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Capturing All 4 Seasons

Top: Valli and
Gaudio seal
their
partnership
with a
handshake.
Bottom: Stern
meters the
diner interior.

Panavision's vice president of optical
engineering, handled glass optimization
for the production. During testing, he
explains, "we saw aberrations on the
outer periphery of the frame that we had
not seen with the same lenses when they
were used on [a film camera]. We were
able to attribute the falloff to the additional optics within the digital camera.
In order to offset the aberration effects,
we re-spaced some of the anamorphic
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and spherical elements to balance the
performance of the lens. The final product created a system that worked very
well with digital cameras and preserved
the look [the filmmakers] were accustomed to seeing with their familiar C
Series lenses."
Prior to Jersey Boys, Coe had
worked with anamorphic lenses and an
Alexa camera system on Godzilla (shot
by Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC; AC
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June '14). "I was surprised how little
depth-of-field there was," Coe recalls.
"I discussed that experience with Tom,
because I was concerned about the way
Clint likes to work, with one take or
maybe two if you're lucky, and sometimes even shooting rehearsals.
Selfishly, as the focus puller, I felt that
increasing the shooting stop would
help me get what Clint wanted the first
time around, so we wouldn't have to
slow down or change our methodology.
Tom accommodated my request and
brought up the light level, which
helped a lot, especially because we did
so much Steadicam work."
As Stern points out, "The nature
of The Four Seasons' music is 'up,' to
say the least, so it seemed quite appropriate and obvious to us from the outset
that we would use a fluid camera -
Steadicam, Technocrane and so on -
during virtually all of the performances."
Befitting such up-tempo musical
numbers, Jersey Boys' lighting scheme is
brighter than most of Eastwood's
recent work, in which "our mantra has



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