‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Will Be Shot on Film Instead of Digital

By Will Ashton


Here’s a big win for those who prefer film in the film vs. digital debate: despite the fact that the last two Star Wars movies were big trendsetters in digital filmmaking, it has just been reported that Star Wars: Episode VII is going to be shot on film.

Cinematographer Dan Mindel, who shot director J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Trek and Mission: Impossible III, will be shooting the newest Star Wars movie. In releasing this, it was also revealed that he will be shooting the movie on Kodak 5219 film, not digital cameras.

Mindel recently shot The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which also made the decision to shoot on film instead of digital, even though the first Amazing Spider-Man movie was shot digitally. So this news isn’t completely shocking, but it’s a bit relieving for those who prefer the look of film.

Another take away from this news is that the film will be post-converted 3-D, if it is going to be 3-D (which, very likely, is going to happen). But Star Trek Into Darkness was also post converted into 3-D earlier this summer.

This news comes from bobafettfan club via TheFilmStage. Mindel confirmed the news at the American Society of Cinematographers event today in Los Angeles. The last Star Wars movie to be shot on film was Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.


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