Sébastien Gonon

Optimo Spherical
Palme Festival de Cannes

The Legend of the Palme d'or

Director

Alexis Veller

Cinematographer

Sébastien Gonon

Shot with

Optimo 15-40, Optimo 28-76 and Optimo 45-120

Sébastien Gonon « The Legend of the Palme D’Or »

“I was very happy to use those three Optimo lenses. They were the perfect glasses for this project, allowing me to be fast, responsive, without having to compromise on quality. They performed very well in every situation.”

Testimonial, by director of photography Sebastien Gonon :

Nine previous winners of the famous award delivered every year in Cannes including Martin Scorsese, Jane Campion, Emir Kusturica and Quentin Tarantino, were asked how the palm influenced their careers. The film also shows the making of the palm, which is made of a pure block of crystal and solid “fairmind” gold originating from Columbia.

In order to portray what Alexis had in mind, “I naturally thought that the perfect lenses to shoot this film, to capture every scene, would be the “little” Optimos: 15-40, 28-76 and 45-120mm. “Little” because they are perfect for handheld and Steadicam. We actually shot with two Red Epics fitted with Dragon sensors, one on the shoulder, the other operated by Steadicam operator Benjamin Fatras. Not only their ergonomics, size and weight are perfect but they perform incredibly well, if not better than some prime lens series.

2.6 maximum aperture was ok even in low light, the native sensitivity of the Red being 640 ISO. Definition and contrast were very good even wide open. Breathing was minimum when focusing, almost perfect, way better than many other zooms.”

“If I’d want some “milky” blacks or a softer look, I’d just add diffusion filters to kill the definition. However, they render contrast and skin tones very pleasantly, naked, without adding anything. Transitions of grey values and colors are very smooth, very subtle.”

“I don’t find them having geometric distortion even for short focal lengths and for extreme close-ups, no need for a macro lens since adding the 2x extender, designed by Angénieux, made the job. Adding this piece of glass to the back of the lens doesn’t destroy definition since Angénieux extenders are optically very well engineered.”

“I was very happy to use those three Optimo lenses. They were the perfect glasses for this project, allowing me to be fast, responsive, without having to compromise on quality. They performed very well in every situation.”

“La légende de la Palme d’Or” will be screened in Cannes on the 16th of May and is officially selected at this year’s festival in “Cannes Classics” category and will compete for “La Camera d’or”and “L’Oeil d’Or”.

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The Legend of the Palme D’Or
by Alexis Veller
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