Saturday, August 24, 2013

Star Wars: Episode VII Shooting on 35mm Film...

Darth Vader's STAR WARS: EPISODE IV - A NEW HOPE all of its 35mm film glory.

On the same day that the world found out that Ben Affleck was the new Batman, it was revealed that J.J. Abrams will be shooting the next Star Wars movie on celluloid. This is great news! One problem with the prequels was that they were not visually consistent with the Original Trilogy (which was shot on 35mm Kodak stock) since George Lucas filmed Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith (as well as parts of The Phantom Menace) with digital cameras. Heck, Clones and Sith didn't even have the same look as Episode I...which was filmed in 35mm before Lucas decided to treat the next two prequels as mere tech demos as opposed to them being a genuine addition to the Star Wars canon. Even though the third film was an abomination, The Matrix trilogy should be applauded since there was visual continuity among the three flicks. And the same goes with The Lord of the Rings trilogy (and The Hobbit, somewhat) as well as The Dark Knight flicks. (I'd choose IMAX-filmed footage over digital shots, any day). It is awesome to see that Abrams definitely wants to bring the movie magic from the Original Star Wars Trilogy to his upcoming flick. With John Williams aboard to do the music score once more (though we'll still have to wait awhile to see which actors gets cast in Episode VII), how can Abrams go wrong? Don't answer that if you're thinking about the Lost series finale and not this summer's hit film Star Trek Into Darkness.

And while we're still on the topic of Star Wars' cinematography, may Gilbert Taylor, the director of photography for A New Hope, rest in peace. He passed away yesterday at the age of 99.

Two X-Wing starfighters soar through the Death Star's trench, 35mm film-style, in STAR WARS: EPISODE IV - A NEW HOPE.

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