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Star Wars: Episode VII will be shot on 35mm film

JJ Abrams pledges to shoot Star Wars: Episode 7 on 35mm film and not digital

George Lucas shooting the old fashioned way on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
George Lucas shooting the old fashioned way on Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

Along with Kathleen Kennedy’s earlier pledge to use more models and physical effects in Star Wars: Episode VII comes another vow destined to warm the hearts of conservative cinephiles.

Recently announcing (via BobaFettFanClub) that he would be working with his regular cinematographer Dan Mindel and shooting in Kodak film stock 5219, JJ Abrams added, “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.”

The last Star Wars film shot on film was Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace, which had one scene – the one where Qui-Gonn takes a midichlorian count on Anakin – lensed digitally.

Star Wars: Episode VII is due in cinemas Summer 2015. You can buy Star Wars: The Complete Saga for £57.99 on Blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk.