J.J. Abrams Filming 'Star Wars: Episode VII' on 35mm with Dan Mindel
Though there may not have been any big Star Wars news to come out of Disney's D23 Expo earlier this month, there's some small good news for cinephiles and film nerds out there. TheForce.net (via The Playlist) has word that an announcement was made at an industry event in Los Angeles that director J.J. Abrams will be shooting Star Wars: Episode VII on 35mm film, specifically, Kodak film stock 5219 for the literal film nerds out there. In addition, it was revealed that Dan Mindel, who worked with Abrams on Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness and Mission: Impossible III, will be the director of photography. Read on!
That's a big change from George Lucas shooting all three of the prequels digitally with David Tattersall as cinematographer. Honestly, I think this will be a nice aesthetic change for Star Wars that will harken back to the roots of the original films. There was something very artificial about the prequels, and part of that came from the look of shooting digitally, not to mention the heavy amount of computer generated visual effects over practical effects. For a Disney frame of reference, Mindel also shot John Carter. This makes sense since Abrams recently told the Produced By conference, "I have not yet shot a movie digitally. Film is the thing I am most comfortable with. If film were to go away — and digital is challenging it — then the standard for the highest, best quality would go away." Stay tuned for anymore updates on Star Wars.