'Star Wars: Episode 7' to be Shot on Film by Dan Mindel

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Though no casting has been officially announced yet, many of the behind the scenes players on 'Star Wars: Episode 7' are starting to line up. It appears that J.J. Abrams' regular cinematographer Dan Mindel has joined the movie, and he's revealed that the latest episode of 'Star Wars' will be shot on film.

For 'Star Wars' nerds that's a pretty big deal, which is why Boba Fett Fan Club got themselves a nice scoop. It means it will be the first 'Star Wars' film shot on film since 'The Phantom Menace,' as George Lucas used the second and the third movies in the prequel trilogy to help advance digital filmmaking. Lucas was a pioneer in the field, but now digital has taken over, and fewer and fewer films are being shot or shown on 35mm film stock. Indeed, many theaters are finding that if they don't convert to digital projection in the very near future, they'll have to close their doors.

This also suggests that if the film is in 3D, which it very well may be, it will be post-converted. Fiscal priorities may force the film into the third dimension (not having a film in 3D is considered leaving money on the table at this point), but that has yet to be announced. 'Star Wars: Episode 7' is targeted for a 2015 release.

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