Broadcast News

Bookmark and Share

Cooke Anamorphic/i SF Lens Used On Production

News Image
Cooke Optics' Anamorphic/i SF lenses have been used on the recent production of Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House, it has been revealed.

The lenses are the same as the standard Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses but feature a special coating that accentuates flares, bokeh and other anamorphic aberrations. Adam Kimmel ASC used the new Anamorphic/i SF lenses to shoot the movie which conveys the story of Mark Felt, better known as Deep Throat, the whistle-blower FBI agent who worked with journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to uncover the Watergate scandal.

As Kimmel's first digital feature, he chose to shoot with ARRI Alexa XTs in ARRIRAW. He discussed a wide screen aspect ratio with director Peter Landesman but felt a true 2:40 frame wasn't right for the project. Kimmel subsequently proposed shooting with anamorphics but finishing in a 2:1 aspect ratio.

He explained: "I shot anamorphic but cut the sides, using a smaller part of the sensor. I wasn't concerned with the smaller image size as I wanted a look that reflected the 70s period and stayed away from the more pristine and clean side of the digital world.

"There's a theme of paranoia and isolation that I felt the compression and shallow depth of field of anamorphic lenses would serve well, but I was concerned about the newer lenses being a bit too perfect and modern," he added.

Specialist rental house CamTec Motion Picture Cameras had been asking Cooke to produce a special lens coating for standard Anamorphic/i lenses to add more flare, so Kimmel asked CamTec to run some preliminary tests side-by-side with the standard Cooke coating and the new coating. The tests looked positive, so CamTec sent Kimmel the lenses in Atlanta, and with camera assistant Bobby Mancuso, they took a day to test and compare.

"We looked at older spherical sets as well as the [standard] Cooke Anamorphic/i range, but these modified coating lenses just landed right in between," said Kimmel. "They looked great in a variety of tests that represented the kind of light I wanted to use and really completed the period look we were after. Peter absolutely loved the images from the new coated lenses saying, 'That looks like our movie.' It's hard to put into words the difference the new coated lenses bring because these are images... so it's something that has to be seen. I was looking to find the balance between a 70s period film look and something more accessible, but I didn't want to go as far as vintage lenses – which can be inconsistent within a set – these newly coated lenses gave me the consistency of a matched set of glass but without being too sharp or overly contrasty, and also gave me more texture and flare that worked great with the type of softer light I was using."

Equipped with a set of newly coated Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses – subsequently branded and launched to the wider world as Cooke Anamorphic/i SF (Special Flair) – Kimmel now had the look that he wanted and the tools to help convey a feeling to the audience. The set comprised the 25mm, 32mm, 40mm, 50mm, 65mm MACRO, 75mm, 100mm and 135mm, plus a 2X extender which Kimmel used on the 100mm and 135mm.

Les Zellan, Chairman and Owner, Cooke Optics, said: "The reason for developing the SF coating was to give cinematographers more choice and the opportunity to create interesting images and effects. We're excited to see the first example of work shot with the Anamorphic/i SF range."

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House is a production of Endurance Media, MadRiver Pictures, Playtone, Riverstone Pictures, Scott Free Productions and Torridon Film. It was released worldwide in September 2017.

Solidmate Ltd Memory Card Hire London

Top Related Stories
Click here for the latest broadcast news stories.

Cooke Optics Heads To Media Production Show
At the Media Production Show in London, 13 – 14 June, Cooke Optics will unveil two new lens ranges in the UK for the first time. Launched at NAB 2017,
Cooke S7/i Lenses Bring Full Frame Elegance To Fresh Adaption Of Romeo & Juliet
An ambitious new modern take on Romeo & Juliet, where a theatre rehearsal and performance gradually morph into heightened reality, was captured by cin
Cooke Optics To Unveil S7/i Full Frame Plus Lenses
At NAB 2017, Booth C5414, Cooke Optics will launch its S7/i Full Frame Plus prime lens range. The range is designed to cover the emergent full frame c
New Sigma Lens Mount Converter Expands High-Performance Lens Options
The Sigma Corporation of America has announced the release of its new high-performance Sigma Global Vision lens converter – the Mount Converter MC 11 
Vintage Cooke Speed Panchro Lenses Bring Nostalgic Look To The Sixth Reel
With a film featuring a more mature cast, set in the world of movie memorabilia, The Sixth Reel's Director of Photography Jendra Jarnagin immediately
Cooke Optics To Present First Look At Iconic Panchro Lens At IBC 2009
At IBC 2009, Cooke Optics will unveil the first working prototype of the highly anticipated Panchro By Cooke lens. The PL mounted lens for 35mm film a
AJA FS-HDR Helps FOX Sports Deliver Cinematic Look
Achieving a post-produced look in live television is the ultimate goal, but demands the right combination of technology and engineering expertise, and
Canon introduces two new HD lenses at NAB
Recognising the rapid expansion of HD camera system options from multiple manufacturers, Canon has unveiled two new HD studio lenses, the DIGISUPER 22
Cooke Optics To Unveil Lens Developments At IBC 2017
Cooke Optics has announced it will bring its latest lens developments to Stand 12.D10 at IBC 2017, including the S7/i and Panchro/i Classic ranges as
PS-Zoom 35-70 CS – New Videos Available
Since the product launch P+S Technik is proud of its lens with character. Many projects have been realized with this lens. Cinematographers make their
Angénieux Announces New Zoom Lens Series
Ahead of IBC2017, Angénieux has announced a new zoom lens series. Designed for Super 35mm (S35) and Full Frame/VV (FF/VV) cameras, the new Angenieux T
ARRI Rental To Exhibit ALEXA 65 Lens Range At Cine Gear
ARRI Rental is showcasing its range of full-coverage 65 mm format lenses at Cine Gear 2017 in Los Angeles. With the popularity of ARRI Rental's exclus
Cooke Optics To Unveil Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus Lens
Cooke Optics is to present not only a standard Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus lens, but also - for the first time anywhere – an Anamorphic/i Full Frame
Cooke Adds 35mm-140mm Zoom Lens To Anamorphic/i SF Family
Cooke Optics has announced the addition of a 35mm-140mm zoom lens to its Anamorphic/i SF family, due to the demand of cinematographers around the worl
Few Lens Optics For Decades, Then Came The Large Digital Sensors
As software takes control of virtually every production and delivery function, cameras and lenses have reached the stage of looking magnificent as the