Sony Pixel Power calrec Sony

The Circle Is Complete

17/05/2022

In February 2019, director J.J. Abrams called Cut! for the last time during principal photography of the ninth chapter of the long-running Star Wars saga. Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker concludes the third trilogy in the series the trilogy that began with the Abrams-directed Episode VII The Force Awakens, released in December 2015. That film continued the story of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) while also introducing a new generation of heroes and villains, including Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), respectively.

Cinematographer Dan Mindel, ASC, BSC, SASC was behind the camera for both The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker. Speaking with Panavision from his home on Kauai, Mindel clearly recalls Episode IX's last day, which took place on Stage 4 at Pinewood Studios, outside of London. Among other setups, the day's work included shots of Finn (John Boyega) as well as portions of a flashback involving Rey and her parents (Jodie Comer and Billy Howle).

No one wanted the day to end, Mindel recounts. It was an exciting day, but it was a sad day it was genuinely really emotional. Working on a couple of these movies with the same crew and cast made for a very cohesive family experience. Everyone was very close.

The conclusion of principal photography also brought one last gate check for the production's Panaflex Millennium XL2 cameras. The nine-film saga finished as it began, with 35mm film rolling through a Panavision camera fitted with Panavision anamorphic glass.

Production on the original Star Wars released in 1977 and subsequently given the longer title of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope commenced on the salt flats at Nefta, Tunisia. On Monday, March 22, 1976, writer-director George Lucas called Action! for the first time on Star Wars, and a Panaflex camera rolled to speed for a scene outside of Luke Skywalker's home on the desert planet Tatooine.

Cinematographer Gil Taylor, BSC had been tapped to shoot the original Star Wars. His camera package for the film included Panaflex No. 21, which had previously been used on such features as The Wind and the Lion, French Connection II, The Man Who Would Be King and The Secret Life of Plants. The filmmakers paired the cameras with C Series anamorphics.

After wrapping in Tunisia, the Star Wars production moved to the stages at EMI Studios-Elstree in Borehamwood, England, near London. That facility would also house the stages for the first sequel in the franchise, Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, for which Lucas handed the directing reins to Irvin Kershner, with cinematographer Peter Suschitzky later to join the ranks of the ASC behind the camera.

Suschitzky had interviewed for the original Star Wars, so he joined the sequel already knowing producers George Lucas and Gary Kurtz. They were very keen that we should get the best possible result on the screen, the cinematographer shared. They said, What do you want to test? Which cameras do you want to test?' So I had total freedom to bring in any anamorphic system I wanted.

Suschitzky's final choice echoed Taylor's, giving Episode IV and V a continuity of Panavision C Series anamorphic glass. We used a combination of the PSR and Panaflex-X cameras, Suschitzky explained. Toward the end of the filming for the last two or three months we switched over to a normal Panaflex. We then used the Panaflex-X as a second camera.

The original trilogy concluded in 1983 with the release of Episode VI Return of the Jedi, which saw Richard Marquand assume the director's chair, with Alan Hume, BSC serving as cinematographer. Following that film's release, the movie saga was widely considered to be complete, but that changed in 1997, when Lucas released Special Edition versions of each film in the original trilogy, with updated effects, new shots and even new scenes.

The Special Editions served as a technological testing ground for the long-rumored prequel trilogy, which jumped back in time to tell the story of Luke Skywalker's father, Anakin. Episode I The Phantom Menace premiered in 1999, Episode II Attack of the Clones followed in 2002, and Episode III Revenge of the Sith concluded the trilogy in 2005. Behind the scenes, all three movies saw Lucas resume his place in the director's chair, with David Tattersall, BSC serving as cinematographer.

Lucas initially hoped to be able to shoot all three prequel features digitally, but the production schedule for The Phantom Menace proved to be just ahead of the technological curve. The movie went into production with a traditional photochemical process, but behind the scenes, the race was on to make Lucas' digitally captured dream a reality in time for Attack of the Clones.

