“Star Wars: Episode VII” will take the traditional route when it comes to filming, according to the movie’s director, J.J. Abrams. Speaking to attendees of an American Society of Cinematographers event, Abrams announced he will be shooting on 35 mm film instead of digitally, Digital Spy reported. The specific stock that will be used is Kodak 5219.
Abrams’ previous films have all been on celluloid. This contrasts greatly with Lucasfilm’s six “Star Wars” movies, which incorporate numerous digital effects, as well as a mix of high-definition footage and 35 mm shots.
During a speech at Produced By conference this year, Abrams said film provides “the highest, best quality” image for theaters. “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,” Abrams said.
Abrams’ “Star Wars” movie will begin shooting in the U.K. next year. It has a rumored release date of December 2015.