Christopher Nolan has been speaking with the Director’s Guild of America about his technical approach to The Dark Knight Rises.
While most media outlets have been talking plot points and villainous characters in recent weeks, Nolan spoke about his love for IMAX and distaste for 3D.
“[T]he operatic quality of The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises felt very well suited to IMAX’s larger canvas,” Nolan said. “So it’s different depending on what film you want to do… We didn’t shoot IMAX for Inception because we were trying to portray the reality of dreams rather than their extraordinary nature, so we used a handheld camera and shot it in a more spontaneous way.”
Going further on the use of a 65mm camera, he continued: “For ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ we were on Wall Street with a thousand extras and you can see everybody’s face in the frame.
“In some ways, I feel it takes me back almost to the silent film era, when they had those huge cameras. Trying to do things in more of a tableau fashion, it changes the way I direct a film, it changes the way I block the camera movement because of the size of the thing.
“The resulting image has so much power that you don’t need to cut in the same way, you can frame the shot slightly differently, you wind up with a slightly different feel.”
As for 3D, he added: “It’s well suited to video games and other immersive technologies, but if you’re looking for an audience experience, stereoscopic is hard to embrace.”
The Dark Knight Rises is released on July 20 and stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Morgan Freeman.