Panavision said they were interested in making the lenses, Lucas explained. So we got them together with Sony and said, We want to be able to shoot Episode II with this [digital system]. That gives you about two and a half years. Can you get it done in time?' And they replied, Yup, we'll do it.' And they did.

Panavision's involvement in the project included Panavising Sony's nascent HDW-F900 2/3 high-definition digital video camera, developing a new range of cine-style accessories for the camera, and designing and building the Primo Digital series of lenses, which were specifically conceived to offer double the resolving power of 35mm-format optics so that the 2/3 HD image would hold up on cinema screens. This was a giant experiment for everybody, and nobody knew if it was going to work, Lucas reflected. Both companies really went out on a limb.

The risk brought reward, and Attack of the Clones became the first major theatrical release to have been captured entirely digitally with 24p HD cam
LINK: https://www.panavision.com/highlights/highlights-detail/the-circle-is-...
See more stories from panavision

Most recent headlines

04/11/2022

Game better with DTS Headphone:X

The best gamers know DTS Headphone:X technology ups their play. Now major magazines have caught on, too. DTS Headphone:X technology creates immersive soundsc...

04/07/2022

Ncam Makes Virtual Production & In-Camera VFX Tracking Accessible Down to the Day

Ncam Makes Virtual Production & In-Camera VFX Tracking Accessible Down to the Da...

04/07/2022

Anton/Bauer Expands Dionic 26V Battery Series with New B-Mount Solution for ARRI Cine Cameras

Anton/Bauer Expands Dionic 26V Battery Series with New B-Mount Solution for ARRI...

04/07/2022

The metaverse and the forgotten value of video

Guy Parry-Williams, founder of Imedia8, takes a look at the value of video and immersive technology in helping companies reach a bigger audience By Contributor...

04/07/2022

Anton/Bauer expands battery series with B-Mount solution for ARRI Cine cameras

The series has been designed to drive high-power cine cameras such as the ARRI Alexa 35 By Jenny Priestley Published: July 4, 2022 The series has been desi...

04/07/2022

Andy Kaplan to head up operations at Light Iron

Kaplan has previously worked at Technicolor and Company 3 By Jenny Priestley Published: July 4, 2022 Kaplan has previously worked at Technicolor and Compan...

04/07/2022

Vincent Grivet re-elected chair of HbbTV Association

The Assoication has also elected a new Steering Group, containing representatives from broadcasters and technology vendors By Jenny Priestley Published: July ...

04/07/2022

Netflix Announces Suspenseful Romantic Comedy In Love and Deep Water' by Acclaimed Screenwriter Yuji Sakamoto

Back to All News Netflix Announces Suspenseful Romantic Comedy In Love and Dee...

04/07/2022

Love Is a Battlefield, and the Women of Mom, Don't Do That!' Begin Combat on July 15

Back to All News Love Is a Battlefield, and the Women of Mom, Don't Do Tha...

04/07/2022

Cloud will transform live sports distribution, but making it simple, accessible and cost effective is crucial

With public cloud ready to transform live sports distribution models right now, ...

04/07/2022

Nielsen advances and brings scale for digital measurement of the open web in seventeen more markets

Demographic data from multiple data providers will help power up the Nielsen Ide...

04/07/2022

Skeem Saam': The real reason Mantuli mistreats Pretty

Skeem Saam': The real reason Mantuli mistreats PrettyThe Skeem Saam' July teasers reveal that Mantuli will seek therapy to deal with her betrayal towar...

04/07/2022

National Arts Festival: Full list of Standard Bank Ovation Award winners

National Arts Festival: Full list of Standard Bank Ovation Award winnersA panel of 16 judges watched 128 shows over nine days at the National Arts Festival to d...

04/07/2022

Uzalo' actress Nothando Ngcobo: Fame made me more attractive'

Uzalo' actress Nothando Ngcobo: Fame made me more attractive'Actress Nothando Ngcobo says the fame she gained from playing Hlelo in Uzalo' has att...

04/07/2022

WATCH: 7de Laan - Tonight's teaser E396 S22

WATCH: 7de Laan - Tonight's teaser E396 S22Don't miss out on what's happening on tonight's episode of 7de Laan and Catch the latest episode ever...

