While any new announcement would have been nice, Disney Chief Alan Horn couldn’t deliver any news during the D23 Expo a few weeks back. So while this latest update isn’t as juicy of news as a title or casting, it might be of some interest to those who love the technical aspect of movies or still believe in using film stock.
It’s being reported that J.J. Abrams will be using 35 mm film to shoot Star Wars: Episode VII. That’s on Kodak film stock 5219, for all the tech geeks out there. The site adds that he has even brought in Dan Mindel, who confirmed the news at a press conference, to be his cinematographer.
Mindel has worked with Abrams before. The two have collaborated on projects such as the rebooted Star Trek films and Mission: Impossible III. He has also worked with Tony Scott on Enemy of the State, Spy Game and Domino, as well as Andrew Stanton’s John Carter.
This marks a return to using film for the franchise, the last two Star Wars films had used digital, with Episode I: The Phantom Menace being one of the first films to use a digitally added effect on 35 mm.
The announcement comes after producer Kathleen Kennedy had stated that she would like Star Wars: Episode VII to be more grounded and use more practical effects. No word yet on whether or not the film will be converted to fit IMAX screens, but a 3D conversion seems very likely.
We also wait word on release date. Seeing that The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in May of 2015, a release date near that month seems unlikely. But there have been rumors that Star Wars: Episode VII could open in theaters in December 2015.
So what do you think? Do you like Abrams decision of shooting Star Wars: Episode VII using Kodak film stock 5219?