The latest season of the long-running British drama series Midsomer Murders is being shot with uncoated Cooke miniS4/i lenses, supplied by VMI. Now in its 19th season, Midsomer Murders, produced by Bentley Productions for ITV, documents the investigation of grisly murders that take place in the otherwise idyllic and quintessentially English region of Midsomer. It is one of the highest rated TV dramas on British television, and has been sold around the world.
DP Colin Noel says there are certain locations that a cinematographer dreams of shooting and, for him a Ferris wheel at night is one of them. When the music video concept of Hartford, Connecticut-based Bronze Radio Return’s Only Temporary was presented to him, it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.
Thales Angenieux, in collaboration with Band Pro Film & Digital and Jebsen Industrial Technology has introduced the Angénieux Type EZ Series, two fast and lightweight zoom lenses integrating an innovative modular Interchangeable Rear Optics design to cover S35 mm and larger image formats.
Responding to the ongoing high demand for Cooke Optics’ vintage Speed Panchro lenses from the 1920s-1960s, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television will re-introduce new Panchro Classics using the original design but with PL mounts for modern cameras. The Cooke Panchro Classic line is scheduled to ship next year.
Carl Zeiss was born September 11, 1816 in the town of Weimar, Germany. The mechanic opened a small workshop for precision mechanics and optics in Jena in 1846, laying the foundation for today’s global technology player Zeiss. "Without these achievements and the intellectual legacy of its founding father, Zeiss would not be as successful as it is today," said Dr. Michael Kaschke, president and CEO of Carl Zeiss AG. This year the company will celebrate the 200th birthday of its founder with many different activities and events.
Cinematographer Stefan Duscio recently finished shooting Greg McLean’s psychological thriller Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Survival, based on Yossi Ghinsberg’s memoir. The film recounts Ghinsberg’s 1982 journey through the Amazon where he ended up alone for three weeks before being found and rescued. Jungle stars Daniel Radcliffe in an Arclight Films production, directed by Greg McLean and lensed by Stefan Duscio.
When Luke Sauer, veteran director of photography of reality television production, including Wives with Knives and I (Almost) Got Away with It, was selected to shoot the Lasso he knew it would involve a lot of night shoots. Lasso, a survive the night thriller directed by Evan Cecil, centers around senior community center workers Kit (Lindsey Morgan) and Simon (Andrew Jacobs), whose lives are turned upside when they find themselves fighting to stay alive against a group of bloodthirsty cowboys from the local rodeo. Lasso is his first feature project. Currently in post-production, the film is slated for an early 2017 release.
The Hallmark Movies & Mysteries modern day TV western JL Ranch spent this past winter shooting on location in Kentucky presenting director Charles Robert Carner and DP Kris Kimlin with an array of often-unexpected challenges. Facing snow, rain, mud, and temperatures ranging from -11°F to +50°F Kimlin relied heavily on his Cooke S4/i lens package consisting of 18mm, 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm, and 100mm focal lengths on an Alexa digital camera. “We didn’t expect the elements, so we had to embrace them,” said Kimlin.
To capture the danger, excitement and beauty of a racing competition that has been around for a century a team of young, innovative and resourceful filmmakers and builders worked together to mold a story around an up-and-coming star in the motorsport field and give audiences a riveting, personal look at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Cooke Optics has introduced its second front Anamorphic/i zoom lens, the 45-405mm zoom. In addition, the 35-140mm Anamorphic/i wide angle zoom is expected to start shipping over the summer. The 45-405mm T4.5-22, front Anamorphic/i zoom lens has preliminary specifications featuring 9x zoom front anamorphic, 5’10” MOD from image plane and 3’11” close focus from the front of the lens. True to Cooke style, the color and contrast will match the rest of the series.