How DP Si Bell evolved the visuals for Peaky Blinders 5

Evolving The Visuals Si Bell / Peaky Blinders 5 Evolving The Visuals Si Bell / Peaky Blinders 5 Header image: Photographer – Matt Squire © Caryn Mandabach Productions Ltd. 2019 The period gangster epic Peaky Blinders is an established global hit drama and not one that showrunner Steven Knight is going to alter lightly. Yet … Read more

Cooke Lens Systems depict different worlds for David Makes Man and The Perfection

David Makes Man is the first TV series written by Tarell Alvin McCraney, who won an Academy Award for co-writing the 2017 Best Picture winner Moonlight based on his play, “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue”. McCraney, serving as the series executive producer along with Michael B. Jordan and Oprah Winfrey, tells a semi-autobiographical story … Read more

Cooke Anamorphic/i primes help make Vice visually sing

Over the 50 years chronicled in Adam McKay’s Vice, cinematographer Greig Fraser ACS ASC had the challenges of photographing actors playing characters twice their age – with intense prosthetics, make-up and hair – whilst also making a potentially dull series of office-based scenes into a visually interesting story for audiences. To accomplish this feat, Fraser … Read more

Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses bring cinematic look to Doctor Who

Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses have brought a new cinematic look to latest series of BBC1’s Doctor Who. Cinematographer Denis Crossan BSC and director Jamie Childs shot the first episode that set the look and feel for the new series, which began its run on 7 October 2018. “I had worked with Jamie before on Next Of … Read more

Cooke Optics launches Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus range at IBC 2018

Cooke Optics will add further depth and character to its acclaimed Cooke Anamorphic/i lens family at IBC 2018, when it presents the 50mm focal length of the new Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus range. This addition to the Anamorphic/i range has been designed to meet the growing appetite for large format production, while applying the popular … Read more

First use of Cooke Anamorphic/I SF lenses on Mark Felt

Cooke Optics has revealed the first use of its Anamorphic/i SF lenses. The lenses are the same as standard Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses but feature a special coating that accentuates flares, bokeh and other Anamorphic aberrations. Adam Kimmel ASC used the brand new Anamorphic/i SF lenses to shoot Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The … Read more

Cooke presents collection of lenses at Camerimage 2017

Cooke Optics, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, will bring a coveted collection of its latest lenses to this year’s Camerimage Festival, where the company will exhibit alongside Digital Sputnik. On show will be the new S7/i Full Frame Plus lenses on a RED Digital 8k Vista Vision Camera. The … Read more

Blood Runs Thick through Cooke Anamorphic/I Lenses

Regardless of budget, every director and DP wants their film to look its best. That was no different with Blood Runs Thick, a low-budget, indie horror feature from director Romane Simon, lensed by LA-based Nik Shaw, with Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses selected for the production. “Cookes are my favourite Anamorphic lenses,” said Shaw. “I especially like … Read more

Cooke Anamorphic/i Lenses bring a cinematic look to final Broadchurch series

The third and final series of ITV’s acclaimed TV crime drama Broadchurch, produced by Kudos, Imaginary Friends and Sister Pictures, was shot using Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses by cinematographer Carlos Catalan. The unusual decision to shoot a TV drama Anamorphically was taken to make the most of the wide vistas of the coastal setting, and to … Read more

Filmscape eyes latest anamorphic advances

Camera specialist Filmscape has taken delivery of a selection of new Anamorphic lensing options from Cooke, ARRI, Kowa and Lomo. The Cooke Anamorphic/i family has garnered praise for its precision and versatility, and the ARRI Master range is particularly suited to 35mm format use. The Lomo/Hawk lens set offers all the characteristics of classic Anamorphic … Read more

Jungle  thriller puts Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses to the test

Cooke Optics has released details of how the forthcoming film Jungle, based on Yossi Ghinsberg’s memoir, “Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Survival”, was shot using its Anamorphic/i lenses. 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 … Read more