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Cosmic Odyssey

Cooper brings his daughter along to investigate strange happenings around the farm.

100mm. A hero 65mm T2.0 with a 9"
close focus was built entirely from
scratch. "It was like a macro lens," van
Hoytema says, "but there are trade-offs:
If you tweak your lenses to favor extreme
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close-ups, your wide shots will probably
be slightly softer."
Sasaki also tuned van Hoytema's
anamorphic lenses to create a specific
type of flare, "something warmer and
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fluffier than the typical hard anamorphic streaks," says the cinematographer.
Though Nolan prefers to film
with only one camera at a time, key 2nd
assistant Tulio Duenas, along with Bcamera 1st AC Philip Shanahan and Bcamera 2nd AC Dan Schroer, kept two
Panaflex Millennium XL and two Imax
bodies on standby in the event of a jam
or change in format. "We made it
simple," says Irwin. "A Preston [wireless
focus control was mounted] on every
camera with its own channel, and the
lenses were mapped out on my handset.
The matte box is already on, and the
Panaflex mag is rear-loaded even on a
head, because the next take might be on
Hoyte's shoulders or [camera operator
Scott Sakamoto's] Steadicam."
Principal photography commenced in summer 2013 with Alberta,
Canada standing in for an unspecified
heartland. Corn is the last crop to resist
a blight threatening the world's food
supply, and Cooper tends a struggling



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