‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Will Have Shifting Aspect Ratios in IMAX 3D

Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy
Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy
Photo: Disney / Marvel

James Gunn revealed in a Facebook post his upcoming film, Guardians of the Galaxy will include shifting aspect ratios during the IMAX 3D presentation of the film, almost certainly in an effort to improve the look of the 3D, in an attempt to give the audience a more immersive experience.

Just got out of working on the Guardians cut for IMAX 3D and I’m unbelievably excited about it. Guardians of the Galaxy has been planned as a 3D film from its very inception. Yes, if you see the film in 2D, you’ll get a full experience. But the 3D experience promises a little something extra. Unlike many directors, I’ve been actively involved with converting every shot to 3D, making sure it works perfectly for the story and the film, making sure it’s spectacular and immersive without being silly, distracting, or overly showy. 3D conversion was once far inferior to shooting in 3D, but over the past couple years new technology has allowed us incredible control over the 3D effects, making it equal to or in some cases greater than shooting in 3D.

As an EXTRA benefit for those who see the film in IMAX 3D, we will be changing aspect ratios throughout the film in a way that makes the experience even fuller and more encompassing. I’ve personally chosen all the places where the changes occur and, again, I love how it’s coming along. The changing aspect ratios in this case are actually a part of the storytelling.

Just wanted to share some of this stuff with you guys since I haven’t had a chance to talk about the 3D much. Hope you’re all having a great day. Hi!

I have to assume Gunn and cinematographer Ben Davis (Kick-Ass) shot the film in 1.85:1 and the shifting aspect ratio will bring it down to 2.35:1 for the selected IMAX 3D sequences, though IMDb lists the film as being shot for 2.35:1, which I have to assume is a guess considering all Marvel Cinematic Universe films have been 2.35 except for The Avengers. I don’t know, just a guess.

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