mchekhov 2: Chek Harder wrote:upon rewatch im actually not blown away by hoyteys work
individually he has some gorgeous shots but overall it feels like a jumble of different styles and ideas. great cinematography will create a specific look which you can attribute to the film but i don't think you can do that here. Contrast ratio, style of lens and of camera movement all sorta jump around.
also i feel pfister handles imax better than hoytey. i cant find a screencap but i remember some shots on mann's planet where they were just standing outside talking, but their heads were at the very top of the screen, which makes you crane your neck up. i found a lot of shots weren't quite framed for imax, which meant i didn't get that immersive feel as much as TDK or TDKR.
It's fairly clear from some of his interviews that Hoyte didn't treat the IMAX camera like it was "built" for a 6-10 story screen, he seemingly treated it like it was purely another medium format camera. This never bugged me seeing it on a 6 story 70mm screen, but the framing was definitely more loose and less centered than Wally's work.
I think it's a new approach for IMAX, and I wouldn't mind see more filmmakers try using it. He essentially treated it like an overgrown Hasselblad, which is awesome.