New 'Star Wars' movie is shot in Imax, Bad Robot tweet reveals

"Star Wars: Episode VII" director J.J. Abrams shows off his love for Imax movie cameras in a tweet that makes us long to spot two lost droids in the desert.

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IMAX camera spotted filming the sand dunes of Tatooine... er, Abu Dhabi? Bad Robot

Fans don't need to jump to hyperspace to see what's happening on the film set of "Star Wars: Episode VII." Director J.J. Abrams posted a photo on his official Bad Robot Twitter account this week of an Imax camera capturing footage of sweeping sand dunes, most likely on Luke Skywalker's home planet of Tatooine.

Imax is a film format designed to create particularly epic vistas on-screen, with a taller aspect ratio than movies usually have. In order to see the whole picture, you have to see the movie on a tall Imax-compatible screen.

Whether or not the entire film or just parts of "Episode VII" will be shot in Imax is still unknown, but this is great news for fans who want the ultimate movie-watching experience. After all, Abrams did use the hashtag "#bestformatever" with the photo for good reason.

Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" features several Imax sequences. If you saw the movie in an Imax theater, those sequences appeared taller, taking up more of the screen than the rest of the film. Michael Bay's "Transformers: Edge of Extinction" was shot using Imax's latest 3D, 4K camera, but it's not clear if this is the same one pictured here.

This isn't the first time Abrams has tweeted exclusive sneak peeks from the set. He tweeted the first photo from the first day of shooting "Episode VII," as well as posting a handwritten message placed on top of the Dejarik hologame table -- which fans know is from the beloved Millennium Falcon.

The film opens worldwide on December 18, 2015, but in the meantime fans eager to experience the excitement of production can support Unicef and enter for a chance to win a visit to the set with Star Wars: Force for Change.

 

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