Published On: Mon, Feb 1st, 2016

Colin Trevorrow talks ‘Star Wars 9’ and shooting it on ‘film’

Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow is gearing up to helm the ninth installment of Star Wars, and he wants to shoot the movie using film, not digital, cameras and the filmmaker also has been investigating if Star Wars: Episode 9 could be the first narrative feature film to actually shoot in outer space, for real.

Trevorrow appeared at a panel called “Power of Story: The Art of Film” alongside Christopher Nolan and Rachel Morrison, moderated by Alex Ross Perry, during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in Park City Utah.

During the panel Trevorrow explained why he believes that period films should be shot on film and not digitally.

Star Wars 3D Darth Vader 3d glasses on“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,’” he said, via THR. “[Film] tends to remind us of our memories, of our childhoods, the way we used to see films.”

Trevorrow jokingly explained that his upcoming project Star Wars: Episode IX will be shot on film for the same reason: It “gets back to my issue of shooting digital for period films. I could never shoot Star Wars on anything but [film] because it’s a period film: It happened a long time ago!”

Trevorrow also revealed that he is aiming for “scope 35 or 65” for Episode IX.

Apollo 13 and other films have used airplanes like the KC- 135 (nicknamed the “Vomit Comet”) to achieve real weightlessness, but no narrative feature film has yet to film in outer space, but Trevorrow is actually researching if he can shoot some of Episode 9 “on location” in outer space.

“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!”

Christopher Nolan responded that he also looked into outer space filming for Interstellar: “Funny enough, we had that conversation with Interstellar,” said Nolan. “There’s incredible footage from space now.”


Trevorrow’s comments also seem to confirm that Episode 9 will again have some IMAX photography, which shouldn’t be much of a surprise considering Disney’s deal with the IMAX corporation.

Star Wars 9 is set to arrive in theaters on May 24, 2019.

Will "Star Wars 9" have footage actually filmed in space Stephan's Quintet  photo NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

Will “Star Wars 9” have footage actually filmed in space
Stephan’s Quintet photo NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

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