When it comes to cinematography, it seems Academy Award quality DOPs know where to turn: Zeiss’ Master Prime lenses. The DOPs for both films (Emmanuel Lubezki on ‘Gravity‘ and Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC on ‘Prisoners‘) utilized Zeiss lenses for their respective films to great effect, as both are nominated for Best Cinematography.
Zeiss notes that “…Emmanuel Lubezki used ARRI/ZEISS Master Prime lenses among others to capture the film’s impressive scenes.”, and points to its ‘Best Picture’ nomination as well. ‘Gravity‘ has been critically acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, especially for its visuals, and Lubezki has already taken home quite a few awards for his work on the film.
As for ‘Prisoners‘, Zeiss says “It was shot by DOP Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC, who used ARRI/ZEISS Master Prime lenses for the thriller, starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal”. ‘Prisoners‘ has seen acclaim as well, particularly at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival for its compelling performances, deep story, and visceral imagery.
Congratulations to both nominees and Zeiss for two fantastic films, and we’ll see who wins at the Academy Awards on March 2, 2014.
You can find out more about each of the above DOPs and their films on their respective IMDB pages (links above), and of course more about Zeiss can be found at lenses.zeiss.com