Magnificent Desolation IMAX
“Magnificent Desolation” is a 3D IMAX feature produced by Play Tone/Tom Hanks which faithfully re-creates the Apollo moon landings in stereo 4k high resolution. xRez Studio was sub-contracted from prime VFX vendor Sassoon Film Design for a difficult hero shot which depicts flying through Hadley Rile, a deep trench visited by the Apollo 15 astronauts. Utilizing early panoramic overlapped Hasselblad shots from the astronauts, the work consisted of a massive camera projection of 4k scans of original NASA panoramic photographs laid over photogrammetry-derived lunar terrain. xRez contractor Paul Haman provided skilled expertise, and Jonathan Banta of Sassoon did final rendering and comp.