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anamorphic zooms, the 40-80mm
AWZ2 (T2.8) and the 70-200mm
ATZ (T3.5). "Some people feel the G
Series is too sharp when shooting
anamorphic with digital cameras, but, of
course, we were shooting film, and quite
often I underexpose the film so we can
get grain and a kind of softness," the
cinematographer explains. "I chose
sharper lenses for that reason. The other
concern was minimum focus. We were
shooting in the interior of a tank, which
can be a total nightmare. How close
could we get to the actors and still have
them in focus on that small a set? The G
Series lenses did a fantastic job helping
me solve that problem." For the longlens action moments he sought to
achieve, the cinematographer also
employed
Panavision Telephoto
Anamorphic lenses, such as the
1,000mm T5.6.
Both Ayer and Vasyanov agree
that Fury's most vexing challenge was
finding a methodology for shooting in,
on and around the tanks in action. The
production relied on five main tanks to
represent the hero tank (which, in the
story, has been christened "Fury" by its
crew) and four sister tanks. All were
working versions of authentic World
War II-era M4 Sherman tanks. Crucial
scenes inside Fury were shot on an interior set, which production designer

Multiple camera rigs were used to capture
the exterior tank scenes.

Andrew Menzies and his crew built
under a tent with aluminum decking, in
a field adjacent to the exterior location
to mitigate company moves. For shots
of close action taking place on the tank's
outer shell, the production designed a
vehicle from scratch.
Vasyanov says the project
demanded "especially hard gripping"
and innovative solutions from both his
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grip and lighting crews. Yet because
gaffer Lee Walters and key grip Kevin
Fraser weren't scheduled to come aboard
until just three weeks before production,
Vasyanov had a lot to prepare on his
own. The cinematographer explains, "I
worked really closely with Andrew
Menzies and his team, who gave me
their [3D SketchUp] models of the sets.
I put those into my computer in order to
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