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Unit photography by Liam Daniel, courtesy of A24.

its digital companion. Our goal with the
F65 was to keep it simple and shoot it
like film."
With both the F65 and F55,
Hardy captured 16-bit 4K raw files
using look-up tables created with senior
colorist and regular collaborator Asa
Shoul at London's Molinare. Shoul
spent considerable time with Hardy in
the weeks leading up to production,
consulting not just on LUTs but even
on such details as the color of the
carpets used on set. Additionally, Hardy
provided Shoul with reference images
from photographers such as Saul Leiter.
Jay Patel from 4K London served as the
production's digital-imaging technician,
and Pinewood Digital handled the
dailies.
The Xtal Express anamorphic
lenses were sourced from Panavision via

Top left: Ava (Alicia Vikander), an artificial intelligence created by tech mogul Nathan, grapples with
the meaning of her existence in the feature Ex Machina. Top right: Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a
talented programmer, is tasked with conducting a series of Turing tests on Ava. Bottom:
Cinematographer Rob Hardy, BSC (gesturing) envisions a shot alongside director Alex Garland on
location in Norway.

Movietech Camera Rentals, which also
supplied the production's camera
bodies. Originating as Cooke S2 and S3
spherical lenses in the 1930s and '40s,
the Xtal Express lenses were re-housed
and modified with front anamorphic
elements by Joe Dunton in the 1980s;
each lens looks slightly different from
the other, and each set is completely
different.
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While discussing Ex Machina's
lens package, Hardy references a scene
from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in
which Eli Wallach's Tuco uses parts
from different guns to build his own.
"That's basically what our 1st AC,
Jennie Paddon, did when she put
together our set of anamorphics at
Panavision U.K.," he remarks. "We
needed to find a look with its own
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