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As studios push for the complete overhaul of America's movie theaters with complete digital domination, filmmakers have consistently pushed back for their art form, and Colin Trevorrow is the latest to get in on that battle for creative control.

At a Sundance Film Festival press conference, Trevorrow offered his take on why he prefers shooting on film over a digital camera, and it seems like it all has to do with period pieces.

“There’s something in my brain that says, ‘well they didn’t have video cameras then.'"

His biggest project following Jurassic World is Star Wars: Episode IX, which will be the second sequel in the latest trilogy. He joked around with panelists that his same ideology for film supports his decision to shoot Episode IX on film.

"It’s a period film. It happened a long time ago."

Variety confirms that he will follow in the footsteps of J.J. Abrams, who opted to shoot Stars Wars: The Force Awakens on 35mm and 65mm film stock (the latter was later printed and blown up to 70mm).

Also on the panel, director Christopher Nolan hit back at claims that digital will eventually take over because it's cheaper and easier. He calls on directors to prevent film from going the way of vinyl by constantly speaking up and demanding that their artistic choices be heard.

"There needs to be a choice. As a medium it will continue to exist. It has to continue to exist. It’s pointless to pretend it has to go away."

Considering The Force Awakens was such a glorious sight to behold, I trust the minds behind these movies to make the right calls for the rest of the trilogy.

(Source: Variety)


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