Why Seeing Interstellar in 70mm Might Just Be Worth the Effort

With thousands of TV shows and movies available to stream at home, it takes more than just celebrities in a film to get people into theaters. You need to show them something spectacular, and for Christopher Nolan's latest film, Interstellar, that meant shooting more than an hour of the movie with a 70mm IMAX camera.


Making movies is still a complex business, but the advent of digital cinema—and tiny cameras like the GoPro now shooting in 4K—have made moviemaking a little easier. But not when you choose to shoot with the massive cameras needed to capture images on 70mm film. As this behind-the-scenes look at making Interstellar from IMAX reveals, you're committing to a few logistical nightmares when you commit to shooting on 70mm.

Of course there's no point seeing a film shot on 70mm on a theater screen designed for tiny 35mm prints. There is so much extra visual data to take in that you'll want it projected on a towering screen that completely fills your vision, and helps completely suck you in to the experience. So IMAX has actually worked with theaters to ensure their even more massive 70mm projectors are still in use for the film's run, and are in perfect working order to handle the 600 pounds of film that go into a single copy of Interstellar.

So do yourself and everyone who worked on this film a favor and make sure you hunt down a 70mm showing of Interstellar (the official Interstellar website actually makes it easy to do so) if you do intend to see it in theaters. Because from what we've seen from reviews so far, it definitely seems like it's worth the extra effort.



Sorry, as much as it [honestly] pains me, I'm not going to drive 5+ hours just to get to a theater with 70mm IMAX projectors, which would probably be a solo mission. None of my friends are as interested in celluloid as I am, so they have no desire to travel that far for that reason. I'll just settle for my 2 hour drive for the 35mm presentation; my friends are okay with that.