70 mm films are a true rarity these days, and finding theaters that properly project in the format is even rarer. With many directors feeling at ease using digital, filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams, and Quentin Tarantino are fighting to save film.
Now, according to a new report, after shooting The Hateful Eight in the 70 mm, Tarantino is having 50 theaters retrofitted with 70 mm projectors to show his upcoming film in the best format possible. For more info, check out the story below.
THR was at the Cine Gear Expo, where they were able talk to Panavision’s VP of optical engineering Dan Sasaki. On Tarantino’s ambition to show the film in 70mm, Sasaki said:
“He really wants to get people back into theaters. You’re not going to get this [at home]. He did something really great to bring that [experience] back. Quentin wanted an epic Western, something that hasn’t been seen in forever, that would really wow people. [When he saw this test,] he started bouncing in his seat.”
Cinematographer Bill Bennett, who was at the event, talked about what he saw at the presentation through a series of tweets:
Saw Ultra Panavision 70, Tarentino's "The Hateful 8", projected in Anamorphic 70mm. Crazy beautiful. An entirely chemical analog process.
As exciting as this all sounds, we don’t know which of the 50 theaters will be getting these 70mm cameras or if it will be confined just to a domestic release.
Tarantino’s fondness of film extends all the way to The New Beverly, his theater where no digital films are allowed. For those who don’t have or will not have a theater that will be able to show the film in 70mm, there’s work also being done to figure out the best way to create a digital version.
The Hateful Eight was lensed on 65mm, and it is being reported that the film is the “first production since 1966’s Khartoum to use Ultra Panavision 70 anamorphic lenses.”
The report also mentions that 19 of these classic Panavision lenses are being reworked, and that these lenses are expected to next be used for Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One by cinematographer Greig Fraser.
The Hateful Eight is scheduled for a fall 2015 release.
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