JOKER | Sight & Sound | The Cinematography & Sound of Gotham

One of the most important things for us when making Joker was to make a very human story. I think sometimes we think of IMAX as an experience that’s made for huge action movies with these vast landscapes but a movie like Joker which has at the heart of it one of the best performances I’ve ever seen in a movie is awesome in IMAX My mother always tells me to bring laughter and joy to the world. It’s important to know that Joker is not an action movie. The tone of this movie is probably the best word would be unsettling and I think that goes hand-in-hand with the Joker character. It wasn’t a typical comic book movie. He wanted it very realistic. It’s important that we connect to Arthur and understand that he is a very tangible real person so it was really important to make a very tangible and real environment. Literally every single sound in the movie is deliberately thought out. There was light buzz and there’s room tone and there’s just mood everywhere we go and even when there’s quote unquote silence there’s never silence. He trudges his way through sort of a an invisible life. We tried to connect with him through the imagery. Sometimes it was by putting him very small in a huge landscape like when he’s performing with the sign early on in the movie and then only choosing to get close to him at moments when he’s alone. So this movie in a way was sort of made perfectly for IMAX. You’re witnessing this man perform in close-ups and it fills that screen top-to-bottom, side-to-side. The expressions of the actors and the nuance that they’re doing just comes out better in IMAX. You know we spent so much effort and so much time in these immaculate facilities and we make everything perfect for those screens. And our objective would be that that everyone has a chance to see it in that same level of perfection in that same technical quality. I know if somebody’s seeing it in IMAX they’re going to see that and they’re going to see it exactly the way we wanted it to be seen. [Music]

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