In the video, Nolan describes his affection for biggest-of-big-screen filmmaking in no uncertain terms, soliloquizing that the format “has this extraordinary strength and power in terms of how deeply it can take the audience into the story.” Scott Smith, an IMAX technician on the project with credits from Nolan’s Interstellar and Dunkirk, as well as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, estimated that the production of Tenet “used more cameras and shot more film” than any other movie he’s aware of.
Nolan’s appreciation for the technology hasn’t always been gooey — sometimes love is messy, after all. During filming for 2008’s The Dark Knight, a car chase sequence saw the destruction of a $500,000 IMAX camera, one of just four in the world at the time. Then, while making The Dark Knight Rises, a stunt driver accidentally bat-crashed a bat-pod into another IMAX camera. So who knows? Maybe all of Christopher Nolan’s adoration for shooting in 70mm is genuine — or maybe it’s just survivor’s guilt. Check out the behind-the-scenes look and decide for yourself.