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Panavision April Newsletter

Gods of Egypt

Gods of Egypt are in their 4th week of production, filming at Fox Studios. They are the first feature to film with the new Panavision Primo 70mm lens series. Directed by Alex Proyas (Dark City, The Crow), and Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr. ACS (Die Hard 3, Clash of The Titans). Plot summary


San Andreas

San Andreas, "the first ever 3D earthquake disaster movie" quoted by and starring Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock and Alexandra Daddario (True Detective), is currently testing in Sydney. Filming on Panavision G-Series anamorphic lenses with cinematography by Steve Yedlin (Looper, Carrie).


The Water Diviner

The Water Diviner, a directorial debut by Russell Crowe has wrapped after completing their filming in Turkey last month. Cinematography by Andrew Lesnie ACS,ASC. Filmed using Panavision Primo Primes and Zoom lenses.

Photo: 1st AC Chris Child (top) B cam 1st AC Cameron Gaze (above).

The Melbourne-based production Gallipoli is an 8 episode mini-series that will re-enact 10 months of the Australian forces' World War I campaign in Turkey. Cinematography by Germain McMicking who's filming on Panavision Primo lenses.



Nicole Kidman and Hugo Weaving star in the feature film Strangerland. Cinematography by PJ Dillon and filming on Panavision Primo lenses, both anamorphic and spherical. 

"Nicole Kidman and Joseph Fiennes play a couple whose lives unravel after their two teenage children go missing in the Australian desert. Hugo Weaving plays the cop who leads the investigation." (


Wentworth S3

Wentworth is currently shooting in Melbourne for the upcoming third season. Filming on Panavision Primo prime and zoom lenses with Cinematography by Craig Barden ACS.


Australia: The Story of Us

Cinematographers Garry Philips ACS and Mark Wareham ACS are shooting on Sony F55 cameras with Zeiss MKII primes and Angenieux zoom lenses.


Winners and Losers

Winners and Losers is currently shooting in Melbourne in preparation for the 4th season. Cinematographer Philip Cross ACS will be shooting on Alexas with Angenieux Optimo zoom lenses.


The Water Diviner

The Water Diviner, a directorial debut by Russell Crowe and cinematography by Andrew Lesnie ACS,ASC. Filmed using Panavision Primo Primes and Zoom lenses.



Director and Co-Writer Mark Furmie, and Cinematographer Kieran Fowler have wrapped production on their indie sci-fi feature Terminus.

Kieran describes their process,

       "We chose Panavision Close Focus Primo’s & C-Series anamorphic’s as our main kit and B-series anamorphic’s for a lightweight rig option. From our first creative discussions we always knew we wanted to go anamorphic with Terminus.

       It's a story that has a classic sensibility about it, shrouded in mystery and set amongst vast landscapes of the American countryside. The choice to frame 2:40 anamorphic not only helped create a bigger feel for the location’s and immerse the viewer in a wider frame, but we used what people may call the ‘imperfections of the older lenses’ as an aesthetic choice (Which is something I am seeing more and more in modern cinematography). We loved the classic blue flares from the Panavision anamorphic's, it was our own way of integrating a part of classic sic-fi visual story telling. We also made use of the other unique lens quality’s such as distortion on the wider angles and the softness you sometimes get from going wide open, as apart of our arsenal of visual techniques.

       The Close Focus Primo’s also enabled us to get really close with the actors without the use of diopters, which means we were using less glass in front of the lens and saving time."


Modern Family

Last moth we were fortunate to have the cast and crew of Modern Family out from the USA, where they filmed an Australian holiday in Queensland and Sydney. They filmed for two weeks in Sydney and Queensland. Cinematographer Jim Bagdonas ASC commented on the wonderful experience he had here.

Their gear list included Alexa, Sony F3, Go Pro 3+, Sony EX3 and Canon 5D cameras. Filmed with Panavision Primo and Angenieux zooms.


Subaru commercial

Watch the New 2014 Subaru Impreza TV commercial by Goodoil Films in Melbourne.

Cinematography by Andy Commis ACS and Directed by Matt Murphy.

Filmed on the Phantom Flex and Alexa M with Masterprimes and Optimo Zoom lenses. 


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