With the release of Marvel’s Doctor Strange now a week behind us, fans have been discussing and debating over the newest entry to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, just about everyone who has seen the film has agreed that the films mind-visuals are outstanding and are only enhanced by seeing the movie in the IMAX format. Now, Collider has released a new video that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the process behind bringing the Sorcerer Supreme’s MCU debut to IMAX screens.
The video features Doctor Strange visual effects supervisor Stephane Cerutti, stereoscopic supervisor Evan Jacobs and executiveve producer Victoria Alonso as they discuss the IMAX presentation of the film.
Victoria Alonso commented on how the mystical and parallel dimensions that the Doctor Strange comics are known for offered a unique opportunity for the film.
“It was a chance to do something completely different than we had seen before and yet believe that this was a journey of a superhero. You know, we do a lot of things that are incredibly photo-real, then we had to create them first and them completely tear them apart. So that was a fun part, to tear something apart in way that you can still tell your story, that is visually stunning, that is a little bit dizzying, if you would, and yet people could follow the story, whichever dimension you’re in, and it gives you a ride.”
Evan Jacobs also commented on the benefits of seeing the film in an IMAX theater as opposed to a standard presentation.
“If you go out to any theater you’re going to see conceivably a very nice presentation and a very nice theater with leather seats and all that stuff and that’s great, but what they’ve done at IMAX is that they have taken our movie and actually reprocessed it to actually reduce the noise, increase the sharpness and actually enhance the presentation on a shot-by-shot, artist-driven process.”
While most films presented in the IMAX format alternate between aspect ratios throughout the picture, Victoria Alonso reveals that they wanted to avoid the constant switching between aspect rations and how they decided on a solution.
“We decided that the person that Doctor Strange was up to when he gets to Kathmandu in Nepal is one person and the person that he becomes once he’s there is a different person, it’s different times of his journey. So what we decided to do was up to the arrival to Kathmandu is a 2:40 [[aspect ration] and once we get to Kathmandu we opened it up as if you could see that he was growing and he was learning to be the best of who he could be.”
You can learn more by watching the entire video below!
Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe.
Directed by Scott Derrikson, Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton.
Doctor Strange is now playing in theaters!