Star Wars Episode VII on film

Star Wars Episode VII on film

With all this talk and focus on Bat-Affleck in the last few days there was a Star Wars related news worthy item that managed to sneak out under the radar. It seems that JJ Abrams is taking Star Wars back to 35mm film!

Rumours went so far as to suggest Abrams was trying to exactly replicate the specific look of the original Star Wars trilogy based on the film that those movies were shot on.  Irrespective of that however it was confirmed by Star Wars: Episode VII cinematographer Daniel Mindel (Star Trek: Into Darkness, John Carter, Amazing Spiderman 2, Mission Impossible 3) that he will be filming on the traditional 35mm film rather than shooting digitally.

The Phantom Menace was the last Star Wars film to be shot on film, before Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith moved to digital. Combining this news with previous reports that Episode VII will make greater use of physical sets than the previous two films and it’s starting to sound like the new film is visually shaping up into something that will be far more akin to the original trilogy than the prequel trilogy.

Also worth noting is Abram’s love for lens flares, something that’s reportedly not possible with digital 3D cameras, so expect to see this visual style popping up aplenty in Episode VII.

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.