Feeds

Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

JJ Abrams to use 35mm film - but that wasn't what made the old movies great, sputter fans

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications

The next Star Wars film is to be made using analogue film in a bid to evoke the glory days of the space saga.

The excitement is Palpatine palpable among Star Wars fans, who will be hoping the return to the traditional methods of filmmaking heralds a move away from the digital, hyper-real – and hyper-rubbish – style of the last three films.

A website called Boba Fett Fan Club revealed director JJ Abrams' decision to use 35mm film for Star Wars: Episode VII. The site sent a reporter to see a talk by Abram's cinematographer, Dan Mindel, at the American Society of Cinematographers.<

At the end of the speech, a super keen Kodak rep asked whether it was true that the film would be shot on analogue film. Mindel then confirmed he would be using Kodak film stock 5219.

Growing clusters of hardcore analogue-lovers* are once again embracing the old ways, with sales of vinyl records growing and a subculture developing among photographers who use film. Analogue advocates say its "imperfect" methods offer a warmth that is lacking in coldly exact digital media, with the crackly pops of an old record or the grainy glow of Leica film often deemed more pleasing than the chilly perfection of digital snaps or digital music files.

Abrams has long been interested in analogue film, using techniques like lens flare throughout his work to evoke the pre-digital era.

“I wanted this movie to feel real,” Abrams told a website called Digital Content Producer. “I’m not saying you can’t be real with digital. But with film, for me, there was such a familiarity and comfort to it, a real warmth. We wanted to avoid coldness and any unnatural sense of perfection."

In an interview with The Guardian, he said: "I'm obsessed with things that are distinctly analogue. We have a letterpress in our office. There's an absolute wonderful imperfection that you get when you do a letterpress, and that is the beauty of it.

"The time that is put in setting the type and running the press, inking the rollers, all that stuff – that kind of thing is clearly an extreme example. But it's the beauty of the actual investment of time, and the amount of time that goes by lets you consider things that somehow, in a kind of weird osmosis or spiritual way, is somehow implicit in the final product. And that seems to not exist much any more." ®

* OR irritating mobs of retro-filtering, 20-year-old-bike riding Instagram hipsters... substitute as needed - Sub Ed

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple ran off to IBM
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes
Phone egg, meet desktop chicken - your mother
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations
Vows to uphold 'zero tolerance' policy on underage workers
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.