Star Wars: Episode VII to be shot on 35mm by Dan Mindel

Star Trek cinematographer re-teaming with J.J. Abrams

Star Trek cinematographer Dan Mindel has signed on to lens Star Wars: Episode VII, and he's confirmed that he'll be shooting the saga on 35mm film.

The Bobba Fett Fan Club reported the announcement from an industry event in Los Angeles yesterday, where Mindel made an appearance.

Mindel's a long-time collaborator of J.J. Abrams, having worked with the director on Mission: Impossible III and both Star Trek films.

You can bet they're going to be coming up with a whole new look for their Star Wars collab, though, having arguably tired out the lens flares on their other projects.

The fact that they're shooting on 35mm film also indicates they're taking Star Wars back to its roots after George Lucas shot his prequels on shiny digital.

Should we expect a grittier, less sanitised Star Wars from Abrams? It's looking likely, and we couldn't be any happier about that.

Star Wars: Episode VII opens in 2015.

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 23rd 2013, 11:36

      Am I the only person who didn't even notice any lens flare during Into Darkness?

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 23rd 2013, 12:24

      Am I the only person who didn't notice any lens flare in Into Darkness?

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    • willymcburgle

      Aug 23rd 2013, 12:29

      I actually think this is a silly idea. Shooting in digital doesn't introduce lens flare or other effects - it's just a higher definition of recording. The whole thing is going to be transferred to digital for distribution anyway so it makes little sense imo other than to satisfy some sort of retro attitude that has no relevance to film mastering.

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    • chibik

      Aug 23rd 2013, 12:33

      No, it appears there are at least two of you.

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    • ilikescifi

      Aug 23rd 2013, 15:24

      does that mean the film will be post-converted to 3D? assuming it will have a 3D presentation

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    • bobafettfanclub

      Aug 23rd 2013, 16:48

      As the original source of this news, please note that it's spelled "Boba Fett Fan Club," not "Bobba Fett Fan Club." Thank you for updating the article, with or without link attribution!

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    • bobafettfanclub

      Aug 26th 2013, 16:52

      Thank you for covering our news break. Please note that our site is the Boba Fett Fan Club, not "Bobba."

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    • ilikescifi

      Aug 27th 2013, 12:58

      btw willymcburgle in my experience film produces a very different 'texture' than digital. true, they will all be transferred and distributed as digital, and it is a bit frustratingly retro or 'purist', but there is something kinda lovely about raw film. having said that i never use it because there are actually no more places in australia that process film, we have to send it to new zealand or the states

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