Does anyone else find it ironic that advancements in film making technology, particularly the use of digital effects and the move toward digital filming, has been largely detrimental to the Star Wars franchise? Under the tutelage of George Lucas the … Continue reading

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ will be shot on film

starwars-featuretteDoes anyone else find it ironic that advancements in film making technology, particularly the use of digital effects and the move toward digital filming, has been largely detrimental to the Star Wars franchise?

Under the tutelage of George Lucas the Star Wars films went from the use of actual filming locations and innovative effects in the first trilogy to the over dependence on digital filming, as well as digitally rendered backgrounds and characters in the prequels.

So what can we expect in the new Star Wars trilogy? Well, at least for Ep VII, we can expect a movie shot using film.

The site Boba Fett Fan Club, reporting from a “film industry event in Los Angeles”, brings the news that director JJ Abrams, and cinematographer Dan Mindel will be shooting Star Wars: Episode VII on “35mm film. Specifically, Kodak film stock 5219.”

Mindel has worked with Abrams on Mission: Impossible III, as well as Star Trek and it’s sequel Star Trek Into Darkness. Mindel also served as cinematographer on Tony Scott’s Domino, the Farrelly brothers’ Stuck on You and Iain Softely’s The Skeleton Key, among other films.

From Boba Fett Fan Club:

“Frame of reference: this is how Star Trek was shot on film, not digital like the Star Wars prequels. Star Wars: Episode VII will use the same camera team led by cinematographer Dan Mindel ASC BSC in addition to the director we already know is attached, J.J. Abrams.”

 

star-trek-580x386There’s a definite difference between shooting digital versus shooting on film, and I’m happy that Abrams has chosen to use film. It’s not a big surprise given that he has shot all his other movies on film, but there was always the chance he’d go digital. This is definitely a step in the right direction.

Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled to hit theatres sometime in 2015, probably around Christmas.

SOURCE: Boba Fett fan Club

  • HunterOfTROLLZ

    The horror… :-O

    BEN AFFLECK is…. The NEW BATMAN for WB!!!

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo…

  • Jer Welch

    This is awesome news! now the whole look of the film will resonate more with the original trilogy. Episodes 1-3 were hard to watch, the backgrounds always seemed displaced from the actors

  • BQSTUDIOS

    JJ is doing everything right. if disney is smart thell stay out of his way and let him do his thing.

  • jamthemaj

    Hahaha oh, Hunter! I was hoping you wouldn’t be one of these. :D Affleck is a fantastic actor, and he’s gonna be a great Bruce Wayne/Batman. I can’t wait! To you and other naysayers I say this… watch Hollywoodland, State of Play, The Town, The Company Men or Argo. The guy can act. Affleck has come a long, long way since Gigli.

  • jamthemaj

    I love this! I get why some of these guys want to push to digital, but film has a better look to it. I agree with directors, like Nolan and Abrams, that stick to it. I HATED the way Episodes II and III looked… way to phony. I can’t wait for Episode VII. It’s gonna be hellamazing!

  • Denoncents

    It doesn’t matter how good the background is rendered later on, when you’re acting in the moment you’re just imaging what it might be like. Love George but he got carried away with the digital/CGI revolution. Part of the charm of the first three were the actual outdoor locations, the isolation of the farm, Luke’s desperation to get out of there, a “real” speeder moving across that terrain…heck, Yoda lifting that X-Wing, watching the water cascade out the crevices…Well done JJ. Old school/with a dash of new school will serve you well.. just no cgi fruit please :)

  • HunterOfTROLLZ

    I feel, ya, bro. We are still chill. :)
    But…
    I’ve met the guy at a ‘club’, while he was in Vancouver, talked about Mallrats…
    Armageddon, random stuff. Great guy, even back then, but…
    He still comes across, the same, as he does on screen…
    A little blocky ackward. He’s a cool guy, but…
    Not quite right. If he surprised us…
    I’ll eat my words. :)

  • jamthemaj

    That’s cool that you actually had a conversation with the guy. I’ve never met a celebrity. Their loss! HA! :)

    I think he’ll blow people’s expectations out of the water. When Ledger was cast as Joker, I remember a lot of people being upset then, too.

    And hey, if I’m wrong, I’ll eat mine, too!

  • Who Knows…

    I can go either way on digital vs film. I think, however, that it would be wonderful if they used actual miniatures for the ships, etc.

    However, I believe, sadly, that ship has sailed. More CGI ships with their unnatural gleams.

    Wait a minute, I have no plans to see this one, so why am I concerned? :)

  • Sunsun

    Whatever dude, just make a good movie xD

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