Fleabag, shot with Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses, nominated for 2016 RTS Craft & Design Award for Photography

Complex comedy shoot benefits from anamorphic framing
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Cooke Optics, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, congratulates Tony Miller BSC on his nomination for a 2016 RTS Craft & Design Award for Photography – Drama & Comedy, for his work on the acclaimed BBC comedy series Fleabag.

Fleabag is a six-part British comedy written by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, offering a no-holds-barred look at modern womanhood from the perspective of an often unlikeable young woman navigating London life. It was produced by Two Brothers Pictures for BBC Three in a co-production agreement with Amazon Studios.

Miller suggested shooting the series anamorphically. “TV is becoming more like cinema everyday, and Amazon Studios encouraged us to be bold. Most of the great movie comedies shoot 2-39-1 scope, from Woody Allen to Wes Anderson, via the great films of the fifties. 2-39-1 allowed us to cover scenes in one shot, to use the width of the frame for multiple relationships and tensions to exist in that same frame. It is often the complexity of the relationships within the frame that makes this so exciting.”

A longtime fan of Cooke lenses, Miller chose Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses for the shoot. “I keep coming back to Cooke S4s as the perfect spherical lens, so it was natural to look at the Cooke Anamorphic/i’s for this production. They have a very beautiful look, with all the characteristics of the S4s in anamorphic form. I also love the contrast of the Cooke Anamorphic/i‘s - they are true anamorphic lenses with imperfections and drop off. That is what gives them character. The 25mm is a fabulous lens and I enjoyed using this lens frequently on Fleabag - up close and personal.”

The 2016 RTS Design & Craft Awards ceremony takes place on 28 November 2016 at the London Hilton Park Lane. # # #