Undeniable Fact About AOTC #29: It Was The First Film Shot Entirely In High-Def

While one of the later Friday the 13th flicks was shot on high-definition video and released prior to AOTC, AOTC shot first (har har). There were a few TPM scenes done as test shots with an earlier high definition video camera but the rest of it was shot on regular film. AOTC broke new technical ground and helped clear the way for digital cinema, which I still think is the future in spite of today’s Gen X/hipster infatuation with retro tech. So there.

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7 Responses to “Undeniable Fact About AOTC #29: It Was The First Film Shot Entirely In High-Def”

  1. mctiller Says:

    Most are shot digitally now, and this film proved how it could work.

  2. madmediaman Says:

    Very few films are actually shot on celluloid any more as hi-def is virtually indistinguishable from film (I know I’ve worked with both formats) with a DP who knows what they are actually doing.

  3. madmediaman Says:

    BTW the past three Academy Award winners for Cinematography were all shot digitally: Gravity, Life of Pi, and Hugo.

  4. Adam D. Bram (The Nilbog) Says:

    Robert Rodriguez was shown the high-def digital cameras by Lucas personally, which inspired RR to finally adapt Sin City (And while I’ll blame no one for being uncomfortable with aspects of the subject matter, you can’t deny that movie wasn’t impressively and beautifully shot in its own way.)

  5. Hunk a Junk Says:

    The reason Episode VII is being shot on film instead of HD is purely about marketing and perception. JJ knows that the loudest, most annoying f***s of the Internet are the “old school, digital anything sucks” purists and he wants to shut that crap down. I guarantee if given truth serum JJ would confess he thinks shooting digital is just fine. But, whatever, who says Star Wars has to push the boundaries of filmmaking anymore.

  6. Eduardo Jencarelli Says:

    This whole digital vs. film debate only helped to show how stubborn and defensive cinematographers and their union can be.

    Look at any such debate. You usually have a grey-haired cinematographer over 60 vehemently defending film’s superiority without coherent argument, using the old excuse of film grain.

    • lazypadawan Says:

      It reminds me of a time when I had the radio on a local classic rock station and the DJ, an older guy with a smoker’s voice, was talking about how he preferred the warm sound of a vinyl record over CDs (this was before MP3s/digital downloads). Vinyl is enjoying some kind of retro/hipster comeback now but my memories of records consist of skips, scratches, and having to flip the darn thing over to keep listening to music.

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