These days, it's becoming more and more rare to find a director that actually prefers to shoot on film, instead of digital, but they are still out there, and they are some of the best we have. Filmmakers such as J.J. Abrams, Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino and others actually banded together last year to help save Kodak, as the company flirted with extinction, so movies could still be shot on film. We know that J.J. Abrams shot Star Wars: The Force Awakens on film, following in the footsteps of every Star Wars movie before it, and now we have confirmation that the tradition will continue in Star Wars: Episode VIII, straight from writer-director Rian Johnson himself. When asked by a fan on Twitter if he planned on shooting Star Wars 8 in 70MM, Rian Johnson had this to say, confirming he is shooting the sequel on film, but in 35MM.
"I really wanted to, but for some specific logistical reasons we're sticking with 35."
With the success of Mad Max: Fury Road and the buzz swirling around Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it seems that fans are starting to prefer more practical effects, instead of being bombarded by CGI left and right. The director addressed this notion while appearing on the Girls in Hoodies podcast recently, revealing that fans are "coming around" to practical effects.
"I think people are coming back around to [practical effects]. It feels like there is sort of that gravity pulling us back toward it. I think that more and more people are hitting kind of a critical mass in terms of the CG-driven action scene lending itself to a very specific type of action scene, where physics go out the window and it becomes so big so quick."
The director has expressed his desire to use practical effects in Star Wars: Episode VIII before, so the news that he will shoot the sequel on film doesn't come as a huge surprise. Still, it's nice to know that some traditions will still be kept intact, and that one will be reborn, since the sequel will be released in May 2017, after Star Wars: The Force Awakens broke the tradition of Star Wars movies always being released in May. While we wait for more concrete details on Star Wars: Episode VIII, take a look at director Rian Johnson's tweet below.
@LaRabiaCompany I really wanted to, but for some specific logistical reasons we're sticking with 35.— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) June 10, 2015