Cooke Lenses Capture the Witchcraft and Wizardry of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"

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Cinematographer Roger Pratt used Cooke S4 Prime Lenses to shoot "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," which had a strong Thanksgiving holiday weekend with box office receipts of $54.9 million.

Coming off a strong Thanksgiving holiday weekend with box office receipts of $54.9 million, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” further reinforced its position as the top US film and according to estimates, soared over the $200 million mark in its initial 10-day total. With a dedicated following, millions of Harry Potter fans of all ages and all across the country took advantage of the long weekend and stood in line at their favorite theatre to see the boy wizard in his latest adventure. In this pivotal fourth installment of a seven-part tale, Roger Pratt, director of photography, chose Cooke’s innovative S4 Prime lenses to capture Harry Potter’s training as a wizard and his coming of age.

Cooke S4 Primes, renowned for their quality and precision, include focal lengths of 14, 16, 18, 21, 25, 27, 32, 35, 40, 50, 65, 75, 100, 135mm and the recently introduced 180mm with a close focus of only 4’3.” All focal lengths are color balanced, achieving excellent contrast and resolution over the full Super 35 format. Cooke S4 Primes give excellent definition in low light or shadow and warm image under all external, arc, or fluorescent lighting and feature Cooke’s acclaimed multicoating, providing what’s known in the cine realm as the “Cooke Look” – a lush, velvety appearance with rich warm colors.

In his fourth adventure, Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush, and find out about the mysterious event that’s supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. Unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal –even by wizarding standards.

“Cooke S4 Primes, known for their precision, quality and ability to produce warm, soft colors, were the ideal choice for Roger Pratt for shooting the ‘Goblet of Fire,'” said Les Zellan, President of Cooke Optics Limited. “With a compelling story that attracted and spawned millions of fans worldwide, Pratt needed a lens capable of conveying that story visually. Capturing the attention of audiences through flawless and stunning cinematography, Cooke S4s proved that they were up to the task,” concluded Zellan.

Cooke Optics’ S4 Prime Lenses have received a 1998 Cinec Award, a 1999 Academy of Motion Pictures & Sciences Award for Optical and Mechanical Design, a 2000 Prime Time Emmy Award from the Academy of Arts & Sciences for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development and in 2001, two Queen’s Awards for Innovation and International Trade. Cooke lenses have been precision crafted in Leicester, England since 1894. That year, the Cooke legacy of innovative lens design began and has continued throughout the 20th century, from still photography through the development of acclaimed Cooke cine and television lenses. Today, state-of-the-art award-winning Cooke 35mm prime and zoom lenses are the premier lens choice for cinematography.

This is Pratt’s second affiliation with Harry Potter as he also was the cinematographer for “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” which was released in 2002.

Cooke is a storied name in both cinemagraphic and the ultra-high-end professional photography markets. Known worldwide for their precision, exacting tolerances and superior quality, Cooke lenses are specified by many of the most respected directors of photography and cinematographers in Hollywood. Cooke S4 Prime lenses, acclaimed for their unique mechanical design and extraordinary photographic qualities, have been used to shoot several of the most legendary and visually beautiful motion pictures of all time, both in Hollywood and internationally. Other recent box office releases shot with Cooke lenses include "Jarhead, "Red Eye," "The Wedding Crashers," "Wimbledon," "Neverland," "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," "Ray," "Bridget Jones’s Diary," "Chicago," "Under the Tuscan Sun," "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" and the extraordinarily beautiful "Girl With a Pearl Earring."

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