|The Importance of Panavision|
By Adriaan Bijl
In the fall of 1953, Panavision started, as a company which supplied theaters with anamorphic projection attachments. By the time this market was saturated, the company had established itself in the field of motion picture equipment by developing and marketing other products like printer and photography lenses, and cameras.
|"Tak" Miyagishima, Panavision Passed Away|
By Bill Hogan
For more than half a century starting in 1954 Tak was one of the most esteemed design engineers in the motion picture industry.
• Go to P T Anderson's "The Master" in System 65
|"Norway" Cast & Credits|
By Gerber & Hauerslev
The clarity and grandeur of the large-scale images in "Norway-The Film" are due to the fact that the film was shot in 70mm, with the same Panavision camera used for "Lawrence of Arabia."
|"Symbiosis" Cast & Credits|
By Gerber & Hauerslev
Gerber’s 17-minute-plus film, “Symbiosis”, is a classic affirmation that effective film can be made by someone with equal devotion to science and art. It explores the mutually dependent relationship between man and nature
|"The Master" in 70mm Release|
Following some pre-70mm shows, "The Master" is now opening in 70mm across USA. Follow this page for the facts about "The Master" in the coming months.
• Go to "The Master" Cast & Credits | New York | Los Angeles | Venice
|Fricke & Magidson and The Making of "Samsara"|
We used a 70mm camera system that’s been around for 50 years and is still the highest quality way of capturing imagery. There’s a big price to pay getting film stock in and out of places and moving that equipment around, it’s harder now than ever.
|"Samsara" world premiere September 2011|
By Thomas Hauerslev
No 70mm prints have been planned - yet. The premiere in Canada will be a state-of-the-art high-end 4K digital presentation, with full uncompressed 6-track digital sound.
|"Samsara" - in Panavision System 65|
By Mark Magidson and Ron Fricke
Ron Fricke will photograph in 65mm using both standard frame rates and a motion control time-lapse camera designed specifically for this project.
|Release of "Hamlet" in 70mm|
"Hamlet" is the first British film in 25 years to be filmed in 65mm. The man charged with capturing the look of the film was cinematographer Alex Thomson. "The fabulous advantage of 70mm is the sharpness of detail it gives, which can look three-dimensional at times"
|How "Far and Away" became 65mm|
By Mikael Salomon
"Far and Away" began as a small film which Ron and I talked about making, while shooting "Backdraft"
|"A Year Along the Abandoned Road" - One Year in 12 Minutes and 70mm|
By Morten Skallerud
The story of the making of "A Year Along the Abandoned Road" contains a lot of technical innovation. It also contains a different film language, and five Norwegians who fought sub-Arctic nature in order to turn a "crazy" idea into a 12-minute, 70mm film.
|Yes, "TRON" was filmed in 65mm|
By Rob Hummel
"Tron" was shot 65mm 2,2:1 aspect ratio for all scenes. 65mm color for all the "real world material," and 65mm Black and White for all the material that was later composited into the "electronic world".
|25th "Brainstorm" Anniversary|
By Mike Coate
Twenty-five years ago, “Brainstorm”, was released to movie theatres. Though the film was not a box-office success, it is remembered for its effective large-frame cinematography and sound design.
|"Brainstorm" in 65mm|
By Douglas Trumbull
"Brainstorm" was originally developed to be the first film in SHOWSCAN. There would have been 70mm 60fps prints, with the 35mm stuff skip printed to 60 from 24.
|1968: A Roadshow Odyssey|
by Mike Coate
The Original Reserved Seat Engagements
|Restoration of "Lawrence of Arabia"|
By Columbia Pictures
In '86, Bob Harris, contacted Columbia with a proposal to restore the original premiere version of "Lawrence of Arabia"
|Original 6-track Mix Recovered and Restored for West Side Story|
By Chace Audio By Deluxe
the film helped to establish 6-track stereo sound for the 70mm format, yet the original ground breaking 6-track soundtrack has not been heard in the past 30 years.
