Cooke Optics Walks the Red Carpet at the 63rd Annual Golden Globes

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Cooke S4 Prime Lenses capture Major Golden Globe Nominees ”Brokeback Mountain,” “Pride and Prejudice,” “Munich,” “Rome,” and “Entourage”

The final countdown to the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards is officially underway as we are merely hours from seeing many of today’s most recognized celebrities and stars walk the red carpet! Tonight starting at 8pm, the prestigious awards show will be televised live on NBC to acknowledge and pay tribute to Hollywood’s finest. This year, Cooke Optics, a storied name in both the cinemagraphic and the ultra-high-end professional photography markets, is honored to have been the lens of choice of directors of photography for many of this year’s nominees, including the motion pictures Brokeback Mountain, Pride and Prejudice, and Munich, as well as Rome and Entourage, two of HBO’s most popular and successful television series. Once again, Cooke S4 Prime lenses take innovation and prestige to a new level, symbolizing new heights of success and quality in the entertainment industry.

Pride and Prejudice, nominated for Best Musical/Comedy Motion Picture, beautifully illustrates Jane Austen’s timeless romance novel through the use of the Cooke S4 Prime lens. Directed by Joe Wright, this star studded cast includes both Kiera Knightley and Donald Sutherland, bringing this glorious tale back to the big screen for the first time in 65 years. Filmed entirely on location in the UK, Pride and Prejudice stays true to its narrative’s roots as each scene is meticulously crafted with the help of S4 Primes.

Nominated for Best Dramatic Motion Picture as well as for Best Screenplay, Brokeback Mountain captures the heart and soul of Wyoming’s sweeping vistas with the Cooke S4 Primes.

This American love story, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Proulx, was interpreted for the screen by the Hollywood powerhouse duo Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana. Following the lives of two men- a ranch hand and rodeo cowboy- Brokeback Mountain documents the conflicted and entangled love lives of Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist, (Jake Gyllenhaal). With the help of the S4 Primes, this complicated and complex tale provides its audience with a deeper look into the hardships of love in its purest form during the 1960’s in America’s heartland.

Munich, directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Tony Kushner and Eric Roth, is a major contender in the run for Best Director and Best Screenplay at this year’s 63rd Golden Globes. Shot with Cooke’s trustworthy and ever popular S4 Primes, Munich presents an authentic documentation of the terrorist attacks on 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany. Based entirely on the actual events of the unprecedented attacks, this emotional film brings to life the terrible tragedies embedded within these Olympic Games. By using the Cooke S4 Prime Lenses, the intensely secret and widely unknown aftermath of this historic event is exposed to audiences worldwide.

Also shot using premier Cooke S4 Primes, HBO’s two hit series Rome and Entourage will make their Golden Globe debuts as nominees for Best Dramatic Television Series and Best Musical/Comedy Television Series.

Rome, created by John Milius, William Macdonald and Bruno Heller, seamlessly transports its viewers back in time to 52 BC during the height of the Roman Empire. With the assistance of the Cooke S4 Prime lenses, the authenticity of ancient Rome rings true as its powerful history is revealed. Similarly, Entourage, known for its comedic interpretation of Mark Wahlberg’s rise to fame, relies on the use of the S4 Primes to bring both humor and realism to the screen. As this critically acclaimed series heads into its third season, Cooke Optics is proud to be on board.    

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 multi-coating, providing what’s known in the cine realm as the “Cooke Look” – a lush, velvety appearance with rich warm colors.

“On behalf of Cooke Optics, I would like to extend my congratulations to all of this year’s Golden Globe nominees,” noted Les Zellan, President of Cooke Optics. “Providing a visually stunning result in any genre of cinematography, the Cooke S4 Prime Lens has the ability to both capture the attention of audiences through its striking impressions as well as fully communicate a director’s vision to the screen. Cooke Optics is honored that its S4 Primes were able to capture many of this year’s nominated productions, a testament to our commitment to excellence,” concluded Zellan.

Cooke Optics’ S4 Prime Lenses have received a 1998 Cinec Award, a 1999 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Engineering 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.

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 world’s most respected 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. Recent box office releases shot with Cooke lenses include Brokeback Mountain, Casanova, Munich, Jarhead, The Wedding Crashers, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Ray, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

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