Sooner or later, the film format is going to be gone. It’s a sad fact. In the 15 or so years since digital filmmaking began its use in the professional space, we’ve seen film diminish from most movies — both mainstream and independent. Ironically enough, one of the main proponents of that was George Lucas, who shot Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith on digital. In the time since then, digital filmmaking has progressed exponentially, both in quality and in its widespread use. Usually, unless a director has a really good reason to shoot for film these days — or has a name like Christopher Nolan or Quentin Tarantino — chances are they go for digital. In 99% of cases, no one can really tell the difference, anyways.
However, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams felt it necessary to sort of match the style of the original trilogy. They did so by giving a healthy mixture of practical effects and CG effects, and they also did so by going for film, utilizing a mix of 35mm and 65 mm. Now, thanks to a report from The Playlist (via Star Wars News Net), we now know that Star Wars Episode IX will not only be shot on film, but will be shot fully in 65mm.
Here’s what the report stated:
“Today Kodak announced that in their processing facility in the U.K., they’ve added the capabilities to handle 65mm, and one of the projects listed to use Kodak 65mm stock is Star Wars: Episode 9. John Schwartzman will be reteaming with director Colin Trevorrow following Jurassic World (the press release mistakenly lists J.J. Abrams as the director of the film) to lens the project, and for both it’ll be a return to 65mm, which they partially used on the dinosaur blockbuster, though it sounds like Episode 9 will fully utilize the format.”
While this will likely not have a huge impact on the inevitable demise of the format, it is always nice when these large films get to spring for these premium high quality formats that help to deliver an optimal theatrical experience for audiences. Anytime studios and filmmakers go out of their way to do something that benefits a moviegoer is A-OK in my book.
What do you think? Are you excited to see director Colin Trevorrow utilize the IMAX 65mm format for Star Wars Episode IX? Let us know your thoughts down below!