04/07/2022

WATCH: Muvhango - Tonight's teaser E390 S22

WATCH: Muvhango - Tonight's teaser E390 S22Don't miss out on the latest drama in Muvhango! by SA TV and Soapies 04-07-2022 16:05 in Muvhango Monda...

04/07/2022

WATCH: Scandal - Tonight's teaser E67 S14

WATCH: Scandal - Tonight's teaser E67 S14Get to know what's happening on tonight's episode! by SA TV and Soapies 04-07-2022 16:10 in Scandal M...

04/07/2022

WATCH: Uzalo- Tonight's teaser E86 S8

WATCH: Uzalo- Tonight's teaser E86 S8Don't get left behind, catch up on Uzalo now! by SA TV and Soapies 04-07-2022 16:15 in Soapies Monday's E...

04/07/2022

WATCH: The River - Tonight's teaser E106 S5

WATCH: The River - Tonight's teaser E106 S5Watch tonight's episode of The River and catch the latest episode every weekday at 20:00 on 1 Magic, don'...

04/07/2022

WATCH: Gomora - Tonight's teaser E51 S3

WATCH: Gomora - Tonight's teaser E51 S3Don't miss out on what's happening on tonight's episode of Gomora, and watch the latest episode every wee...

04/07/2022

WATCH: Generations - The Legacy, tonight's teaser E161 S8

WATCH: Generations - The Legacy, tonight's teaser E161 S8Keen to know what's happening on the latest episode of Generations: The Legacy? by SA TV and ...

04/07/2022

WATCH: Skeem Saam - Tonight's teaser E01 S11

WATCH: Skeem Saam - Tonight's teaser E01 S11Find out what's going on tonight on Skeem Saam! by SA TV and Soapies 04-07-2022 16:35 in SkeemSaam Mon...

04/07/2022

WATCH: Imbewu - The Seed, tonight's teaser E61 S5

WATCH: Imbewu - The Seed, tonight's teaser E61 S5Catch up on what's going on to night on Imbewu by SA TV and Soapies 04-07-2022 16:40 in Soapies M...

04/07/2022

Diep City soapie teasers: What's happening this July 2022?

Diep City soapie teasers: What's happening this July 2022?This is an exciting month in DiepCity. by SA TV and Soapies 04-07-2022 16:57 in Soapies Diep...

04/07/2022

Daily devotion: Your bible verse and prayer for 04 July 2022

Daily devotion: Your bible verse and prayer for 04 July 2022GOOD MORNING! Here's your daily bible verse and prayer to get you ready and excited about your b...

04/07/2022

Breaking Bread: The unconditional love of God

Breaking Bread: The unconditional love of GodGod loves us without any strings attached. God does not want anything in return for what He does for us. Who else l...

04/07/2022

Portugal take over: Amapiano stars take Afro Nation by storm [watch]

Portugal take over: Amapiano stars take Afro Nation by storm [watch]DBN Gogo, Uncle Waffles and more: SA's amapiano stars kept the crowd grooving at the thr...

04/07/2022

Thales to recruit 11,000 people worldwide, including 4,000 in France, to drive the next disruptive innovations

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn After hiring 9,000 people worldwide in 2021, Tha...

04/07/2022

3 questions to Bernhard Hanneken, Programmer of the Rudolstadt Festival

3 questions to Bernhard Hanneken, Programmer of the Rudolstadt Festival...

03/07/2022

Officially married': First same-sex couples say I do' in Switzerland

Officially married': First same-sex couples say I do' in SwitzerlandFirst same-sex couples said I do' in their respective wedding ceremony in Gene...

03/07/2022

Francois van Coke & Vriende returns to Pretoria with old favourites [watch]

Francois van Coke & Vriende returns to Pretoria with old favourites [watch]Fokofpolisiekar, Spoegwolf, Jack Parow and Elandr will take the stage at Francois va...

03/07/2022

Daily devotion: Your bible verse and prayer for 03 July 2022

Daily devotion: Your bible verse and prayer for 03 July 2022GOOD MORNING! Here's your daily bible verse and prayer to get you ready and excited about your b...

