Star Wars Episode VII Will Be Shot On Film

Star Wars Episode VII Will Be Shot On Film

We don’t talk a lot about Hollywood films because their production tend to be relatively straightforward. They’re either $100+ million behemoths filmed in 3D or $100+ million behemoths post-converted to 3D. That said, this news is very much the exception.

I’ll get right into it: Star Wars Episode VII, easily one of the most anticipated movies in human history, will be shot on film. That’s right: celluloid, the kind that was pronounced dead about two years ago when the last film camera rolled off the production line. Slashfilm reports that the science fiction/fantasy film will be filmed on Kodak film stock 5219 film. That’s great news for the company set to exit from bankruptcy in two weeks.

George Lucas proudly trumpeted the arrival of digital cinema when filming Episode II and Episode III on the format early on in the last decade. The first installment of the prequel trilogy was the last Star Wars installment to be shot on film. It’s not clear who made the decision to return to the format yet, but it’s definitely a good sign for fans of the original trilogy released three decades ago.

This doesn’t mean film cameras will suddenly be in-demand or back in production again. Even a movie as large as Star Wars can’t undo evolution, but it’s still an interesting choice to shoot on the format for a film set to release in 2015. The impact of this decision is still largely undecided.

Star Wars Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams and shot by Cinematographer, Dan Mindel, ASC, BSC. I’d like to note that Mindel just finished shooting The Amazing Spider-Man 2. That film’s predecessor – not filmed by Mindel – was shot with a RED Epic. The sequel was not. I didn’t notice that until now. Odd since the team was proud about the Epic’s results for the first film. Interesting side note.

Any way, Star Wars Episode VII is rumored to hit theaters in 2015. What do you think about the team’s choice to shoot the futuristic movie on film?