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Star Wars: Episode VII To Shoot On 35mm
With cinematographer Dan Mindel behind the camera

23 August 2013  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: Boba Fett Fan Club

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Jostling with Batman for our attention this morning is some very big news from the Star Wars-verse. J. J. Abrams' cinematographer of choice, Dan Mindel, has signed up to shoot Star Wars Episode VII. And Mindel confirmed at an ASC breakfast in Los Angeles that it will be filmed entirely in anamorphic 35mm.

This marks a big step away from the high-def veneer of George Lucas's last two digitally-shot prequels, and a thrilling return to the scruffier, earthier look of the originals. Abrams is clearly looking to recapture the look and feel of A New Hope, a vinyl aesthetic in an MP3 age. It's a prospect that should have Star Wars fans nerding out.

There was a clue or two earlier this year when Abrams told the Producers Guild conference that, "If film were to go away then the standard for the highest, best quality would go away. I have not yet shot a movie digitally. Film is the thing I am most comfortable with.”

In his passion for celluloid Abrams has a long-established accomplice in Mindel. The pair have worked together on Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. Mindel also shot Enemy Of The State for Tony Scott, Savages for Oliver Stone and John Carter for Andrew Stanton.

For more on Abrams' philosophy head over to this fascinating piece on Digital Content Producer.com, in which he discusses his rationale for sticking with celluloid on his Star Trek reboot. “I wanted this movie to feel real,” Abrams explained. “I’m not saying you can’t be real with digital. But with film, for me, there was such a familiarity and comfort to it, a real warmth. We wanted to avoid coldness and any unnatural sense of perfection."


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Er….bit pointless this...
…given his habit of adding digital lens flares all over the place…and there's no way that the FX will all be in camera…so that's another reason that this announcement is bogus…most of the film will still be digital…maybe he should concentrate on getting a good script first…. More

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Er….bit pointless this...
…given his habit of adding digital lens flares all over the place…and there's no way that the FX will all be in camera…so that's another reason that this announcement is bogus…most of the film will still be digital…maybe he should concentrate on getting a good script first…. More

Posted by Kai the Film Geek at 15:47 on 05 March 2014 | Report This Post

This news suggests that the bulk of the FX work will be in-camera, as shooting digitally's the way to go if one's going the CGI route. Cool! Is Lucas himself cooling towards CGI, I wonder? With over $2bn worth of Disney stock to his name, he could've scuppered the 35mm route if he'd wanted to... More

Posted by Litshttam at 00:51 on 30 August 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Cannot wait for this!
L: kielerkai After some horrible years for Star Wars fans (especially 1999-2005), we finally have something to be really excited about! Bring it on, I say! -2005 were some of the best years for REAL Star Wars fans. Not so great for aging hateboys though. More

Posted by NeoBrowser at 03:36 on 26 August 2013 | Report This Post

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I'm not fussy either way what medium it's filmed on, but I have to confess I do like the look of film. That and Clones and Sith look pretty horrid at times on BluRay, so this should be better. More

Posted by Hood_Man at 22:21 on 24 August 2013 | Report This Post

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L: shitneck I don't care who shoots this on what film, i'm just chuffed to pieces that George Lucas (a.k.a. the money man) has no part in it. When TPM came out to buy in 1999, instead of releasing it on DVD (which was then the next big thing) he instead insisted it only be released on VHS. Everybody went out to buy it, then about a year later released it on DVD. It's the avarice of the man that has ruined Star Wars, where instead of investing time into making decent movies, he re-re- More

Posted by jmebaby25 at 19:22 on 24 August 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Does it really matter that much?
Personally I prefer film, but a great movie can be great on film or digital. The big news here really is that it shows that they're giving JJ free reign and that my fears of Lucas still pulling the strings have thankfully not come to happen More

Posted by jmebaby25 at 15:16 on 23 August 2013 | Report This Post

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