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Cooke Optics honoured at
85th Academy Awards
T he Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® created the
Scientific and Technical Award to honour the men, women and
companies whose discoveries and innovations have contributed in
significant, outstanding and lasting ways to motion pictures.
Each year, the academy honourees are celebrated at a formal dinner
held two weeks prior to the Oscar® ceremony. This year’s Scientific and
Technical Awards presentation took place on 9 February 2013 at The
Beverly Hills Hotel, LA.
Power for DSLR
P AG has introduced new battery
mounts and power leads that
make it possible to power the latest
DSLR and digital cinema cameras
using its PAGlink intelligent, high-
power, linking battery system.
The PAGlink battery system was
conceived with multi-camera
compatibility in mind. Rather than
using a different batteries and chargers
for each camera type, PAG anticipated
that it would be more efficient to use
the V-Mount (V-Lok/V-Lock) Li-Ion
batteries, designed for shoulder-
mounted broadcast cameras, for every
camera power application.
When combined, two PAGlink
batteries have a capacity of 192 watt-
hours and a current draw capability
of 12A, which is superior to the 10A
provided by so-called high-current
cell technologies. If required, PAGlink
allows a third or fourth battery to be
added, providing endless power for
any camera set-up.
The Academy commented that Cooke receives an Award of Merit because
it “helped define the look of motion pictures over the last century.” Cooke
lenses are renowned in the industry for the Cooke Look®, which gives a
warm, natural feel to images on the screen.
The British company’s innovations over the years have included zoom
lenses for movie cameras, the fast prime lenses that eliminated the need for
bright lights, and more recently its ground-breaking /i Technology protocol,
a system adopted by many leading camera and lens manufacturers, that
collects crucial lens metadata to provide more accurate information to
camera operators and post-production teams.
Les Zellan, Chairman and Owner, Cooke Optics, said, We are thrilled
that the company has been recognised by the Academy after 120 years
continuous service to the motion picture industry; I’m humbled to accept
the award on behalf of all the talented people currently working at Cooke
as well as the thousands that have gone before. Cooke has been an
innovative force in this industry from the birth of motion pictures to the
current digital film revolution.
Our commitment has always been to enable customers to realise their
vision and help them create the films that capture the imaginations of
audiences around the world. Each Cooke lens is hand crafted at the
factory in Leicester, UK, using a combination of state-of-the-art technology,
traditional 100 year old techniques and personal dexterity that come
together to create the unique and famed Cooke Look.
Cooke lenses have recently been used on film projects including A Good
Day To Die Hard, After Earth, Hugo, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,
Midnight in Paris and My Week With Marilyn, and on television productions
including World Without End, Game Of Thrones, Downton Abbey, True
Blood, The Borgias and Chicago Fire.
www.cookeoptics.co.uk The key was to create a system of
compact, lightweight batteries that
could be used individually for small,
low power-consumption cameras
(DSLR, Blackmagic Digital Cinema,
Canon C300/500) which could then
be linked, combining capacities for
set-ups that have a higher power
consumption or that draw a greater
current (Arri Alexa, Red One/Epic/
Scarlet, Sony F55/F65 etc).
www.paguk.com Left - Right: Paul Utting, Jaimie Cluer, Robert Howard, Les Zellan, Geoffrey Chappell, Guy Genin.
Photo courtesy of Jessica Jewell
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