11/20/2015 - THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2 IMAX
12/11/2015 - IN THE HEART OF THE SEA IMAX 3D
12/18/2015 - STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS IMAX 3D
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IMAX grabs your senses. Visually, there is no frame. The picture’s bigger, higher, wider than your field of view. You’re no longer at the window peeking out; you’re outside among the stars. And that sensation is intensified by the sound. It’s all around you and it’s real – so much so that the whole experience is visceral. You don’t just hear and see an IMAX movie. You feel it in your bones.
There’s a complex web of high technology and architecture that makes an IMAX movie real – and it’s largely stuff that IMAX invented. IMAX is committed to pushing the boundaries and doing things no one in cinema has ever done before.
The highest-resolution cameras in the world. Projection lights so bright you can see them from the moon. A sound system so precise you can hear a pin drop from across the room and know exactly where it fell. And every IMAX theatre is customized with a patented screen and seating design to ensure you’re always in the center of the action – no matter where you’re sitting.
It’s all fascinating in its own right, but once the lights go out it doesn’t matter anymore. IMAX isn’t about the hardware. It’s not about production.
An IMAX movie takes you someplace you dream of going and may never reach. It’s surprising. It stretches your imagination. It can inspire you to see the world a different way.
You can easily conjure up these worlds, but they are orders of magnitude more difficult to put on film. And that challenge is why Hollywood’s most ambitious, most accomplished filmmakers – Christopher Nolan and Ridley Scott; Tim Burton and Michael Bay – increasingly insist on making IMAX movies. It’s why actors compete to be in them. It’s why studios all over the world are willing to invest in the extra preparation and thought and resources to make them. And it’s why the film community is pushing the envelope to make even more transporting IMAX pictures.
And, not incidentally, that is why we currently turn down half a dozen film proposals for every IMAX movie that we present. So we get to be choosier about the films we think will resonate most with our global audience – films that our fans will show up to see at midnight, films that make people say, “now that is something I’ll have to see in IMAX.”
IMAX presents three kinds of films - all IMAX and all spectacular.
When a technology undergoes a radical improvement, what’s the best way to transition? Some jump on the bandwagon right away and – briefly – have the bragging rights. Others do the homework, sweat the details, and wind up with the system that sets the standard for years to come. This is how we’ve always worked.
The integration of digital into our projection systems is an example. IMAX invented a revolutionary film projection system – one that remained the highest quality in the industry for the past 40 years. As digital entertainment emerged, IMAX began to face the next challenge: how do we make digital technology that goes above and beyond this quality product we are known for? That’s simple: by focusing on the value this new format would bring – its greater precision, clarity and perfection of image quality. These are the qualities that IMAX digital projection systems bring to bear. And we only continue to improve that offering.
A surprisingly large part of the IMAX experience is the sound. That’s what makes an IMAX movie visceral. You don’t just see an IMAX film, you feel it in your bones.
One reason is the sheer power of the custom, patented speaker system in an IMAX theatre. Another is the wider frequency response – which means higher highs and lows so low they’re as much vibrations as sounds.
It’s also important to understand that what makes great sound so elusive is the fact that sound is altered by the listening environment and the medium used to deliver it. Simply stated, sound is affected by the room in which the listener sits as well as the quality of the source of the sound. IMAX has patents on theatre geometry that can control these variables - the shape, angles and dimensions are specific to IMAX. The theatre architecture has been customized and enhanced– with better soundproofing and more effective placement of the speakers. This allows us to create an optimum listening environment and deliver a result so precise that you can hear a pin drop from across the room – and know exactly where it fell.
Finally, in an IMAX film, the soundtrack itself has been enhanced. Because of our proprietary Digital Re-mastering process, the sound of the original movie was re-mixed in post-production to recapture its full dynamic range, tweaked to make it brighter, crisper – and more exhilarating or scarier, depending on the context. This takes full advantage of the unique, responsive sound system in an IMAX theatre.
IMAX Official Site