAX?

-Balaji Thangapandian| Film Theorist

Captain America: Civil War is a visual feast by Russo brothers and crew. Let’s explore, why its a must watch in IMAX.

Captain America: Civil War” will be the first film shot with IMAX’s new 2D digital cameras, Variety has learned.

Roughly 15 minutes of the film, including what co-director Joe Russo describes as one sequence “with some incredible scale to it,” will be shot with the cameras.

“We like being on the cutting edge of technology, and we like to enhance storytelling with technology in a way that pushes the narrative forward creatively,” said Russo. “When you’re working on a Marvel film, there’s a sense of showmanship that goes along with the movies, and no exhibitor exploits that better than Imax.”

Team Cap IMAX poster
Team Cap IMAX poster

Russo and his brother Anthony are well schooled in the Marvel universe, having previously directed “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” They are teaming once again on the sequel and are set to helm two upcoming “Avengers” sequels.

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Team IronMan IMAX poster

The new cameras have emerged through a co-development partnership between the wide screen company and Arri, the German motion picture supply giant. Imax currently has a 3D digital camera and 2D film camera, but is manufacturing the new technology in recognition of the fact that more and more films are shot digitally.

Moreover, many 3D productions, such as “Gravity,” are shot in 2D and converted to 3D in post-production. That’s what the Russos plan to do in the case of “Captain America: Civil War.”

Imax has been very selective about allowing filmmakers to use its cameras, limiting their use to a few A-list names such as Zack Snyder (“Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”), Brad Bird (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”), Christopher Nolan (“Interstellar”) and J.J. Abrams (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”).

‘The demand for our cameras has never been stronger,” said Greg Foster, CEO of Imax Entertainment. “But we’ve had a supply/demand issue. In a very calculated way we held back the supply, and that’s increased demand in a way that we haven’t been able to satisfy.’

Captain America: Civil War will be the first film to use the new high resolution IMAX ALEXA digital camera.  Exclusive to IMAX Theatres the 17min ‘airport battle scene’ of Captain America: Civil War will expand vertically from an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 to 1.9:1 (meaning the image height will increase from approx. 13m to 17m) and combine with the significant increase in resolution to further immerse audiences in the action.

Directors Joe & Anthony Russo – ‘That sequence we figured deserved that scope, that scale of frame… We also have a lot of characters who fly in that sequence — there’s a lot of vertical movement in that sequence — and so the added dimension of that IMAX frame really helps us sell the action on that axis

IMAX Featurette:
The most visceral, involved audience experience that a film can offer. The 17-minute action sequence shot on the ALEXA IMAX camera will vertically expand to show 26% more image, exclusively in IMAX. Hear Chris Evans, the Russo brothers, and more explain why IMAX is the only way to go

Tag: Captain America Civil War, Russo Brothers, IMAX, Iron Man,  Alexa IMAX

Source: IMAX/ Cinema Blend

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