Our friends over at Collider got to participate in a round-table interview with Christopher Nolan this past weekend at ShoWest. On the table for discussion was Inception, shooting in IMAX, the recent 3D boom, and much more. Most interesting of all was when Chris talked about shooting select scenes on Inception with 65mm and even VistaVision as a substitute for shooting IMAX.
We shot key sequences on 65mm and we shot VistaVision on certain other sequences. So we’ve got a negative – a set of negative – that’s of the highest possible quality except IMAX. We didn’t feel that we were going to be able to shoot in IMAX because of the size of the cameras because this film given that it deals with a potentially surreal area, the nature of dreams and so forth, I wanted it to be as realistic as possible. Not be bound by the scale of those IMAX cameras, even though I love the format dearly. So we went to the next best thing which was 65mm. So we have the highest quality image of any film that’s being made and that allows us to reformat the film for any distribution form that we’d like to put it in. We’re definitely going to do an IMAX release. We’re excited about doing that and using our original negative 65mm photography to maximize the effect of that release.