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DP Ben Davis on Choosing Spherical Lenses for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Cinematographer Ben Davis talks to American Cinematographer about shooting one of this summer’s biggest hits, Guardians of the Galaxy.

He says about the decision to shoot with spherical Panavision Primo lenses (on an ARRI Alexa), “Marvel likes to have a bit of room for visual effects [to reposition the frame in post]. When we shoot anamorphic, there is not a lot of frame height to play with, whereas if we extract 2.40:1 from a 4:3 image, there is a lot of room to maneuver. Shooting spherical was the right decision.”

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