‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Eyes 65MM Digital Shoot, ‘Episode VIII’ Sticking with 35MM Film

There’s a lot of talk about the digital campfire concerning the Arri’s new ALEXA 65 camera, which combines the proven image quality, dynamic range, and usability of the ALEXA with a much larger 65mm equivalent sensor. Emmanuel Lubezki used it to shoot Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s The RevenantRobert Elswit used the camera for the much-talked-about underwater sequences in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and it’s being used as I type to film Captain America: Civil War. Well, now it’s heading to a galaxy far, far away.

The Hollywood Reporter brings word cinematographer Greig Fraser (Zero Dark Thirty) will be using the camera to lens Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One for director Gareth Edwards, delivering the latest in premium, large-format, 6K resolution in digital filmmaking.

Meanwhile, Rian Johnson, who will be filming Star Wars: Episode VIII revealed on Twitter he’ll be using 35mm for that shoot, though he did consider 65mm. This will maintain the use of film from Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens to Episode VIII as J.J. Abrams shot most of the the upcoming Star Wars feature on 35mm with portions shot on the 65mm IMAX format, which I wouldn’t be surprised if Johnson ends up doing as well.


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