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A remote-controlled multi-rotor drone was deployed to capture low-level close-up aerial shots.

the sequel, Ballhaus agrees that he and
Schwentke were indeed encouraged to
"start fresh, to explore new directions."
At the heart of the cinematographer's
design was a plan to shoot predominantly in the anamorphic 2.40:1 format,
but to capture the Sim sequences with
spherical lenses in order to "differentiate
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them from reality," he explains.
"We wanted to make the world
feel a bit bigger, with more action and
more scope," Ballhaus continues. "In a
movie that effortlessly switches between
levels of reality, both physical and
emotional, we wanted to subtly set the
Sims apart from the real world. I felt
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that the synthetic nature of computergenerated projections of Tris' fears lent
itself to the clean look of spherical
lenses versus the more analog, imperfect
feel of the anamorphics."
Ballhaus tested a number of
anamorphic lenses before deciding to
mix and match Arri/Zeiss's T1.9
Master Anamorphics (ranging from
35mm to 100mm), Vantage Film
Hawk V-Lites (28mm and 110mm), a
V-Series 25mm, and a Hawk V-Plus
45-90mm T2.8 zoom. He estimates
that "about 70 percent of the anamorphic work" was done with the Master
Anamorphics. For the Sim sequences,
he turned to T1.4 Leica Summilux-C
primes (ranging from 18mm to
100mm) in combination with the occasional Arri/Zeiss Ultra Prime LDS
(from 14mm to 180mm, all T1.9).
"The Master Anamorphics came
out just prior to our shooting this
movie," Ballhaus elaborates. "What I
liked was that they gave us the beauty of
anamorphic in terms of getting every
pixel on the sensor, but they didn't have
all the distortions that you typically



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