July 21, 2017
DP Hoyte Van Hoytema had to invent new lenses to make shooting with the massive cameras work.
Christopher Nolan’s 70mm WWII spectacle Dunkirk has already received more attention and critical praise than almost any other film this year, and it’s only hitting theaters today.
We’ve read and written a lot about what unique spin Nolan might bring to a well-trod topic, and of course about the tech behind the film. It’s one of the first features in history shot almost entirely with a million dollar IMAX camera. (This crazy Business Insider story reveals how the team rescued footage from one that sank unexpectedly during a water-landing scene.)
But why was it so important for Nolan and his DP Hoyte Van Hoytema (Interstellar, Her) to shoot on the rarely used 70mm format? Was it more than just a gimmick? This behind-the-scenes video reveals some of the team’s decision-making process.