‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Will Be Shot on 35MM Film by Daniel Mindel

The cinematographer is reuniting with J.J. Abrams after working on ‘Mission: Impossible III’, ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’.

Daniel Mindel to shoot Star Wars: Episode VII on 35MM film
Daniel Mindel to shoot Star Wars: Episode VII on 35MM film
Daniel Mindel confirmed at a Los Angeles industry event that he is serving as director of photography on J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII. The cinematographer also revealed that he is shooting the highly-anticipated sequel in 35MM, specifically on Kodak film stock 5219.

Of course, this marks a return to film for the franchise, after George Lucas shot the prequels Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith on digital.

J.J. Abrams is directing from a screenplay by Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), with production scheduled to take place next February in the U.K.

Daniel Mindel previously shot Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek and this summer's Star Trek Into Darkness for J.J. Abrams. Other recent credits include John Carter, Savages and the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

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  1. Sean

    @gumperman I might have known, and then forgotten about it. I don't know exactly. I'm probably going to by the prequel trilogy on Blu-ray.

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  2. gumperman

    @themoviefanatic Did you seriously not know that the STAR WARS films were released on blu-ray? Actually, looking at that link you provided, it looks like they are re-releasing the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy again on blu-ray this October, but this time in a blu-ray / dvd combo release.

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  3. Sean

    @felipe-11 Thanks for the links, i'll take a look at them out :) .

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  4. Sean

    @joelseph What exactly do you mean?

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  5. Sean

    @gumperman Thanks for letting me know. I'll check it out again.

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  6. Zak Lee Ferguson

    Pretty Radical this is 35mm, it will look so different.

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  7. Replicant




    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  8. joelseph

    @themoviefanatic using your webpage I have looked up the Blu disc set that I currently hold in my collection. It includes deleted scenes from the OT that buying the individual trilogies did not provide ww.blu-ray.com/movies/Star-Wars-The-Complete-Saga-Blu-ray/14903/

    2 years agoby @joelsephFlag

  9. ed_wood

    Good. Another positive step this movie is taking.

    2 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  10. gumperman

    @themoviefanatic Also, if you go to page 1 of the link you posted, you'll see that they were released on blu-ray as a saga, as well as individual trilogies.

    2 years agoby @gumpermanFlag

  11. gumperman

    @themoviefanatic Yeah, they are already on blu-ray. I own the entire STAR WARS SAGA on blu-ray.

    2 years agoby @gumpermanFlag

  12. Sean

    @felipe-11 Not according to this that I posted before -> http://www.blu-ray.com/search/?quicksearch=1&section=bluraymovies&quicksearch_keyword=star wars&quicksearch_country=US&page=1

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  13. Replicant

    @themoviefanatic They were already released, on Blu, like 2 years ago.

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  14. Sean

    @felipe-11 How It will be interesting to see how the prequel films will look on Blu-ray, when ever they will be released -> http://www.blu-ray.com/search/?quicksearch=1&section=bluraymovies&quicksearch_keyword=star wars&quicksearch_country=US&page=1

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  15. Replicant

    Too bad they didn't shoot the prequels on film, digital looked like crap back then. Now it looks pretty indistinguishable from film so it doesn't make much of a difference for the audience.

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  16. Sean

    @Devastattor I bet that is possible as well, that it could rank up there with Empire Strike Back.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  17. Devastattor

    I like this, taking SW back to its roots-practical effects shot on film. Now if the story and dialogue are solid, this movie could rank right up there with ESB.

    2 years agoby @DevastattorFlag

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