Christopher Nolan's $1,500,000 debt to IMAX, and counting!

Christopher Nolan with imax camera
(Image credit: IMAX)

If you are crazy about film and cinematography, then you would (or should) have heard of Christopher Nolan, who brought us Hollywood blockbusters like The Dark Knight (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), and Dunkirk (2017). All are outstanding productions in their own right, but did you know a lot of the scenes – and a whopping 75% of Dunkirk – were shot on 70mm film using Imax cameras?

Now, Imax and 70mm are naturally expensive, just look at the prices that some of the best 35mm film on the market reaches, and you can just imagine how much 70mm from Kodak costs. (Imax 70mm film is shot 1.43:1 with perforations at the top and bottom, not the sides as on traditional film cameras – each frame has about 9x  the area of a 35mm image.)

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Sebastian Oakley
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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specializing in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound, and many more for various advertising campaigns, books, and pre/post-event highlights.


He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science, and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is a member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected into BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 


He is familiar with and shows great interest in street, medium, and large format photography with products by Leica, Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa, and Sinar. Sebastian has also used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI, and everything in between. He now spends his spare time using his trusted Leica M-E or Leica M2 shooting Street photography or general life as he sees it, usually in Black and White.