Today J.J. Abrams' production company Bad Robot tweeted an image of an IMAX camera hovering over a Tatooine-looking landscape, with the only the hashtag: #bestformatever Many immediately assumed this to be from Episode VII, and a confirmation that at least part of the film is be filmed in IMAX.
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) July 8, 2014
Later, /Film contacted an IMAX representative who said; “All we can say at this point is that we can confirm that JJ Abrams is using the IMAX camera for Star Wars: Episode VII.”
They also confirmed that it will be shot on 70mm IMAX film.
/Film later added: UPDATE: "Pajiba also added that Abrams is shooting the film on three, 65mm 2D IMAX cameras. (There are only four in the world and the other is being used for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice). After that, it’ll be converted to 3D just like Abrams did on his last film Star Trek Into Darkness. UPDATE 2: However, IMAX officials responded saying they “did not provide or confirm” that information."
Obviously we already knew Episode VII was going to be released in IMAX, that was confirmed months ago. What's new is the fact that at least some scenes will be filmed with IMAX cameras and not converted to IMAX in post-production. And it's also worth noting that they did not confirm the tweeted photo is from Episode VII. But, considering Bad Robot's track record of sharing photos from the set, I think we're safe to assume that is indeed Tatooine.
Nevertheless, it's going to be awesome seeing Star Wars on a massive IMAX screen! Decemeber 18th, 2015 can't come soon enough!
Via: Making Star Wars
Sources: Twitter, /Film
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