By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
For a film about space travel, none of the past Star Wars films has ever traveled to the final frontier to shoot space on film. If director Colin Trevorrow has his way, Star Wars: Episode IX will be the first to shoot in space.
During the ‘Power of Story: The Art of Film’ panel at the Sundance Film Festival on Thursday, Trevorrow revealed that he presented the idea to Lucasfilm and Disney of shooting in IMAX out beyond the planet’s atmosphere. Here’s what he said:
“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.”
I’ll be quick to point out that he wants to shoot plates on IMAX, rather than any specific scenes. Honestly, space is the easiest thing to duplicate, so unless you’re using long exposures from something like the Hubble Space Telescope, it won’t look very different than anything digitally created or painted.
Having said that, I think it would be incredibly exciting if they did end up shooting 70mm IMAX plates in space, from a technical point-of-view. Trevorrow seems to be extremely fascinated with trying to create realistic images for fiction, as a way to trick the viewer into believing it’s real. I wonder if there would be a subconscious psychological effect on audience members. (Of course, the majority of the dinosaurs in Jurassic World were 100% CGI).
Other than possibly shooting in space, a few more bits of information can be gleaned from Trevorrow’s plan. First, Christopher Nolan wanted to do the same thing with Interstellar, responding to Trevorrow that, Nolan said:
“Funny enough, we had that conversation with Interstellar. There’s incredible footage from space now.”
The other bit of news is that I believe this is the first time it has been confirmed that Star Wars: Episode IX will at least be partially shot on IMAX (and also on film). That’s not really a surprise, as parts of The Force Awakens were shot on IMAX; Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII is expected to shoot on the format, as well.
Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to premiere in theaters in May of 2019. Unless, like Ep. VIII, it’s bumped to December.