STAR WARS EPISODE 7 Confirmed Shooting in IMAX, J.J. Abrams Tweets Pic From Set

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J.J. Abrams likes his mystery box so much that even when he makes an announcement, he still doesn’t make an announcement.  But it does appear that Star Wars: Episode VII is shooting partially in the IMAX format.  I say “partially” because Abrams has already confirmed that the film will be shot in 35MM (which we can now take to read as “some of the film will be shot in 35MM”), leaving ostensibly the rest to be photographed in the 70MM IMAX format.

Today he tweeted a picture from set (from what appears to be the Abu Dhabi location for Tatooine a few months back; it certainly isn’t Pinewood) with a clear shot of an IMAX camera in play containing the hashtag #bestformatever.  Hit the jump for more on the Star Wars Episode 7 IMAX front.

star-wars-episode-7-jj-abrams-alien-1Not only is Abrams partial to the format (Star Trek Into Darkness shot quite a few scenes in IMAX), it makes sense that he really wants to do as much as he can to get away from the prequels visually and make this its own movie.  There was already the report that the film would at least be exhibited in IMAX, but still there was never any confirmation until Abrams’ tweet today.

We reached out to an IMAX rep for comment and they replied, “Yes, it is confirmed.”  When asked if the film would be (a longshot) shooting solely in IMAX they replied, “All we can confirm at this time is that they are using the IMAX cameras for the film.” I think it’s safe to say the film will be part 35MM, part IMAX.

There you have it.  Now let’s hope they make the best use of that 2 week hiatus in August and that Harrison Ford recovers properly.  It would be a bummer to see an already troubled development process undergo yet another setback.  This franchise doesn’t need another subpar installment.




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  • andi

    for a storyteller who likes his mystery box, I wish he’d stop giving a bit of the mystery away. i’d like to just wait, see the trailer, and go see the film instead of continually getting the “behind-the-scenes” reality that the film includes cameras and people in costumes and everything in between that dissolves that very mystery he covets.

    andi

    • HiGuy246

      We’ll, Andi “The Storyteller”, the beautiful thing about the internet and a website in general, is the fact that no one is forcing you to read/see anything. You read the headline, then decide whether or not you’d like to click and continue reading the article.

      Let’s try this, the next time you see anything pertaining to STAR WARS Vll, use your mouse to scroll onto the next article. If you are are on a tablet, use your finger to keep going.

      You’re welcome, welcome to 2014.

      Randi “The Basketweaver”

      • Andi

        You’re a cute angry man. And kinda missed the point, but no bother.

        Kisses.

        Andi

      • HeyGuy246

        Oh Andi, lol no one is angry, just trying to help the needy. But if I missed the point, please enlighten me. Was your point the fact that in today’s modern cinematic landscape, there is no mystery, no wonder anymore? Is your point the fact that in today’s cinematic landscape, everything is given away through marketing before the movie even comes out?

        That may be the case, but again, no one is forcing you to read anything.

        What’s “cute” is the idea that you think you’re so profound that any “point” you’re trying to make would go over someone’s head. Don’t flatter yourself, a “Storyteller” must always be humble.

        Kisses (my ass) and god speed

        Randi “The Basketweaver”

      • Andi

        You’re adorable.

        Andi

      • HeyGuy246

        Thank you, wish I could say the same lol.

        You storyteller, you.

        Randi

      • andi

        my comment never warranted a thread. just a personal preference, not a gripe. an overall philosophy of less is more. that’s all. The “Storyteller” was not a reference to me, but JJ. Randi, let’s be friends. And maybe catch a movie together one of these days.

        cheers (no sarcasm; for realz),

        ~ andi

        end thread (please).

      • Fabdex

        You kinda misread Andi’s original post: “The Storyteller” he’s referring to is Abrams. And I don’t think you’re in any way cute. Angry or not.

      • HeyGuy246

        Oh Andi, lol no one is angry, just trying to help the needy. But if I missed the point, please enlighten me. Was your point the fact that in today’s modern cinematic landscape, there is no mystery, no wonder anymore? Is your point the fact that in today’s cinematic landscape, everything is given away through marketing before the movie even comes out?

        That may be the case, but again, no one is forcing you to read anything.

        What’s “cute” is the idea that you think you’re so profound that any “point” you’re trying to make would go over someone’s head. Don’t flatter yourself, a “Storyteller” must always be humble.

        Kisses (my ass) and god speed

        Randi “The Basketweaver”

  • Mike

    Yes. The Dark Knight in IMAX was the greatest viewing experience of my life followed by The Master in 70mm at Cinerama Dome. When the opening shot came on screen, it elicited an audible “ooooh” from the audience. I’ll never forget that showing.

    • Bloost

      The Master looked far better than The Dark Knight IMO. Anderson knows how to handle 65mm.

  • Devin Reed

    “This franchise doesn’t need another subpar installment.”

    ….Aaand THERE’S the obligatory knock on the prequels!

    • Bloost

      They deserve it. The prequels proved that Lucas is a horrible human being who only cares about money and has zero talent.

