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‘Broadchurch’ Delivers Cinematic Scenes with Cooke Lenses

The third and final season of the ITV crime drama Broadchurch was shot using Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses by cinematographer Carlos Catalan, who admits it was an unusual decision to shoot a TV drama anamorphically. He explains that he wanted to make the most of the wide vistas of the coastal setting and “bring a cinematic experience and a wider aspect ratio to the show.”

The Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses, the cinematographer reports, “produce a clear picture with contrast while at the same time keeping the warm, delicate feel that is so nice for skin tones. I shot a lot wide open, and the Anamorphic/i’s create that fall-off at the top that helps to give a more cinematic look. As well as the exterior shots, they also handled lower-light situations very well.”