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#1 Austin Mitchell

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 07:58 AM

Does anyone have any information on the range of focal lengths Kubrick used for A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket, The Shining, and Eyes Wide Shut? What sort of focal length did Kubrick use for close-ups?

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#2 Mark Dunn

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:31 AM

Most of your answers are in the films- perspective, DOF and so on give a clue. One sees in stills from 'Barry Lyndon' a very long lens on an Arri 2C in the battle scene- it's probably the 24-480 he had made. There's also the Zeiss 50mm/0.7 on a rebuilt Mitchell NC for the candlelit scenes and an adapter which gave an EFL of 36.5mm.
http://www.visual-me...c/len/page1.htm
I think there's a piece by John Alcott on that site.

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#3 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 12:34 PM

Don't forget the 9.8mm kinoptic used for some very wide angle tracking shots in the record store in "Clockwork Orange" .
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:50 PM

Thanks for the info guys. I have always wondered just how wide Kubrick went in certain situations on different films. The 9.8mm in the record store is very interesting. I am guessing that similar tracking shots of Tom Cruise in Eyes Wide Shut are not quite that wide.
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#5 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:52 PM

Watch Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures. That will give you more than a little insight into the man and his films.
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