Working with Anamorphic Lenses – Dan Mindel ASC, BSC, SASC

On the latest episode of CookeOpticsTV, cinematographer Dan Mindel talks about his experience working with anamorphic lenses.

Dan’s resume is about as impressive as it gets. Here are just some of the films he has worked on:

  • 2019 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (post-production)
  • 2018 Pacific Rim: Uprising (director of photography)
  • 2018 The Cloverfield Paradox (director of photography)
  • 2016 Zoolander 2 (director of photography)
  • 2015 Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (director of photography)
  • 2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (director of photography)
  • 2013 Star Trek Into Darkness (director of photography)
  • 2012 Savages (director of photography)
  • 2012 John Carter (director of photography)
  • 2009 Star Trek (director of photography)
  • 2007 Cutlass (Short) (director of photography)
  • 2006 Mission: Impossible III (director of photography)
  • 2005 Domino (director of photography)
  • 2005 The Skeleton Key (director of photography)
  • 2004 Tooth Fairy (Short) (director of photography)
  • 2003 Stuck on You (director of photography)
  • 2001 Spy Game (director of photography)
  • 2000 Killer Pink (Short) (as Daniel Mindel)
  • 2000 Sand (as Dan Mindell, photographed by)
  • 2000 Shanghai Noon (director of photography)
  • 1998 Enemy of the State (director of photography)

Dan talks about using Panavision Primo anamorphic lenses and how a lot of cinematographers when they first came out they were afraid to use them because they were so sharp and contrasty. He also talks extensively about why he thinks audiences expect to see a widescreen projection when they go to the movies.

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