Thor is going to be one of the blockbuster movies of the summer. Already getting rave reviews, it looks like director Kenneth Branagh has done a great job. If you’d like to see another Branagh film produced on an even greater scale, then check out the 1996 version of Hamlet.
Why am I mentioning this on a blog about photography?
Here are some stats about the film Hamlet…
Camera Arriflex 765
Film negative format (mm/video inches) 65 mm (horizontal) (Eastman EXR 200T 5293, EXR 500T 5298)
Cinematographic process Panavision Super 70
Film length (metres) 6893 m
As I discussed in a previous blog post about the amazing movie Baraka, Hamlet was filmed on a 65mm negative. The Arriflex 765 is the cinematographic exquivalent of the Pentax 67. Even the marketing blurb is almost identical “The 765 has been specifically designed to combine the ergonomics and functionality of 35 mm cameras with the unparalleled image quality of 65 mm film.”
Enjoy Thor as it will, no doubt, be pushing the boundaries of CGI technology, but 15 years earlier Branagh was pushing the physical limits of film.