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From superheroes to hangovers and bridesmaids to horrible bosses, Panavision is proud to have been a part of the slate of films that filled the movie theatres. According to Variety, franchise films were the most successful, fueling the record summer. “For the first time ever, the top five pics of summer were all sequels, each crossing the $200 million mark…” (Daily Variety, Thursday, September 1, 2011)

Those top five included shows supported by Panavision: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” “The Hangover: Part II” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” In a not-too-distant 7th place was “Thor,” followed by “Captain America” and “Bridesmaids,” again, all Panavision-supported shows.

Currently ranking number one at the box office is “The Help,” lensed by Stephen Goldblatt, ASC and supported out of our Panavision Dallas office. Summer saw the release of a variety of box office hits, including “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” shot by Andrew Lesnie and supported by Panavision Vancouver, “The Smurfs,” shot by Phil Meheux, BSC, using Genesis cameras and supported by Panavision New York, “Harry Potter…Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” lensed by Eduardo Serra, ASC, AFC, and supported by Panavision UK. “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” was supported by Panavision Woodland Hills through a complex multi-country shoot with Red Mysterium X cameras on Pace rigs. Since then, other shows shot in 3D and supported by Panavision include “The Darkest Hour” shot by Scott Kevan and supported by Panavision Hollywood and “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas” shot by Michael Barrett and prepped out of Panavision Woodland Hills. (Both films are upcoming Christmas releases.) And, of course, the lead-in to summer sizzled with “Thor,” shot by Haris Zambarloukos, BSC in anamorphic using the Panaflex Millennium XL, the Platinum and a Panavised ARRI 435. 

Here’s a list of what Panavision was up to this year:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Director Rob Marshall, DP Dariusz Wolski, ASC (Panavision Woodland Hills)
  • 30 Minutes or Less, Director Ruben Fleischer, DP Jess Hall (Panavision Woodland Hills)
  • Apollo 18, Director Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego, DP Jose Montero (Panavision Vancouver)
  • Bad Teacher, Director Jake Kasdan, DP Alar Kivilo, ASC (Panavision Woodland Hills)
  • Bridesmaids Director Paul Feig, DP Robert Yeoman, ASC, (Panavision Hollywood)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger, Director Joe Johnston, DP Shelly Johnson, (Panavision UK)
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love, Directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, DP Andrew Dunn (Panavision Woodland Hills)
  • Cowboys & Aliens, Director Jon Favreau, DP Matthew Libatique, ASC (Panavision Hollywood)
  • Fast Five, Director Justin Lin, DP Stephen Windon (Panavision Woodland Hills)
  • Friends with Benefits, Director Will Gluck, DP Michael Grady (Panavision Hollywood)
  • Green Lantern, Director Martin Campbell, DP Dion Beebe, ASC, supported by Panavision New Orleans
  • The Hangover: Part II, Director Todd Phillips, DP Lawrence Sher (Panavision Hollywood)
  • Harry Potter…Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Director David Yates, DP Eduardo Serra, ASC, AFC (Panavision UK)
  • The Help, Director Tate Taylor, DP Stephen Goldblatt, ASC, BSC (Panavision Dallas)
  • Horrible Bosses, Director Seth Gordon, DP David Hennings (Panavision Woodland Hills)
  • I Don’t Know How She Does It, Director Douglas McGrath, DP Stuart Dryburgh, ASC (Panavision NY)
  • Midnight in Paris, Director Woody Allen, DP Darius Khondji, ASC, AFC (Panavision Alga)
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Director Rupert Wyatt, DP Andrew Lesnie, ACS, (Panavision Vancouver)
  • Sarah’s Key, Director Gilles Paquet-Brenner, DP Pascal Ridao (Panavision Alga)
  • The Smurfs, Director Raja Gosnell, DP Phil Meheux (Panavision New York)
  • Straw Dogs, Director Rod Lurie, DP Alik Sakharov, ASC (Panavision New Orleans)
  • Super 8, Director J.J. Abrams, DP Larry Fong (Panavision Woodland Hills)
  • Thor, Director Kenneth Branagh, DP Haris Zambarloukos (Panavision Woodland Hills)
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Director Michael Bay, DP Amir Mokri (Panavision Woodland Hills)
  • Warrior, Director Gavin O’Connor, DP Masanobu Takayanagi (Panavision New York)
  • X-Men: First Class, Director Matthew Vaughn, DP John Mathieson, BSC, (Panavision UK)
  • Zookeeper, Director Frank Coraci, DP Michael Barrett (Panavision New York)