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J.J. Abrams may be preparing to shoot some of Star Wars: Episode VII in IMAX

Sep. 26, 2013by: Alex Maidy
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When it comes to STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, I want J.J. Abrams to go all out, but do it right. If he is going to use 3D, it better be shot in 3D and not post-converted. And, if this new rumor turns out to be true, he better shoot in IMAX rather than project the movie on the big screens that pass for IMAX these days. A quote from IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond makes it sound as if Abrams may be shooting some sequences of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII in the large format which would make for some epic viewing when the film hits theaters.

Gelfond is quoted as saying this:

"We are talking to J.J. Abrams [team] now about the next Star Wars being used with partly IMAX cameras."

If any movie series is begging for a massive IMAX treatment, it is STAR WARS. Abrams has voiced that he wants STAR WARS: EPISODE VII to feel more real and intends to use as many practical effects as possible. If we can do without the overindulgence of CGI that plagued the prequels, all the better.

After seeing Christopher Nolan's IMAX sequences in his DARK KNIGHT trilogy, I am waiting for another big studio film to take that chance. Disney already has a guaranteed blockbuster, even if STAR WARS: EPISODE VII ends up being hot garbage. But, I trust that Abrams will do everything he can to make it great and going with IMAX is another good decision.

I would imagine that when the formal press release comes out touting STAR WARS: EPISODE VII's cast and official title that we will see the IMAX and 3D tags right there is well. Hopefully we hear that news soon.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII opens sometime in 2015.

Extra Tidbit: I have no desire for this movie to be in 3D unless it is shot in 3D.

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3:02AM on 09/27/2013
"Look at the size of that thing! The camera, I mean."
"Look at the size of that thing! The camera, I mean."
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5:02PM on 09/26/2013
I think shooting in IMAX is a good idea. I suspect they will make a 3D version no matter what. Disney has been on the 3D bandwagon since before Avatar. That said, even if they post-convert, it will probably look fine by the time this comes out. I heard Gravity was post-converted, and the 3D in that is supposed to be amazing, so I don't expect them to do a half-assed conversion for this one.
I think shooting in IMAX is a good idea. I suspect they will make a 3D version no matter what. Disney has been on the 3D bandwagon since before Avatar. That said, even if they post-convert, it will probably look fine by the time this comes out. I heard Gravity was post-converted, and the 3D in that is supposed to be amazing, so I don't expect them to do a half-assed conversion for this one.
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4:28PM on 09/26/2013

IMAX!!!

I will sacrifice Digital 3D for IMAX film, any day of the week and twice on Alderaan Rememberance Day.
Against better judgement, I'm starting to get pretty darn excited about this thing.
I will sacrifice Digital 3D for IMAX film, any day of the week and twice on Alderaan Rememberance Day.
Against better judgement, I'm starting to get pretty darn excited about this thing.
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3:26PM on 09/26/2013
A good half hour of Star Trek into Darkness was shot on IMAX cameras so I can only expect Abrams will do the same with the bigger budget Episode VII.
A good half hour of Star Trek into Darkness was shot on IMAX cameras so I can only expect Abrams will do the same with the bigger budget Episode VII.
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3:19PM on 09/26/2013

I respectfully disagree

In order to be shot in 3D, it needs to be shot digitally. Film looks better. And considering these will probably be anti-prequels, shooting on film is a MUST. I'm not saying all digital movies look bad obviously, but they'd probably look as good or better on film given the talent of the cinematographer and crew. And to be honest, I'm not really a fan of 3D anyways. Further more, I've never noticed any major quality differences between 3D films, converted or otherwise. For example, Alice in
In order to be shot in 3D, it needs to be shot digitally. Film looks better. And considering these will probably be anti-prequels, shooting on film is a MUST. I'm not saying all digital movies look bad obviously, but they'd probably look as good or better on film given the talent of the cinematographer and crew. And to be honest, I'm not really a fan of 3D anyways. Further more, I've never noticed any major quality differences between 3D films, converted or otherwise. For example, Alice in Wonderland, Avatar, Hugo, Dredd, Up, Star Trek ID pretty much have the same 3D quality. IMO people who bitch about native and converted 3D qualities seem like wannabe cinematography majors.
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3:07PM on 09/26/2013

Good Sign

Say what you want about Abrams, but if he is serious about minimizing CGI and sticking with practical effects as much as possible, then it's a very welcome change from the prequels. Shooting select scenes in IMAX would be the cherry on top. It worked with several scenes in The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, and it is a little strange not many other big budget movies have followed in Nolan's footsteps. Seeing epic space battles or sweeping vistas on alien worlds in IMAX would be glorious
Say what you want about Abrams, but if he is serious about minimizing CGI and sticking with practical effects as much as possible, then it's a very welcome change from the prequels. Shooting select scenes in IMAX would be the cherry on top. It worked with several scenes in The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, and it is a little strange not many other big budget movies have followed in Nolan's footsteps. Seeing epic space battles or sweeping vistas on alien worlds in IMAX would be glorious to see. Make it happen! And no 3D!
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3:04PM on 09/26/2013

IMAX yes. 3D no.

I don't mind 3D as an option but when they have IMAX 3D they never have IMAX 2D showings which means I'll probably just end up getting Star Wars in the Redbox. Lame.
I don't mind 3D as an option but when they have IMAX 3D they never have IMAX 2D showings which means I'll probably just end up getting Star Wars in the Redbox. Lame.
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4:47PM on 09/26/2013
Agree 100% - though Man of Steel, while not shot in IMAX, did have at least one 2D IMAX showing a day, which I hope is how they do these things from now on if studios continue to shove 3D down our throats.
Agree 100% - though Man of Steel, while not shot in IMAX, did have at least one 2D IMAX showing a day, which I hope is how they do these things from now on if studios continue to shove 3D down our throats.
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