With Marvel Studios's Ant-Man filming quickly approaching later this month, all of the final details and preparations are coming together... and some of the details may just catch you off guard!
Some of the biggest movie franchises in history have spawned from huge advancements in technology for the sake of the film, such as Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and James Cameron's Avatar, all of which revolutionized CGI and film quality with it's production. However, Ant-Man's cinematographer Bill Pope seems to think movie franchises can be accomplished by doing just the opposite by taking film the old-fashioned way.
Pope confirmed that Ant-Man will not be shot digitally, but with classic 35mm film which in recent years has become a dying art.
Ant-Man will be shot on film with the Panavision cameras. We've shot all of [Edgar Wright's] movies on film. He likes it. I like it. I feel more transported. Interestingly, because it's not as crisp and all-seeing as digital, I'm actually transported by the graphicness of it into the imagery, emotionally. It's hard for me to explain why I like film, but that's the best I can come up with.
Captain America: The First Avenger has been endlessly praised for its interpretation of the United State's World War II era and it's ability to make the audience feel they've been taken back into an accurate depiction of that time period. When it was announced earlier this year that two 'Ant-Men' would be in the movie, fans speculated an origin story of the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym, in earlier days during his prime years before skipping to the present with Paul Rudd's Ant-Man Scott Lang.
Could this more classic style of filming be used to depict style of film from an older time? Granted, 35mm films are still filmed today with great success, but movie-goers can tell decrease in quality more easily than an increase. It sounds a bit risky, but we're forgetting that Marvel Studios is at the helm of this project, and they've definitely had bigger gambles that have paid off! And paid off very well!
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Like every other Marvel Studios contract holder, Pope confirms that he's contractually bound to reveal absolutely nothing about the film:
I think that my non-disclosure agreement with Marvel is pretty darn concrete. There's something in there about being put in a stockade, and being drawn and quartered.
[Ant-Man](movie:9048) is set to hit theaters next summer on July 17th, 2015.