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Sense8: John Toll, ASC Navigates a Global Production with Panavision

Eight seemingly disparate people from around the world have become linked. Through telepathy and a kind of astral projection, they bond and help each other using the others’ strengths to fight against a sinister force that is out to eliminate them. Such is the premise for the mind-tripping Netflix original series Sense8, created by J. Michael Straczynski, and Lana and Lilly Wachowski, the visual duo behind The Matrix trilogy and V for Vendetta.

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Blending Comedy and Melancholy for HBO's Crashing

Sam Levy’s calling card features distinctive films like Frances Ha, While We’re Young and Wendy and Lucy. On his latest project, HBO’s Crashing, Levy’s deft touch with the human condition also came in handy. The series centers on a stand-up comedian Pete Holmes as he struggles to make it in New York City. As a cinematographer who began his career in NYC, Levy could relate.

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Updating an Icon: The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven is a classic of American cinema. John Sturges’ 1960 Western, itself a reimagining of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 film Seven Samurai, was photographed by Charles B. Lang, Jr., ASC in the 35mm anamorphic format using Panavision lenses.

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Panavision Salutes Emmy-Nominated Television

The 68th Primetime Emmy® Awards will be held this month in Los Angeles. It is the industry’s opportunity to celebrate extraordinary achievements in the television art form, which continues to be elevated by the storytellers and artists working in the genre.

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McDonough Brings Anamorphic Look to Fear the Walking Dead

In Fear the Walking Dead, AMC’s spinoff to the hit series The Walking Dead, the zombie apocalypse has just begun to affect Los Angeles. In the six-episode first season, L.A. residents try to survive as the military loses containment and the power grid goes down. Leading up to the pilot, cinematographer Michael McDonough, ASC, BSC saw an opportunity to employ the anamorphic format for a series.

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