• Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021
DP Dick Pope Cookes For "Supernova"
DP Dick Pope (l) and director Harry Macqueen on location for "Supernova"

Cinematographer Dick Pope, BSC, chose to return to Cooke Panchro/i Classic Prime lenses to shoot Supernova, a film about love and loss written and directed by Harry Macqueen and starring Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci.

Supernova follows Sam (Firth) and Tusker (Tucci), partners of 20 years, on a road trip across England visiting friends, family, and places from their past. Since Tusker was diagnosed with early-onset dementia two years ago, their time together is the most important thing they have.

“The lenses I chose for Supernova were based on the look that Harry Macqueen wanted for his film, which was somewhat old fashioned, warm and romantic in feel, offering a close and intimate chemistry between the two main characters,” said Pope. “I arranged a screening for him of Edward Norton’s Motherless Brooklyn, on which I had previously used Cooke Panchro/i Classic Primes, and Harry loved them on that film.”

Pope had also used the original Cooke Speed Panchros on Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner (2014). “These classic go-to Hollywood lenses from the 1950s and 1960s were loved by Stanley Kubrick and often used by him--for example, on Spartacus,” he said. “The updated Panchro/i Classics retain the same characteristics as those vintage lenses.”

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