Confirmed! The Last Jedi, Han Solo and Star Wars: Episode IX Will be Using IMAX Cameras!

It’s something that we all expected, but now “IMAX” has officially announced that key scenes from Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi were shot using IMAX cameras. Read on for the official press release.


Actually, as we first reported back in May 2016 (HERE), during The Last Jedi filming in Ireland several of our readers met Rian Johnson in a pub and asked him directly about IMAX. The director was super friendly and asnwered several questions, also confirming that they are using IMAX cameras for some of the sequences. In a later report we even told you that one of the IMAX cameras on set was broken. Make sure to check that extraordinary story here.






What were your favorite movies from last year? Did mega blockbusters like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange or The Jungle Book top your list? Of course they did.

Fans that loved J.J. Abrams’ iconic use of IMAX cameras in Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be pleased to find that Rian Johnson has captured key sequences of Star Wars: The Last Jedi using IMAX’s extremely high-resolution cameras, delivering IMAX audiences greater scope and increased image quality in IMAX’s exclusive aspect ratio for a uniquely immersive experience.


Together with The Last Jedi, IMAX also announced that The untitled Indiana Jones film, The untitled Han Solo Star Wars anthology film and Star Wars: Episode IX will also use the IMAX technology.


For the full press release please go to



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19 thoughts on “Confirmed! The Last Jedi, Han Solo and Star Wars: Episode IX Will be Using IMAX Cameras!

  • February 22, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    I get that Imax is super fancy and I’m glad they use it, but I honestly can never tell what is filmed in it XD

    • February 23, 2017 at 3:01 am

      Are you watching in an IMAX theater? lol

      • February 24, 2017 at 3:02 am

        Probably LieMAX

        • February 24, 2017 at 5:22 am

          possibly. Even so, the aspect ratio does change. The esquire in Sacramento is a legit IMAX…. also one of the few 70mm film theaters too. Saw Interstellar the first time there.

  • February 22, 2017 at 7:57 pm


  • February 22, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    How do you visually recognize if you’re watching a 3d or imax 3d?

  • February 22, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    as long as its not filmed in a high frame rate, sounds great to me! More IMAX! Less 3D!

    • February 23, 2017 at 11:33 pm

      Re: “as long as its not filmed in a high frame rate,”

      I wish it WAS filmed in high frame rate. More detail/less blurring = better. Also can force the creators to make better looking/more detailed sets as it’s less easy to *hide* flaws.

      Asking for lower frame rates is similar to asking for lower resolution to hide defects.

      • February 24, 2017 at 3:01 am

        No. Natural motion blur is good to have, and high frame rate just generally makes even good sets/costumes look like shit.

        • February 24, 2017 at 3:19 am

          No. You still HAVE motion blur. It just doesn’t ruin resolution.

          Re: “high frame rate just generally makes even good sets/costumes look like shit.”

          Yeah…that’s why all movies should be released on VHS, to avoid making sets/costumes look like shit?
          Let’s phrase that properly –
          “To avoid exposing flaws & allowing inferior set & costume designs, the quality should be degraded”.
          High frame rate doesn’t make *anything* look bad – it exposes the flaws.

          Of course the same arguments can be made against 1080p or 4K resolution.
          Example – the release of Star Trek series on bluray had them faced with the horrible graphics they were able to get away with in non-HD days.

          My solution – fix the flaws + increase the quality.

          And… IF we’d settled early on on higher framerates we wouldn’t even be having these discussions today “the soap opera effect”.
          Time to move forward & increase the quality.

          Lastly – you can always apply filters, lower resolution/add-blur/whatever when editing, if your sets/costumes are up to snuff.

          • February 24, 2017 at 3:24 am

            “Yeah…that’s why all movies should be released on VHS, to avoid making sets/costumes look like shit? ”

            Nice Strawman.

          • February 24, 2017 at 3:37 am

            Re: Strawman
            No, an apt analogy. There’s a big difference.

            In BOTH cases ( degrading frame rate OR resolution ) – you’re suggestion is “hide the flaws” by lowering the quality.

          • February 24, 2017 at 3:49 am

            The frame rate is not the same as the degradation of quality through an inferior transfer and release. No bad blood, but I think you need to learn the difference between analogy and false equivalence. to each his own, I guess.

          • February 24, 2017 at 3:54 am

            I think you miss my point. I didn’t say it was lowering quality the same way. I was pointing out that by lowering the quality (multiple ways) you can hide the defects.
            It’s an analogy meant to demonstrate – “lower quality hides defects”.

            You wrote:
            “makes even good sets/costumes look like shit.”

            Obviously framerate doesn’t somehow *change* the sets/costumes into some inferior form & instead the lower quality (less detail) of the lower framerate *hides* the inferior set/costume.

          • February 24, 2017 at 5:49 am

            Of course. I just fear that higher frame rates could ruin the “illusion”, if you know what I mean. Big-budget studios would certainly be able to shell out the cash to make sure that their sets and costumes still look good in these conditions, but how much money would this generally be?

          • February 24, 2017 at 6:42 am

            I hear you. Of course it’s a disadvantage for smaller studios/lower-dollar production.
            I suppose have decent standardized *tools* available for editing could help. Sort of masking imperfections & such.

            Personally, I just wish we’d been using higher frame-rates from the get-go & then we’d not have some of the prejudice against HFR that comes from the “we’re used to it” affect… the “soap opera look” you hear people express when comparing HFR to standard. In other words, it’s even noticeable going from 24 to 30fps (aka “soap opera” / TV framerate)…so that double of frames is really jarring.
            Any’who… just wish it wasn’t an issue & not certain how/when we’ll get over this hurdle.

  • February 25, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Rogue One is my favorite IMAX Star Wars experience, I really hope they aim for that rather than the underwhelming PT and TFA ones.

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