While we have known since July that Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams used IMAX cameras on the set, the filmmaker revealed to Variety that he only used the IMAX cameras for one action sequence. Here's what the director had to say in a brief statement about filming in IMAX.
"The benefits outweigh the headache of shooting on IMAX cameras. The opportunity to have an action sequence for this movie done in IMAX's natural format was too delicious an idea to pass up. As a filmgoer, it's something I want to see."
Naturally, we have no clue exactly what scene was shot in IMAX, but the photos that Bad Robot tweeted out in July appeared to be taken from the Abu Dhabi set, which we reported in April would be used to recreate Tatoooine. IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond revealed in September that the company was negotiating with J.J. Abrams to shoot portions of Star Wars: Episode VII with IMAX cameras, but the Variety report reveals he only used the IMAX cameras for one scene.
It was announced in March that Star Wars: Episode VII will be presented in the IMAX format, but we'll have to wait and see if more details surface about exactly what scene was shot in the native IMAX format.