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Catch 22 Chooses Cooke S4/i Prime Lenses


Cooke.logo.3Directed by Grant Heslov, Ellen Kuras and George Clooney, the Hulu six-episode miniseries Catch 22 cinematographer Martin Ruhe relied on two sets of Cooke Optics’ S4/i prime lenses matched with two ARRI ALEXA Mini cameras to capture this latest on screen version, which premiered on May 17th.

Martin Ruhe filming Catch 22
Martin Ruhe filming Catch 22

Ruhe’s goal was to contrast the aerial scenes and the ground scenes. To do that, he made use of two identical sets of Cooke S4/i prime lenses — 14mm, 18mm, 21mm, 25mm, 32mm, 40mm, 50mm, 65mm, 75mm, 100mm and 135mm focal lengths — shooting with the ARRI ALEXA Mini’s Super 35mm (2.8K) sensor in ARRI Raw 16:9, which would later be finished in 4K HDR.

Martin Ruhe filming Catch 22
Martin Ruhe filming Catch 22

For Ruhe, one of the standout scenes for the S4/i was in episode six. “I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but there’s a scene that was entirely shot with the 32. It’s so close to the faces and so intimate, which I love. You’ll have to see it to understand it, but every DP out there will know what I’m talking about when they watch that episode. It just looks great.”

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