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Episode VII Not Digital, On FILM!

Goodbye Digital Process

By Robert T. Trate     August 23, 2013
Source: bobafettfanclub.com

Another piece of the new Star Wars puzzle has fallen into place. Yesterday, The BobaFettFanClub had an exclusive report that Episode VII will be shot on film, not digital video. Dan Mindel, the cinematographer for Episode VII has announced that he will be shooting J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars on 35mm, specifically Kodak film stock 5219. 

Dan Mindel has worked on Shanghai Noon, Mission Impossible 3, Super 8, and Star Trek: Into Darkness.

Episode VII is slated for a 2015 release. 


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LoneRanger 8/23/2013 6:38:19 AM

There's no school like the old school...

ElBaz13 8/23/2013 6:50:36 AM

That means less CGI. Maybe not 3D.

More sets! More costumes! More camera trickery!

I'm stoked!

Davewriter 8/23/2013 6:57:09 AM

I think it means that it will be shot on 35mm and then it will be instantly scanned into digital for editing, which is kind of a normal.  99.999% of films are editied digitally.

chiefBrody 8/23/2013 7:38:29 AM

 I don't really care how they shot it... but just shot it fast!! I wanna see it!

monkeyfoot 8/23/2013 7:42:46 AM

ElBaz, digital or film makes absolutley positively NO DIFFERENCE in terms of digital or CGI effects. None whatsoever. Dan Mindel shot with Abrams on both of his Star Trek movies and used film stock but you can see they are loaded to the dilithim crystal chamber with modern day digital FX.

As Davewriter noted, anytime film is used it is digitally scanned into a computer anyway for post production. Nobody splices film or puts visual effects to images with optical printers with multiple matte negatives anymore. The vast majority of movies and TV shows are now shot to digital becasuse it is far faster and can be cheaper. Some filmmakers however like working with film as a matter of choice. For their aesthetic leanings they may feel film can have a different "flavor" to it they can't get from a hard drive recording. If it makes a difference to the director in getting the best product I'm all for them using whatever format they choose.

I think that when people complain about CGI or digital they are actually complaining about bad CGI and digital where you notice it or it doesn't look quite right. It takes the work of great FX artists and great storytelling to make a tiger look like its sitting in a row boat with a kid  in the middle of the ocean or make a misshapen ring hungering Gollum realistically interact with live actors who are also being made to look short while standing on a mostly CG'ed background and you don't notice or care about the FX.

CaptAmerica04 8/23/2013 7:51:54 AM

Old skool FTW.

mlaforce 8/23/2013 8:16:07 AM

That is the Awesome news, the best news coming out of this camp so far...Love it!!!

ElBaz13 8/23/2013 8:16:12 AM

But there is a difference.

Phantom Menace feels more like "film" vs AotC and RotS, which look a lot like videogames. As much as TPM is the worst of the 3 prequels, I think it had that better old Star Wars look (well, until you see the Gungans fight at the end).

Taken from another source:

In any case, this could be another sign that new Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy prefers an old-school style for what she calls "Ep 7," the movie that will follow Return of the Jedi in Star Wars' internal chronology.

"The conversation we're having all the time now about Episode VII is how much CGI," Kennedy told fans at the Star Wars Celebration convention in Germany last month. "We're looking at what the early Star Wars films did; they used real locations with special effects. So we're going to find some very cool locations, we're going to end up using every single tool in the toolbox."

Ain't It Cool News writer Harry Knowles adds rumors he's hearing from Lucasfilm's Industrial Light and Magic, that the the company is growing its model shop. Veteran Lucasfilm designer Iain McCaig also mentioned at Celebration, without comment, that he has been sketching lots of Rancors recently. (The Rancor was the stop-motion model defeated by Luke Skywalker in Jabba's Palace).

Hence my excitement.

jedibanner 8/23/2013 8:16:57 AM

Good choice, film is always better then digital and glad to know some big name directors are still defending and continuing to use film instead of digital.

mlaforce 8/23/2013 8:17:16 AM

Monkeyfoot is right, just because it is film does not mean it will have less cgi...


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