Anamorphic lenses

About Anamorphic

Front view of an anamorphic lens

Anamorphic lenses contain a cylindrical optical element that compresses or “squeezes” the image horizontally which allows a wide screen image to be photographed onto a standard 35mm film frame. During projection, a similar type of lens “unsqueezes” the image, thereby creating a wide-screen image.

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REDISCOVERING THE B SERIES ANAMORPHIC LENSES

Cinematographer Bill Pope, ASC approached Panavision looking for anamorphic lenses that had flare and performance characteristics that would be different than what you might see with more modern anamorphic lenses.

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MATT DAMON STARS IN "ELYSIUM"

In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined planet.  The people of Earth are desperate to escape the crime and poverty that is now rampant throughout the land.  Th

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RIDE FOR JUSTICE WITH "THE LONE RANGER"

Photo by Peter Mountain

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Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice known as The Lone Ranger in this thrilling adventure.

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ZACK SNYDER'S "MAN OF STEEL" IN THEATERS

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth.  As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do.  But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

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LAUGH THROUGH THE APOCALYPSE WITH "THIS IS THE END"

The comedy This Is The End follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside.

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THERE IS NO ILLUSION IN "NOW YOU SEE ME"

Four talented magicians mesmerize an international audience with a series of bold and original heists, all the while pursuing a hidden agenda that has the FBI and Interpol scrambling to anticipate their next move. 

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