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Seeing Netflix’s hit series Fate through Cooke lenses on ARRI ALEXA Mini LF

To help create the magic kingdom of Netflix’s Fate: The Winx Saga in County Wicklow on the east coast of Ireland, DP Frida Wendel FS picked a winning combination of the ARRI ALEXA Mini LF camera, equipped with Cooke lenses.

Specifically, Wendel chose the Cooke S7/I Full Frame Plus series, using focal lengths 18, 25, 32, 40, 50, 75, 100 and 135 mm, as the production team wanted Fate to be “crisp and clean.”

Wendel explained, “That was when the camera and the Cooke lenses came in. We had so much VFX and so many interactive lights that these lenses stood out instantly, as I think the Cooke lenses have the most beautiful and subtle flares. I love the shallow depth of field you get with the full frame and also found it very exciting to have so much information to play around with in grade. 

“We spent only one day of tests in the studio, and then I flew over to London to meet colourist Peter Doyle at De Lane Lea in Soho. Then it only took us another day in the grade creating a LUT that we liked. I loved the Cooke S7/i lenses so much that I got on a plane back to Dublin to get the kit sorted right away.”

*Image provided in press release;  Ed/SN

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