|"Snow White" in System 65|
“The 65mm stock is absolutely incredible and it has no rival now,” exclaims the cinematographer. “It is simply the best format we had to work with.
|"Inception" in 65mm|
By Steve Weintraub
We went to the next best thing which was 65mm. So we have the highest quality image of any film that’s being made.
|"EMVF in 65mm: Movies for Your Ears"|
By James Tavella
The idea of telling a story through scene action and content motivated by grand symphonic sound design with limited dialog.
|“Possessed in 70mm”|
By Rayton & Eisberg
A comedy about a psychiatrist and his patients who express feelings of being possessed.
|"2001" and Trumbull in London|
By Mark Lyndon
Trumbull showed us a tantalisingly brief excerpt of his new "2001" documentary and revealed that Warner was preparing a final cut of "2001"
|This was a thrill|
By Sebastian Rosacker
When I started to think about what to show this year I finally decided that "West Side Story" was the one. I had no idea then that it would be so popular.
|"2001" A Concert Article|
By Jim Barg
From the beginning notes of Ligeti's Atmospheres to the closing performance of the Blue Danube, their performance made familiar notes come alive and the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
|• "Ryan's Daughter" reprinted in 70mm|
• "The New World" in 65mm - no 70mm prints
• “Contact” in 65mm
• Movie Enhanced with Internet-based Fragrance System
• Go to Restoration | Cast & credit | Some Notes
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|The Big Fisherman||04.08.1959||Rivoli, NYC, USA|| |
|Exodus||15.12.1960||Warner, NYC, USA|| |
|West Side Story||18.10.1961||Rivoli, NYC, USA|| |
|Lawrence of Arabia||09.12.1962||Odeon Leicester Square, London||Restored version premiere 04.02.1989, Ziegfeld, New York, USA|
|My Fair Lady||21.10.1964||Criterion, NYC, USA||Restored version, premiere 21.09.1994, Ziegfeld, NYC, USA |
|Cheyenne Autumn||19.11.1964||Warner, London||“World Press Preview” 03.10.1964 - Lincoln, Cheyenne, USA|
|Lord Jim||15.02.1965||Odeon Leicester Square, London|| |
|Grand Prix||21.12.1966||Warner, NYC, USA||New 70mm print screened 23.05.2006 for Academy staff.|
|2001: A Space Odyssey||02.04.1968||Uptown, DC, USA|| |
|Ice Station Zebra||23.10.1968||Cinerama Dome, LA, USA|| |
|Chitty Chitty Bang Bang||18.12.1968||State 2, NYC, USA|| |
|McKenna's Gold||20.03.1969||City-Filmtheater, Hamburg, Germany||World premiere|
|Song of Norway||04.11.1970||Cinerama, NYC, USA|| |
|Ryan's Daughter||09.11.1970||Ziegfeld, NYC; USA ||Empire, London on 09.12.1970|
|Tron (P)||08.07.1982||State 2, NYC, USA||Live action filmed in 65mm. Computer graphics photographed in VistaVision.|
"The Making of Tron"
The Original 70mm Engagements
|Brainstorm (P)||30.09.1983||Ziegfeld, NYC, USA||25th Anniversary of "Brainstorm"'s 1983 Release|
|"Far and Away"||22.05.1992||Ziegfeld, NYC, USA||Panavision System 65|
The Arriflex 65mm camera ARRI 765 was used for short segments
|"Hamlet"||25.12.1996||Ziegfeld, NYC, USA||Panavision System 65. Technicolor, London manufactured 31 x 4-hour 70mm prints. 5 of which were made from the original 65mm camera negative (Technicolor, February 28, 1997).|
The Arriflex 65mm camera ARRI 765 was used for short segments.
