Forget about 3-D; IMAX is the way to go if you want to give movie audiences a truly unique visual experience. Well that’s what Christopher Nolan thinks anyway because The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the director shot over an hour of movie footage for The Dark Knight Rises using specially designed IMAX cameras.

"I remember looking at the audience every time a helicopter banked, and everyone was leaning slightly to the side," Nolan told the publication when talking about his experiences watching IMAX films. "I had never seen an audience so immersed in a film."

That hour of IMAX footage for The Dark Knight Rises is the most ever for a Hollywood feature film, and although the cameras are still too big, heavy, and loud to shoot an entire movie in that format, Nolan and his crew have made great strides so far.

"There was a huge irony that we were told it would be too difficult to shoot a Hollywood movie on IMAX when we had this gigantic camera department, grips, electric, hundreds of people working for us," Nolan told the Journal. "These were cameras that had been to the top of Mount Everest, to the bottom of the ocean and into outer space, but people thought we couldn't make a feature film. It was absurd."

The tickets might cost a bit more than your average screening, but if you really want a truly authentic Dark Knight Rises experience, you might want to consider giving IMAX a shot. This might be one of the only times in the foreseeable future that a feature movie of this quality will be specifically shot in this format.

[via The Wall Street Journal]