Director filmed 30 minutes of the new sequel using high-resolution cameras.
J.J. Abrams has a love/hate relationship with IMAX.
The director's Star Trek Into Darkness sequel releases early on Wednesday night with special IMAX screenings all over the country, and Abrams filmed 30 minutes of footage in it utilizing the high-resolution cameras to enhance the scope and immerse the audience in some of the movie's most action-packed scenes.
In that sense, Abrams was cool with IMAX cameras. In others, not so much.
"They're incredibly loud, amazingly heavy and really unreliable in terms of performance. They're constantly needing to be maintained. It's nearly crippling to do Steadicam. The list goes on," he says.
But, every possible problem with them is "1000% mitigated" by the fact that the result on screen is always visually spectactular and unlike anything he could get with a conventional setup.
"It's my favorite headache," Abrams says with a laugh.
"We have a few action sequences that are especially epic given that we shot so much of it in IMAX, and with the new techniques they've been using in 3-D, it's going to be one hell of a roller-coaster ride."
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