5 Recent Films You Didn’t Know Were Shot on Film

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In the age of all things digital, a lot of people think all film cameras disappeared with pagers, home telephones, and The Spice Girls. Dark rooms, toner, dodging and burning, and all of the other things you used to spend hours in the dark room doing, however, didn’t end at the end of the millennium. In fact, there have been many independent and larger name films that weren’t fully digital in the last

Django Unchained

Django Unchained, the story of a freed slave setting out to rescue his wife from a heinous plantation owner in the old south, was shot predominantly on 35mm film. This film took 130 days to make and is recorded as Tarantino’s longest time shooting for one film.

Beasts of the Southern Wild

If you watched the Oscars in 2012, might recall hearing about Beast of the Southern Wild more than once. The story of a six year old plagued by an absent father and a fantasy world being threatened by melting ice caps, many parts of this movie were shot on film.

Les Miserables

Vive le film. One of France’s most celebrated stories, the most recent rendition of Les Mis to film in 2012 was shot in part on film. According to Backstage.com, “the scene everyone found out Anne Hathaway can sing” was shot on 35mm

Jurassic World

While it’s not surprising that film was used in the first two chapters of Jurassic Park, its latest chapter released in 2015 also used film. To create the dinosaur theme park world, the team used a combination of KODAK 35mm and 65mm film as well as Red Dragon 6K digital.


Agro tells the story of victims trying to escape a hostage crisis in Iran. Based on a true story, the hostages pose as a film crew shooting in Iran, hoping to slip through customs and make it safely to Canada. The film’s cinematographer, Rodrigo Prieto, said they used different formats to show the audience where they were in time and place, as the film cut between several cities and time periods.

At Seattle Film Institute, all of our students from actors to directors get the chance to shoot a few projects on film. If you’re interested in learning more about film or getting your hands on an old school reel, visit our website today!