02/07/2022

Meet the Million Dollar Crew: Yoshiaki Muramatsu + Learn About GoPro Firework Photography

Nearly 28,000 HERO10 Black clips from 131 countries were submitted for the chanc...

02/07/2022

Discovery Plus Original Content To Take Off on American Airlines

Warner Bros. Discovery and American Airlines said they made a deal that will put content from Discovery Plus and Magnolia Network on the airlines in-flight ente...

02/07/2022

A+E Bakes Programming Deal With Former TLC Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro

A+E Networks said it has cooked up a multi-platform programming deal with Buddy Valastro, the celebrity chef featured in TLC's long-running series Cake Boss...

02/07/2022

NBCUniversal Says Upfront Sales Were Record-Setting

NBCUniversal said it had a record-setting upfront, with key parts of its business posting significant gains....

02/07/2022

KASA Albuquerque Offers Spanish-Language Local News App

KASA Albuquerque, the Telemundo station in market No. 48, has launched a local news and weather app for the Spanish-speaking audience. The Telemundo Nuevo M xic...

02/07/2022

Scripps Names Jeff Kiernan GM of KTNV in Las Vegas

The E.W. Scripps Co. named Jeff Kiernan VP and general manager of KTNV in Las Vegas, effective July 25....

02/07/2022

College Football Shake-Up Brings Apple Back to Talks With Big Ten: Report

The plan to bring two West Coast college football powerhouses into the Big Ten Conference has brought Apple back to the TV-rights bargaining table, according to...

02/07/2022

Chris Evert Returns to ESPN

Tennis great Chris Evert returned to ESPNs analyst roster Friday (July 1) after time off to be treated for ovarian cancer, which took the life of her sister. E...

02/07/2022

ESPN To Air Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest for 19th Year

ESPN plans to televise the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest live for the 19th consecutive year on July 4....

02/07/2022

PBS Kids To Launch New Logo

PBS Kids will launch a new logo July 19, the first logo redo in two decades. The upcoming logo builds on an expanded graphics package that began rolling out la...

02/07/2022

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Net Neutrality Rule Fans

The Biden Administrations loss in a Supreme Court ruling involving the EPAs ability to regulate power plants could be a victory for ISPs arguments that the FCC ...

02/07/2022

FuboTV, TelevisaUnivision Reach New Carriage Agreement

NEW YORK & MIAMI FuboTV and TelevisaUnivision have reached an agreement that will keep Univision's networks on the virtual MVPD, avoiding a potential blacko...

02/07/2022

Scripps Names Jeff Kiernan VP, GM of KTNV in Las Vegas

CINCINNATI The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) has appointed Jeff Kiernan to the role of vice president and general manager for KTNV, Scripps' ABC affili...

02/07/2022

NBCU to Shutdown the Olympic Channel

NEW YORK As more sports viewing shifts to streaming, NBCUniversal continues to reevaluate its strategies for distributing its sports coverage and has confirmed ...

02/07/2022

Award Winning Micro Budget Film The Land Completed with Blackmagic Design Cameras and DaVinci Resolve

Award Winning Micro Budget Film The Land Completed with Blackmagic Design Came...

02/07/2022

Amandla! Steve McQueen's Black Power doccie series now on Showmax

Amandla! Steve McQueen's Black Power doccie series now on ShowmaxOscar-winning filmmaker Sir Steve McQueen documents the real-life stories of resistance and...

02/07/2022

Henrik Schwarz reimagines Ladysmith Black Mambazo's classic hit [listen]

Henrik Schwarz reimagines Ladysmith Black Mambazo's classic hit [listen]Music producer Henrik Schwarz has reworked Ladysmith Black Mambazo's, Ayikh'...

02/07/2022

YoungstaCPT, Jack Parow and Middelvinger collaborate on Innie Boland'

YoungstaCPT, Jack Parow and Middelvinger collaborate on Innie Boland'YoungstaCPT, Jack Parow and Middelvinger have teamed up on Innie Boland', a hip-h...