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The Last Thing Mary Saw was Kruta using Cooke Optics S7/i lenses

In a Shudder original movie, The Last Thing Mary Saw, cinematographer David Kruta shot using Cooke Optics S7/i Prime lenses to capture the skin tones and colour needed to deliver beautiful images to the audience.

The Last Thing Mary Saw took place during the winter of 1843, in which a young woman was under investigation following the mysterious death of her Calvinist family matriarch. Her recollection of the event cast new light on the ageless forces behind the tragedy. Written and directed by Edoardo Vitaletti, the film was released last month on Shudder for the AMC Networks’ streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural.

“From the beginning, The Last Thing Mary Saw gives the sense of impending doom,” Kruta explained. “The environment … the nature around the house and the religiously oppressive family is overbearing. There’s a storm brewing in the horizon, literally and figuratively, manifesting itself in cloudy skies and rigid composition, as though the frame was a prison, mirroring the emotional and familial situation.” 

Kruta lensed The Last Thing Mary Saw with Cooke S7/i 25mm, 32mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm, and 135mm primes, often utilising the 2500 ISO mode on a Sony Venice in 6K 1.85 for a final 2:1 output. New York’s AbelCine provided the Cooke lenses and camera, with production taking place on Long Island before the Covid-19 pandemic. 

A user of Cooke lenses, Kruta also has used the S4/i, S4/i Minis, Panchro Classics and the original Panchros. His go-to S7 lens was the 50mm. “It’s as close to a 35mm or 40mm on Super 35 and I just really like that focal length,” he said.

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