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The Hunt for Red October Lenses?


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#1 Jayson Crothers

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 09:58 AM

A bit of a random question, but I'm away from home and can't recall if "The Hunt for Red October" was ever covered by AC or ICG.

Does anyone happen to know what lenses were used for the film?
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 11:00 AM

This movie was released back in 1990 when AC magazine was not as well edited -- they made some strange choices, like in this case: they only had an article on the post sound for "Red October".

Anyway, the movie was shot on Panavision anamorphic lenses, most likely C-series for all the Steadicam work, which is a lot of the movie. I also read elsewhere that Jan DeBont used the Panaflasher on the movie to lower contrast (McTiernan liked that look) and you can tell some sort of Fog-type filters are being used in the Red October submarine scenes (maybe a 1/4 Fog or Low-Con).

I may have read an article in the now-defunct Film & Video magazine about the movie, or something even more obscure, like Lighting Dimensions.

As for film stock, the movie was shot in 1989, the year that Kodak replaced 5294 & 5295 (both 400T but '95 was the finer-grained "bluescreen" stock that some people used for whole features) with EXR 500T 5296, so it could have used any of those three... but my guess would be '96.
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#3 Jayson Crothers

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Posted 24 January 2009 - 04:19 PM

Thanks David!
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