Adding to all of Lucasfilm’s claims that the next Star Wars movie will try to find a balance between the practical effects-driven look of the earlier movies, and the cold CGI void of the prequels, it’s been confirmed that Star Wars: Episode VII will be shot not on digital video but on old-fashioned Kodak 35mm film—a small, yet symbolic shift away from the “newer is always better” philosophy that seemed to completely overtake George Lucas after The Phantom Menace. The announcement was made by Abrams’ longtime cinematographer Dan Mindel, who’s worked with Abrams from Mission: Impossible III through the Star Trek movies, fulfilling Abrams’ preference for shooting on real film. And it came after Mindel officially revealed he will indeed be involved on Star Wars, at an event reported on by a member of Boba Fett Fan Club (who obviously forgot the first rule of Boba Fett Fan Club).
Anyway, as with all things Star Wars, this is only the tiniest scrap of information, with nothing further to indicate whether the film will still be post-converted into 3-D, what this might mean for an IMAX version, or whether this 35mm film will have good performances bringing to life a story you enjoy on it. And yes, someone from The Wrap already wondered whether switching to cameras that will allow it means “Abrams intends to include his trademark lens flares,” but you can probably just go ahead make the joke about it you were planning on anyway. [via /Film]