|Samsara||19.08.2012 World premiere commercial run|
11.09.2011 = Festival world premiere *)
|Schauburg Cinerama, Karlsruhe, Germany|
*) Toronto International Film Festival
|Ron Fricke's follow up to "Baraka". Filmed over 4 years. Filming ended May 2011. Released in 2K and 4K exclusively|
US Premiere - limited release
|New York and Los Angeles||"The Master" was shot with a Panaflex System 65 Studio Camera. It was framed for 1.85:1. 80% of the finished film is in 65mm. The remaining 20% is shot in standard 35mm. The reason for using both film formats was a creative choice. The 65mm film stock used was Kodak 5201 (50ASA)|
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The Super Panavision 70 / Panavision System 65 short films
|AUTO-E-Motion||1984|| ||German film for BMW museum|
|Symbiosis||1982||EPCOT Centre, Florida, USA||Directed by Paul Gerber for Disney|
30 frames per second and 12 track stereo.
|"New Magic"||1985|| ||Showscan feature filmed with Super Panavision 70 rack over 65mm camera.|
|Norway||1989|| ||Directed by Paul Gerber for Disney|
|Warriors of the Wasteland||1989|| || |
|A Year Along the Abandoned Road||11.06.1991||Grimstad, Norway.|
|Dead Sea||18.11.1992||Sherman Oaks, CA, USA|| |
|New Ride Film||2002|
|EMVF in 65mm: Movies for your ears||2003||Never released in 70mm|
|Afterlife||2013|| ||Never released in 70mm|
Tell us about shooting -- where was it shot? How big was the crew? What made this video special?
We shot on 65mm, using this rare camera of which there are only three left in the world. I shouldn't be saying this, but I was carrying it through a rock quarry and dragging it through sand while thinking "this camera literally shot The Dark Knight, this camera shot 2001: A Space Odyssey." It’s from the 70s and looks like a NASA device. It shoots the highest resolution. If you want to shoot a big action sequence you use a 65mm. It helped me get that epicness I thought the song required.
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The Super Panavision 70 / Panavision System 65 camera used for short segments
|The Witness||1999||CT, USA, USA||Major parts filmed in ARRI 765|
|Testaments||2000||Salt Lake City, USA||Major parts filmed in ARRI 765|
|The New World ||2005||The Panavision System 65 camera was used hyper realistic scenes|
|The Prestige||2007|| || |
|Shutter Island||2010|| ||Short sequences filmed in Panavision PFX System 65 Studio & ARRI 765|
From American Cinematographer:
In prep, the filmmakers tested various methods of further enhancing the hyper-real look of Teddy’s visions; 65mm, anamorphic 35mm and high-definition video were all considered as mates for the project’s main format, Super 35mm. “The goal was to capture as much detail as possible for the DI suite,” says Richardson. “There weren’t as many differences among the filmouts as you might expect — the DI was the great equalizer — but 65mm had a definitive edge. We could wrestle with it in the digital world without the normal side effects encountered with a smaller negative. After he saw the tests, Marty agreed to shoot Teddy’s dream states on 65mm.” Unfortunately, after filming one day with a Panavision PFX System 65 Studio and an Arri 765, both cameras broke down on a frigid night. “Only a few of those shots remain,” says Richardson. (Ed. Note: These can be seen in a dream sequence that shows Teddy in Dachau in civilian clothes.)
|"Inception"||2010|| ||"Inception" in 65mm|
|"The Tree of Life"||16.05.2011||Festival de Cannes, France|| |
|"Snow White and the Huntsman"||30.05.2012|| || |
|"To the Wonder"|
|02.09.2012||Venice Film Festival||From American Cinematographer, April 2013|
What format was the movie shot on?
Lubezki: It’s a combination of 35mm, which was used for the scenes between Ben and Olga in Oklahoma, and 65mm for several shots of Ben and Rachel McAdams. That relationship is perceived by Ben’s character as less romantic and more stable and realistic, and we felt that the 65mm expressed that stability and a kind of hyper-reality.
Aside from a scene with some buffalo that we shot in 65mm because we couldn’t get too close to the animals, we didn’t use cumbersome equipment. For the buffalo sequence, we used a crane because we wanted the 65mm material to feel a little more steady and different from the rest of the movie, but other than that we used a combination of Steadicam and handheld. And when I say handheld I don’t necessarily mean a moving camera — sometimes we use sandbags and just prop the camera on the floor or another part of our location.