Hey folks, Harry here... and the SUPERMAN RETURNS bits just continue to flow. Here's some details about SUPERMAN RETURNS - IMAX 3D!!! Glasses on, glasses off! I can't wait!
Hey harry, moriarty, how's it going? Read the site everday, blah blah
blah... anyways, I've known details about the Imax 3d presentation of
superman returns for a while and I haven't written in because... i
thought this news was apparent. But, since i really havent seen much
of it up on the site, I'd give you the run down on Superman Returns in
I happen to be an imax insider (read: projectionist) and although its been semi announced that 20 minutes of Superman Returns would be in 3D, for the longest time it was said that Episode III was going to be in imax so these things change and I only recently saw a Bryan Singer interview where he confirmed it. Originally I thought the plan was to have the last big fight/action scene be in 3D, something that i was told the Imax engineers in vancouver had perfected "9 times out of 10" which is... a great success rate if we're talking about oral hygiene.
Well, it turns out that the 3D bits will be spread out within the film, Singer said in the interview i mentioned earlier that the visual cue will coincide with Clark taking off his glasses and going into Superman mode. Sounds cool. Anyways, enough of me talking, here's the official little question/answer sheet that has been posted in my employee room for few days:
I. Key Messages and Q&A Reference Sheet for Box Office / Hosting Staff Get ready to experience the next step in the evolution of the world's most immersive movie-going experience - the introduction of live-action Hollywood film content in IMAX 3D in Superman Returns: An IMAX 3D Experience. This document will help you communicate infromation about the IMAX 3D version of Superman Returns to your customers so that their expectations are exceeded.
Fast Facts and Key Messages
-With Superman Returns: An IMAX 3D experience audiences will experience live-action Hollywood film content in IMAX 3D for the first time!
-Four special scenes have been selected by Bryan Singer the film's director to be shown in IMAX 3D
-Audience members will need to wear their 3D glasses for the four 3D scenes and for the movie preview trailers. (the glasses should be removed for the other portions of the movie.)
-There will be on-screen cues to direct the audience as to when they should put on and take off the glasses. The cues are:
-Green flashing glasses symbol - place glasses on
-Red flashing glasses symbol - take glasses off
Questions and Answers
Q: How much of Superman Returns: An IMAX 3D experience is shown in IMAX 3D?
A: 4 segments lasting approximately 20 minutes in total.
Q: How were the IMAX 3D scenes created?
A: These scenes were created from digitally enhanced 2D film images using patented IMAX technology. This process enables the conversion of almost any 2D film into IMAX 3D. The film's director, Bryan SInger, chose the scenes for you to see in 3D.
Q: Why were the glasses symbol chosen as the on-screen cue and not something else?
A: The Film's director selected this icon to allow for the least obtrusive cue possible and to maintain the integrity of the film.
Q: Why wasn't the whole film in 3D?
A: There wasn't enough time to convert the whole film given its production schedule. IMAX is working to improve the timing so it will be possible to fully convert entire films in the future.
Q: Which Hollywood films will be released in IMAX 3D next?
A: The next films to be released in IMAX theaters will all be full-length IMAX 3D animated features: The Ant Bully: An IMAX 3D Experience debuts on Aug 4th, Open Season: An IMAX 3D Experience debuts on Sept. 29th and Happy Feet: An IMAX 3D Experience debuts on Nov. 17th (or insert appropriate release dates for your theater.)
So that's it, the document is dated May 24th, 2006 if you're interested. And as far as i know, even though Ant Bully and Happy Feet were stated to be in Imax 3d for sometime, this is the first announcement i've seen about Open Season. So, my dreams of seeing Ashton Kutcher on the Imax screen will have to subside, but I'll still get to hear his glorious voice.
If you use any of this call me 'Projectionist X.'