      • axalon

        “Lucas is a horrible human being”

        …so what do you think of Stalin and Hitler then…?

      • Bloost

        They’re not human; they’re monsters. Lucas is a human, and a bad one at that. One time, he cancelled some Star Wars party because they didn’t pay his company to show them. Search it.

      • Devin Reed

        Please. You act as though George himself slapped them with a lawsuit. Believe it or not, Lucasfilm has a legal team to protect their IP (you know…like any other company on the planet).

      • Bloost

        It’s still unfair. The only money they were making out of it were from the drinks they were selling.

      • Fabdex

        So fuck him for being a businessman. You are so full of yourself. Judging someone you don’t know as being “A bad human” because he made a bunch of movies you don’t like. And, for your info, Stalin and Hitler WERE human beings.

      • GrimReaper07

        The man who single-handedly created Star Wars has no talent? Okay.

      • Bloost

        He didn’t “single-handedly” create Star Wars. He had a lot of help, including Gary Kurtz and a ghost writer for the original film. If it was sorely him, the film wouldn’t have turn out into a masterpiece. Ford once said to him on set “You can write it but you can’t say it”.

      • GrimReaper07

        You can hate him for the prequels all you want but Lucas’ involvement in the original trilogy is undeniable. Yes, he obviously had help, no director ever makes a movie on his own. But he created the universe everyone loves and he helmed the movie that created the franchise (and oversaw the rest). That takes a lot of talent. Also he directed American Graffiti and helped create Indiana Jones, which is pretty great.

      • Fabdex

        Lucas had a “Ghost writer” for the novelization of the first film, not the screenplay. He did ask Willard and Gloria Huyck to help him, that’s well documented, but they were not “Ghost writers”. I know a whole fucking lot about the history of these films. You… you’re just an ass. An a poorly documented one at that.

      • bigfrog

        Star Wars is little more than a remake of Kurosawa’s Hidden Fortress.

      • GrimReaper07

        Not even close. The similarities are completely superficial and so so few. I doubt those who make this comparison have ever even seen Hidden Fortress.

      • bigfrog

        I’ve seen quite a few Kurosawa films, thank you. If you have a few hours to kill I recommend checking out Ran. Not because of any relation to Star Wars but because it’s one of the most awesome and beautifully orchestrated films ever.

      • GrimReaper07

        Yeah Ran is absolutely amazing. That said, Hidden Fortress has barely anything to do with Star Wars. The biggest comparison I can draw are the droids and they aren’t that important.

      • bigfrog

        I’ve seen quite a few Kurosawa films, thank you. If you have a few hours to kill I recommend checking out Ran. Not because of any relation to Star Wars but because it’s one of the most awesome and beautifully orchestrated films ever.

      • GrimReaper07

        Not even close. The similarities are completely superficial and so so few. I doubt those who make this comparison have ever even seen Hidden Fortress.

      • Clay
      • Fabdex

        A lot of people, you included, seem to forget that the Star Wars films were made for kids. Pretty much any kiddie movie, if seen without that context, is… horrible.

  • Egon

    I have a strange feeling that the writer of this article (Evan Dickson) is Matt Goldberg.
    Oh, not a feeling, I’m sure…

  • Tom

    That’s not going to change the aspect ratio like in Nolan’s TDK and TDKR though, is it? Forgive me if this is a stupid question.

    • Person

      If it’s shot in both 35mm and IMAX, which it apparently is, then yes, the aspect ratio will change like TDK and TDKR.

  • chris

    oh man, i wish STAR WATS won’t be released it 3D. i prefer to watch in IMAX film 2D(TDK), than in IMAX film 3D(Into The Darkness)

  • Michael

    The Dark Knight, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire are great films that I have very much enjoyed watching in the IMAX film format. Each one gives some of the best images shot with IMAX film cameras. Glad to know Star Wars is getting the IMAX treatment. Here’s hoping that the film will be screened in it’s original IMAX film format and not converted into digital projectors, or even worse, 3D.

    • Person

      It’s gonna get converted into 3D, I’m pretty sure that was already confirmed by Disney a while ago.

  • grapes9h5

    F*ck YEAH!!!! Love me some true 70mm IMAX, and its gonna compliment the 30mm film well. Now let’s pray that it will be screened on proper IMAX film projection at true size IMAX venues, and not just BS digital 3D post-coversion IMAX (a la Star Trek)

  • milo

    I guess nobody shoots a full movie in imax/70MM any more. What was the last movie to shoot the whole thing in imax or 70MM? Or has that never happened with the imax format?

    • Fabdex

      To my knowledge, other that the IMAX documentary films, no “narrative” films were totally shot in IMAX. A lot were shot in 70mm, but in “horizontal” IMAX, I don’t think so. In any case, Star Wars VII will look spectacular !

  • HW

    At least 300 mil domestically for each prequel movie and Ep I made over a billion and Ep III made nearly 849 mil. The Clone Wars series had high ratings. The new movie or movies will feature the original trilogy trio. I do not think this franchise is in trouble and subpar is a matter of opinion. The only opinion that matters is children and the spectators that attend the movies.

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