Cooke Optics a Winner at the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards

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Best motion picture drama Brokeback Mountain uses Cooke S4 Prime Lenses to capture the heart and soul of Wyoming’s sweeping vistas.

When director Ang Lee’s haunting and bittersweet adaptation of E. Annie Proulx's story Brokeback Mountain took home the hardware as the Best Motion Picture Drama at the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, it represented yet another “win” for Cooke S4 Prime lenses, which continue to be chosen by many of Hollywood’s most successful and respected directors of photography and cinematographers.

Cooke Optics, a leader 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.

Brokeback Mountain stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as young cowboys hired to work cattle on the title location. Cooke S4 Primes proved up to the challenges of shooting a motion picture that is so dependent upon the wide open, outdoor vistas of Wyoming, while at the same time portraying a very touching and tender personal story. 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.

“When Hollywood comes calling, Cooke answers the call with superb, precision lenses that bring the director and cinematographer’s vision to life,” said Les Zellan, President of Cooke Optics.

Cooke lenses are specified by many of Hollywood’s most successful and respected directors of photography and cinematographers to shoot scores of of the most acclaimed and profitable motion pictures seen on the big screen every year. Recent big screen releases shot using Cooke lenses include Jarhead, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and The Wedding Crashers. Cooke lenses consistently take innovation and prestige to a new level, symbolizing new heights of success and quality in the entertainment industry.

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 the cast and crew of Brokeback Mountain and to all of this year’s Golden Globe nominees,” noted Zellan. “Cooke Optics is especially honored that its S4 Primes were able to capture and fully communicate director Ang Lee’s vision to the screen.”

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.

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