Perhaps it will be easy to read too much into this, but word is out that the next Star Wars film will be shot on 35mm and not digitally. The prequels were pioneering digital films, but JJ Abrams has had all of his films shot on actual film to date.
According to the report by The Boba Fett Fan Club and relayed by The Force – the website, if not actually by The Force, the mystical energy that binds all things together – the cinematographer of Episode VII is to be Dan Mindel, the man who also shot both Star Trek films and a Mission: Impossible for JJ Abrams.
Mindel spilled the beans at a cinematographer’s Q&A session today, in response to a question from a Kodak rep. What’s the betting the film will be shot on Kodak stock?
And so it seems that the mark of Abrams is already apparent on this project. No need for lens flare jokes, though. Really.
Of course, it’s worth noting that the FX work is bound to be done digitally, as will the colour timing – if you can even call it that.
And I’m still prepared to bet the film will undergo a post production conversion into 3D.