Cooke Primes bring magical realism to the screen in The Water Man

Matt Lloyd ASC CSC has used Cooke Optics S4/i prime lenses extensively since they first came out – including the pilot for the limited television series Fargo. But in discussions with director, producer and actor David Oyelowo, they both knew that the look of The Water Man would need to be more majestic than a spherical lens … Read more

Cooke adds to Full Frame family with two Varotal/i FF zoom lenses and Panchro/i Classic FF range

Cooke Optics has announced the launch of two exciting additions to its expanding range of Full Frame lenses. Two new Varotal/i FF zoom lenses bring leading-edge modern design and materials to this historic line of zoom lenses that were first seen in 1971, while the extensive Panchro/i Classic FF range offers the beloved vintage Speed … Read more

Power Book III: Raising Kanan takes a look back to the 1990s with Cooke lenses

In the 1990s, almost every DP in New York was using the Cooke Optics S4/i for commercials, music videos, and independent features, according to Aaron Medick, one of the DPs on Power Book III: Raising Kanan, who also became lead DP  in the second season for Power Book II: Ghost after starting as B camera/Steadicam operator and moving up to DP for Power, which launched the franchise for cable and streaming service Starz. So, it should come … Read more

DYNAMIC opens new office in Leipzig, Germany

DYNAMIC has announced the launch of a new European location. “After months of planning we are pleased to say our new office in Leipzig, Germany will be operational from July 2021,” said CEO Austin Rios. “What started as a search for a ‘Brexit Solution’ blossomed into a fully-fledged DYNAMIC staffed office.” With this new office … Read more

Unusual Lenses

Lead image: Kevin Brari and 1st AC Lukas Fahnert shooting Lost in Time. (Photo: Steffen Schmitz) LENSES WITH CHARACTER Unusual bokeh, interesting flares, aberrations at the edges of frame – these are some of the artefacts which lens manufacturers once strove to suppress, but which are now prized by filmmakers seeking a unique look. Five … Read more

Jose Luis Bernal AEC chooses Cooke Anamorphic/i SF for second season of HIERRO

Following the worldwide success of its 2019 debut, the second season of HIERRO recently premiered on Movistar + in Spain, once again featuring the photography of cinematographer Jose Luis Bernal AEC who this time relied on Cooke Anamorphic/i SF (Special Flair) lenses to create a new look for the series. Created by brothers Pepe and … Read more

Cooke S7/i Full Frame Plus lenses add visual clarity to Behind Her Eyes

Cinematographer Felix Wiedemann, BSC chose Cooke Optics’ S7/i Full Frame Plus prime lenses to shoot Behind Her Eyes, a six-part mystery-drama for Netflix. Based on the eponymous novel by Sarah Pinborough, the story follows Louise, a single mum with a son and a part-time job in a psychiatrist’s office. Louise begins an affair with her … Read more

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar with Cooke Anamorphic/i Special Flair Prime and Zoom Lenses

DP Toby Oliver, ACS (Australian Cinematographers Society) and director Josh Greenbaum selected Cooke Optics Anamorphic/i Standard and Special Flair (SF) prime and zoom lenses to tell the story of best friends Barb and Star who leave their small Midwestern town for the first time to go on vacation in Vista Del Mar, Florida, where they … Read more

Cinematographer Mark Patten BSC mixes and matches Cooke lenses from different eras on The Marksman

Robert Lorenz’s movie The Marksman debuted at No. 1 on release in the US and is a title that owes much of its look to DP Mark Patten’s choice of Cooke lenses. As such, it’s not unusual — Cooke Optics’ lenses are a perennially popular choice for productions, especially those looking to maximise the majesty … Read more

Cinematographer Declan Quinn brings decades of Cooke lens experience to A Suitable Boy with S4/i Primes

When it came time to select lenses for the Lookout Point’s six-episode series of Vikram Seth’s bestselling novel A Suitable Boy, DP Declan Quinn knew exactly what he wanted: Cooke Optics’ flagship spherical S4/i primes. Produced to  extremely high production standards and directed by Indian-American filmmaker Mira Nair, A Suitable Boy tells the story of … Read more

