"I wanted to test the Sony Venice camera and various lenses, including the Cooke S7/i for IMAX and giant screen projects. For Venice: La Serenissima, we used the Cooke S7/i Full Frame lenses extensively. It became not just my favourite, but my first AC and camera operator’s favourite lenses as well. Even in D.I. we all gravitated more to the images that were shot on Cooke.
We played around with the Cooke’s shallow DOF shooting wide open—something I would not normally do on an IMAX film—but we wanted to get a sense of its character and it’s really beautiful. In our portraits and shots on the canals you can see the texture and quality of the bokeh. The look was seductive. We saw a really nice balance with the S7/i lenses especially shooting the canals with a lot of white marble and turquoise water.
The feel of the Cooke fit my idea of Venice. The look feels vintage without being vintage; legant and full of dimension; modern yet natural, like the eye sees as opposed to something more stylized and geometric. With the type of filming I do for IMAX and giant screens, like my current project, Cuba, I gravitate to what my eye sees naturally—the Cooke Look.”