We’ve known that Star Wars: Episode VII would shoot on stock film instead of digital for quite some time. But the fact that director J.J. Abrams has shot on IMAX cameras before left the door open for the possibility that the film could be shot, not converted, into IMAX.
Now a new photo from the official Bad Robot Twitter account has posted a photo of an IMAX camera being used to shoot what is presumed to be a scene in Mos Eisley. Hit the jump to check it out.
The news of Episode VII being shot in IMAX doesn’t come as a complete surprise though. The IMAX Corporation did confirm that the film will be released on the massive screen format. But even then, it’s rare to see a film shot on that format. Most of the films you see on IMAX are converted post production, so seeing it on the format using the proper cameras will definitely be a treat.
Now the last time Abrams used IMAX cameras was for Star Trek Into Darkness. Over 50 minutes worth of IMAX footage was shot for the film, which also had shifting aspect ratios. This probably means we will get more of the same for Star Wars: Episode VII.
Episode VII opens in theaters and in IMAX on December 15, 2015.