Updating an Icon: The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven is a classic of American cinema. John Sturges’ 1960 Western, itself a reimagining of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 film Seven Samurai, was photographed by Charles B. Lang, Jr., ASC in the 35mm anamorphic format using Panavision lenses.

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McDonough Brings Anamorphic Look to Fear the Walking Dead

In Fear the Walking Dead, AMC’s spinoff to the hit series The Walking Dead, the zombie apocalypse has just begun to affect Los Angeles. In the six-episode first season, L.A. residents try to survive as the military loses containment and the power grid goes down. Leading up to the pilot, cinematographer Michael McDonough, ASC, BSC saw an opportunity to employ the anamorphic format for a series.

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Panavision Designs Lenses for Mindel on Star Wars: The Force Awakens

When J.J. Abrams and Dan Mindel, ASC, BSC took on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, they knew they were handling a cultural touchstone. As they did with Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, they wanted to respect the antecedent while making a great, entertaining film for today’s audiences. So when it came to choosing format, lenses and the right look, they began by researching how the original Star Wars films were made.

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Anthony Dod Mantle Counts on Panavision to Survive the Deluge In the Heart of the Sea

In the winter of 1820, the crew of the whaling ship Essex battled a monster – a massive sperm whale driven by aggression and vengeance that wreaked havoc upon them. The survivors then battled storms, despair and each other while trying to hunt it down. This shockingly real maritime event inspired Herman Melville to write “Moby-Dick.” Nearly 150 years later, Nathaniel Philbrick's book on the subject, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, inspired director Ron Howard to bring the story to the screen.

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