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WORLD NEWS Cooke Optics honoured at 85th Academy Awards T he Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® created the Scientific and Technical Award to honour the men, women and companies whose discoveries and innovations have contributed in significant, outstanding and lasting ways to motion pictures. Each year, the academy honourees are celebrated at a formal dinner held two weeks prior to the Oscar® ceremony. This year’s Scientific and Technical Awards presentation took place on 9 February 2013 at The Beverly Hills Hotel, LA.  Power for DSLR and Digital Cinema Cameras P AG has introduced new battery mounts and power leads that make it possible to power the latest DSLR and digital cinema cameras using its PAGlink intelligent, high- power, linking battery system.  The PAGlink battery system was conceived with multi-camera compatibility in mind. Rather than using a different batteries and chargers for each camera type, PAG anticipated that it would be more efficient to use the V-Mount (V-Lok/V-Lock) Li-Ion batteries, designed for shoulder- mounted broadcast cameras, for every camera power application. When combined, two PAGlink batteries have a capacity of 192 watt- hours and a current draw capability of 12A, which is superior to the 10A provided by so-called high-current cell technologies. If required, PAGlink allows a third or fourth battery to be added, providing endless power for any camera set-up. The Academy commented that Cooke receives an Award of Merit because it “helped define the look of motion pictures over the last century.” Cooke lenses are renowned in the industry for the Cooke Look®, which gives a warm, natural feel to images on the screen. The British company’s innovations over the years have included zoom lenses for movie cameras, the fast prime lenses that eliminated the need for bright lights, and more recently its ground-breaking /i Technology protocol, a system adopted by many leading camera and lens manufacturers, that collects crucial lens metadata to provide more accurate information to camera operators and post-production teams.   Les Zellan, Chairman and Owner, Cooke Optics, said, We are thrilled that the company has been recognised by the Academy after 120 years continuous service to the motion picture industry; I’m humbled to accept the award on behalf of all the talented people currently working at Cooke as well as the thousands that have gone before.  Cooke has been an innovative force in this industry from the birth of motion pictures to the current digital film revolution.  Our commitment has always been to enable customers to realise their vision and help them create the films that capture the imaginations of audiences around the world.  Each Cooke lens is hand crafted at the factory in Leicester, UK, using a combination of state-of-the-art technology, traditional 100 year old techniques and personal dexterity that come together to create the unique and famed Cooke Look.   Cooke lenses have recently been used on film projects including A Good Day To Die Hard, After Earth, Hugo, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Midnight in Paris and My Week With Marilyn, and on television productions including World Without End, Game Of Thrones, Downton Abbey, True Blood, The Borgias and Chicago Fire. The key was to create a system of compact, lightweight batteries that could be used individually for small, low power-consumption cameras (DSLR, Blackmagic Digital Cinema, Canon C300/500) which could then be linked, combining capacities for set-ups that have a higher power consumption or that draw a greater current (Arri Alexa, Red One/Epic/ Scarlet, Sony F55/F65 etc). Left - Right: Paul Utting, Jaimie Cluer, Robert Howard, Les Zellan, Geoffrey Chappell, Guy Genin. Photo courtesy of Jessica Jewell 06 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE TV-BAY074FEB13.indd 6 11/02/2013 16:58