Stanley Kubrick is one of the few cinema writer/directors with a style that I immediately relate to. It was either A Clockwork Orange or Eyes Wide Shut that first had me enamoured with the man’s vision.
He was also responsible for some true innovation.
A colleague of mine, whom I know solely through the DVInfo.net forum, by the name of Brian Drysdale recently posted a thread in which he links to a company that will allow cinematographers to rent Kubrick’s Zeiss f0.7 prime lens set and a camera to shoot them with. I’ve always appreciated Brian’s considered commentary and hope one day to meet him.
I of course have a bit of good fun (read: “bitter sarcasm”) at the expense of the newcomers to cinematic video, whom I colloquially refer to as The dSLR Kiddies, in the 5th item.
Brian’s post links to an American Cinematographer article on the lenses written by Ed DiGiulio, whose company Cinema Products Corporation developed the lenses, in which he states:
“Through it all, Kubrick displayed the kind of technical knowledge and skill, rare in modern filmmakers, that enabled him to define the problem precisely and specify what had to be done to achieve the lens he wanted.”
The exact date of publication isn’t specified but the author refers to the Film ’73 Exhibition in the PAST tense so I’d say it’s pretty obvious this predates ’73.
Turns out I’m not the first “cranky old man” in visual imaging!
Thanks for sharing, Brian!
And thanks to you all for reading!