Star Wars Episode 7 being filmed on 35mm film not digital? What difference will it make?

by Martin


The next Star Wars movie is expected to be released in December of 2015 (breaking the usual May release tradition) and more news was released today.

At an event in Los Angeles (ASC Breakfast with Dan Mindel) it was revealed that Star Wars Episode 7 would not be filmed in digital but instead on 35mm film.

The event, which had American Cinematographer Associate Editor, Jon Witmer review work done by Mindel in a Q&A style session eventually led into a public Q&A session where Kodak rep, Lorette Bayle asked the question regarding how the film would be shot.

Director JJ Abrams has always filmed his movies on celluloid (film) where as prequels of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars movies relied heavily on the latest in digital filmmaking technology.


Abrams who spoke earlier in the year at a conference about how not filming digitally still delivered a high quality film: “I have not yet shot a movie digitally. Film is the thing I am most comfortable with. If film were to go away – and digital is challenging it – then the standard for the highest, best quality would go away,”

If the film is shot entirely on film this would mean that the movie will not be able to be filmed in 3D. If a 3D release of Star Wars Episode 7 was to be created then that footage would need to be converted separately – this was the process used on Abrams latest film Star Trek Into Darkness.


Shooting in film as opposed to digitally would also give the film that original look that nerds are likely to well, nerd out over.

Does it really matter to you? Can you even tell the difference if in 2013 a film was created using film or digitally? What do you think about the next Star Wars movie possibly having a Christmas release as opposed to a Summer release?

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Below is the first trailer for Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. Have a look.

1 Comment

  1. Kurt Lane on August 23, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    The Phantom Flop is what this movie should have been called. I am looking forward to getting back to the Star Wars roots, and the things that made the original trilogy so engrossing. Things like suspense and suprise. The Empire Strikes Back had the perfect formula. I am sure that JJ has taken notes from The Empire Strikes Back and will make that his mission with Episode VII. We all want to be brought back to our childhood and enjoy that feeling with our chilfren. JJ is a huge Star Wars fan and I am confindent that he will deliver the good in 2015. Can’t wait to see Episode VII.

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