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The movie was shot on film
Though shooting digital is pretty much the norm these days, helmer Gary Ross felt that using a digital camera could actually hamper the film's tight production schedule. The 55-year-old director (his first movie was 1988's "Big" starring Tom Hanks) also just prefers shooting on good old-fashioned celluloid, as he pointed out.
"The new Alexa, which is the only [digital] camera I was really interested in - I hear the Red Epic is great, but I haven't shot that. The new Alexa was coming online [but] I didn't kind of want to beta test a camera on my movie when I had such a tight production schedule and I was getting buried by rainstorms and mudslides," said Ross of the "film vs. digital" question. "And I had [to] drive an hour into the location and an hour out. And I lost an hour and a half to lunch, because we had to hike up and down mountains and things like that. So the idea that I might run into digital snafus along the way was just too risky for me in the production schedule. And plus, I love shooting on film."