|MARIN COUNTY, California, May 13, 2002 -Lucasfilm Ltd. and Industrial Light & Magic (ILM, a division of Lucas Digital Ltd. LLC) turned to Fujinon HD lenses for blue screen, miniature and motion control photography on the soon-to-be released "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones." "Episode II" was shot entirely without film, using high definition cameras and lenses.|
Several of Fujinon's HA10x5B-10 wide-angle HDTV Cine Style zooms were used extensively in production of the special effects and pick-up shots. The wide-angle 10x zoom has a focal range of 5 to 50mm. This range is very useful to ILM, where visual effects elements are matched to principal photography in post production. Principal photography was shot at locations using Panavision HD cameras and lenses.
A Fujinon HA10x5B-10 wide-angle HDTV Cine Style zoom lens is affixed to Sony camera and boom on a sound stage during production of "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones." Lucasfilm Ltd. and Industrial Light & Magic used several of the "5 to 50mm zooms," as they are called in the movie industry, for motion control, blue screen and miniature visual effects and pick-up shots. Photo provided by Lucas Digital Ltd.
"The Fujinon 5 to 50mm zoom (HA10x5B-10), helped us match the principal photography beautifully," explained "Episode II's" Producer Rick McCallum. "We shot the entire film in HD. After combining blue screen, motion control and miniature scenes from ILM with principal photography footage, we are very pleased with the final product. With the Fujinon HDTV zoom lenses we didn't have to constantly change (prime) lenses to integrate special effects shots, enabling the shooting process to be more accurate and to go much faster. The Fujinon HD lenses performed very well for us, both optically and mechanically. We are happy to know that Fujinon listens closely to suggestions from the fast growing HD production community, and that they are deeply committed to continued improvement of their HD products."
Of the approximately 2,200 shots that appear in the film, more than1,800 contain special effects. HA10x5B-10 Cine Style HDTV lenses were used predominantly for motion control shots. These lenses feature film-industry standard gearing and indexing, and their relative compact size and weight is particularly useful to the production needs of ILM.
"Lucasfilm and ILM are well known for developing and employing progressive new technologies, and for being at the forefront of electronic cinematography," said Chuck Lee, Western Regional Manager for Fujinon. " 'Episode II' is surely proof of that. We are very proud that Fujinon lenses were used in this historic production, and we look forward to working with Lucasfilm/ ILM in development of future HD lenses that will be useful to the HD Cinema and episodic production community."
Different production applications require different lens solutions. In addition to HA10x5B-10 lenses, ILM owns a 5-lens set of Fujinon HDTV Cine Style prime lenses (5, 8, 12, 20 and 40mm). The 8mm (HAF8B-10) and 12mm (HAF12B-10) primes have been particularly useful to ILM.
Fujinon is a major manufacturer and distributor of optics and lens assemblies for the broadcast, digital cinema, and industrial markets. The company's line of television zoom lenses are used in virtually every segment of the broadcast industry, including electronic newsgathering, studio and field production, and high definition television.