"Hugo" provides a series of firsts for Cooke Optics


Last Updated: August 30, 2011 6:15 pm GMT
(Leicester, UK--August 30, 2011) Cooke Optics, the premier manufacturer of precision lenses for the motion picture industry, is proud to share a series of firsts for its lenses on the production of Martin Scorsese’s eagerly anticipated 3D film, "Hugo".

Hugo is the first production to use all three families of Cooke lenses: 5/i, S4/i and Panchro/i. It is also the first major motion picture shot with 5/i lenses (closely followed by Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris) and the first major film to use /i Technology (metadata) and Transvideo CineMonitor HD 3D View /i monitors.

Gregor Tavenner, First Camera Assistant to DP Robert Richardson ASC, said, “We heard about the 5/i lenses, so we decided to take a look at them at Clairmont Camera. They were absolutely gorgeous; they had a beautiful feeling. We ended up taking three sets together with S4/i and Panchros, and what we saw was incredible consistency.”

In an email to Cooke Optics about the 5/i lenses, Tavenner added, “I hope you can feel as proud [of the images] as I do – it’s just a marvellous lens you made! Please show this to those involved with the 5/i project: they need to know how beautiful the images are from their lenses...and in marriage with the Alexa! What a combo.”

Additional ‘firsts’ include the fact that Hugo is the first project shot in 3D by Martin Scorsese and Robert Richardson ASC, and the first major 3D movie shot with ARRI Alexa cameras.

The film is now in the final stages of post and is due for release in late November 2011. A trailer can be viewed at http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/paramount/hugo/

About Cooke Optics, LTD.
Cooke is a storied name in both cinematographic and the ultra-high-end professional photography markets. Known worldwide for their precision, exacting tolerances and superior quality, Cooke lenses are specified by many of the world’s most respected cinematographers. Cooke is also the developer behind /i Technology, the protocol enabling vital lens and camera information to be captured and passed digitally to post-production teams. Features in production or recently shot with Cooke lenses include One Day, Afghan Luke, Hugo Cabret, Midnight in Paris, Red Dog, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Angels and Demons, Hamlet 2, and Frost/Nixon. Television shows in production or recently shot with Cooke lenses include Supernatural, CSI:NY, Trauma, Community, Back, Journeyman, State of Mind, Life, Bones, Grey’s Anatomy, and Entourage.


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