It’s official! Star Wars: Episode VII begins filming today. A report published at 9:50 PM on May 15 from Gulf News stated that filming would begin today and continue for the next two weeks in Abu Dhabi. A few hours later, Bad Robot tweeted the following picture of an official clapperboard at 1:04 AM.
Given the report from Gulf News, we can assume the sand on the board means that they are in fact recording at Abu Dhabi. The clapperboard features J.J. Abrams as the director and Dan Mindela as the cinematographer. The official title for the film remains unknown.
ND 6 bringing down two stops to a 5.6 stop. Probably long anamorphic lens on close up. 5.6 is a high stop for spherical lenses, but ok for slow anamorphics, especially if looking for more depth of field on close ups. If shooting on 200 ASA film stock, base exposure at 11 might indicate a lot of light and it’s an exterior. You’re welcome, nerds.
Star Wars Episode 7 also delivers some insight on the matter.
AL40 – name and number of the shot (let the speculations begin)
N(D 0.)6 – filter of the lens
5.8 – focal length of the lens
36 – number of the scene
How excited are you that this is finally happening? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
UPDATED, 5/16/2014, 11:32 AM:
The official Star Wars Twitter account tweeted this picture of Pinewood Studios!
Star Wars (@starwars) May 16, 2014