There are still those who cling to film as a recording medium, and despise the notion of shooting anything on a digital format. Colin Trevorrow loves film and wants to use it to shoot Star Wars Episode IX.
“It’s a period film,” Trevorrow joked. “It happened a long time ago. There’s something in my brain that says, ‘well they didn’t have video cameras then.”
Christopher Nolan and Quinten Tarantino are two other filmmakers that would rather shoot and distribute on film. During a press conference at the Sundance Film Festival, Nolan noted that there needs to be a choice for filmmakers and movie goers saying, “As a medium it will continue to exist. It has to continue to exist. It’s pointless to pretend it has to go away.”
While digital is cheaper to shoot on and to distribute, there is something magical about the look and feel of film. If Trevorrow is able to convince the bean counters that Star Wars Episode IX is worth the extra money, then he may get his way.