Netflix’s Spanish original The Mess You Leave Behind shot with Cooke S7/i Full Frame Plus lenses

The pressure is on: film director Carlos Montero writes the novel, The Mess You Leave Behind, imagining every scene and character as he writes, and not too far in time after that, he calls cinematographer Isaac Vila to let him know that the project will be taken to the screen and shaped into an eight-episode … Read more

Camerimage Silver Frog winner DP Rauno Ronkainen’s technical breakdown of Helene

New on the #shotoncooke curated motion gallery is Camerimage main competition Silver Frog winner, director of photography Rauno Ronkainen, with a selected sequence, technical breakdown and testimonial from Ronkainen on the feature film Helene. Helene is is a story about the life of famous Finnish painter Helene Schjerfbeck (who lived between 1862 – 1946). The … Read more

Cooke Panchro/i Classic brings vintage look to Fugitive Dreams

For cinematographer Peter Simonite, ASC, CSC lensing the drama Fugitive Dreams meant needing a vintage look — but a look that was also consistent between lenses. To accomplish this, he chose the Cooke Optics Panchro/i Classic to give director and writer Jason Neulander the exact look he wanted for the film. Fugitive Dreams, based on … Read more

Powerful dance sequences help tell the story in Audrey: More Than an Icon

Feature documentary Audrey: More Than an Icon explores the life of Hollywood star, fashion icon and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn through a mixture of interviews, archive footage and narrative scenes. Cinematographer Simona Susnea shares the creative and technical production processes behind the powerful dance sequences inspired by Hepburn’s love of ballet that support the narrative and … Read more

Cooke Panchro/i Classic lenses bring The Chosen to life

Cinematographer Akis Konstantakopoulos GSC mixed natural lighting, handheld camera work and Cooke Panchro/i Classic Prime lenses to bring a natural and informal dimension to The Chosen, a multi-season TV show charting the life of Jesus Christ. “If you normally find Bible projects boring or unrelatable, like I do, this will feel different. And I like … Read more

Book your ticket for Cooke Optics’ ‘DOP Roulette’ event at Camerimage

Cooke Optics brings an element of showbiz to virtual Camerimage 2020 by finishing the festival week with a studio-based experiential event called DOP Roulette. Book a ticket for the event at 6-8pm GMT/7-9pm CST on Friday 20th November and you will meet croupier host, comic actor and impressionist Anil Desai in the Cooke Virtual Casino. … Read more

Cooke Optics’ S7/i full frame plus primes help awaken emotions in I Still Breathe

Following the lift of the first lockdown in London caused by the Covid-19 outbreak in early July, cinematographer Matteo Bangrazi and filmmaker Alfred George Bailey immediately jumped on set with the rest of the team to film I Still Breathe. Relying on Cooke Optics’ S7/i series of lenses for full frame capture on an ARRI … Read more

Legacy of Lies gets blockbuster treatment

“Anamorphic was a must to give us that blockbuster look,” said Rowling who tested a number of lenses based on what would be available from Patriot Rental in the Ukraine for location shooting before choosing Cooke Anamorphic/i zooms. “I knew what the Cooke lenses were capable of [since] I used them on my first anamorphic … Read more

Cooke Optics announces new chairman and CEO

As Cooke Optics chairman, Les Zellan, steps down from the company, and CEO, Robert Howard, retires, Tim Pugh takes over as CEO, while Kees van Oostrum ASC NSC SBC AIC, currently a Cooke Optics board member, becomes non-executive chairman. Cooke, which is among the oldest lens brands to have continuously served the motion picture industry … Read more

Oona Menges / The Host

Amsterdam Secrets Oona Menges / The Host Amsterdam Secrets Oona Menges / The Host BY: Ron Prince “Every single day we had to think on our feet with things changing, but my crew flowed like water, and I am pleased with the work we all did and what we achieved together to get the images … Read more

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