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 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.”
There’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