There is exciting news for fans who are worried about the recently reported delay in filming of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Episode VIII. Colin Trevorrow, the director of Episode IX, said he wants to shoot actual footage for the film in outer space.
While speaking at a Sundance Film Festival panel called “Power of Story: The Art of Film” alongside Christopher Nolan, Trevorrow said he has asked his producers about shooting the film “on location,” outer space, that is, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
“I asked the question, ‘Is it possible for us to shoot IMAX film plates in actual space for Star Wars, and I haven’t gotten an answer yet, but they’ve shot IMAX in space!”
“Funny enough, we had that conversation with Interstellar,” responded Christopher Nolan, who has shot three of his films with 70mm IMAX cameras and will also shoot his next film “Dunkirk” partially on IMAX. “There’s incredible footage from space now,” Nolan, added.
Trevorrow also announced in the panel that he will shoot Star Wars Episode IX on film, not digitally. This is in keeping with J.J. Abrams shooting Episode VII on celluloid film and Rian Johnson taking the same route with Episode VIII.
“The only place where I tend to not be able to attach myself entirely to something shot digitally is when it’s a period film. There’s something in my brain that goes, ‘Well, they didn’t have video cameras then,'” Trevorrow said.
Trevorrow had recently shot the majority of the blockbuster “Jurassic World” on film and also completed his next feature, “The Book of Henry,” on traditional 35mm film.
Trevorrow explained that the reason behind choosing film for “Jurassic World” was because “this can’t look like two computers fighting, that’s what we kept repeating to ourselves.”
He humorously noted that directing “Star Wars” Episode IX on film was a given because it occurs in ‘a galaxy far, far away.’ “I could never shoot Star Wars on anything but [film] because it’s a period film: It happened a long time ago!”
“[Film] tends to remind us of our memories, of our childhoods, the way we used to see films,” Trevorrow spoke about the impact of movies shot on celluloid on him.
Trevorrow, like Nolan said that the young generation of filmmakers need to be given access to film – “It gives you a respect for the shot and for the edit” — and said it is the responsibility of film schools to teach their students on the importance of film.
Thirty-five millimetre Cinemascope lends a widescreen aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1, while 65mm can vary based on the lenses or cameras used. While standard Super Panavision 65mm lends an aspect ratio of 2.20:1 (“Lawrence of Arabia,” “Lord Jim”), Ultra Panavision 65mm lends an extremely wide aspect ratio of 2.76:1 (“The Hateful Eight,” “Battle of the Bulge”). Then there is IMAX 15/70 which yields a very tall large format 70mm aspect ratio of 1.44:1 (“The Dark Knight,” “Interstellar”).
For Star Wars Episode IX, Trevorrow said he is aiming for “scope 35 or 65” which would mean that the film will have both the traditional 2.39:1 widescreen ratio and also the larger 1.44:1 IMAX ratio, like J.J. Abrams used in “The Force Awakens.”
Regardless, it allays fears of “Star Wars” fans that Trevorrow is not the right candidate to make a “Star Wars” movie as the director seems deeply committed to making a spectacular and nostalgic “Star Wars” film.