Kingsman: The Golden Circle – Shot on Hawks

September, 2017

George Richmond, BSC opts for V-Lite and V-Plus anamorphics for homage to classic spy films

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a knockout at the box office, taking over the number one spot with a worldwide take of more than $100 million. Director Matthew Vaughn and cinematographer George Richmond saw the action-comedy as a chance to reprise the stylish symmetry and tongue-in-cheek tone they created for the original film, Kingsman: The Secret Service, while expanding the setting to North America. To achieve this vision, they chose Hawk V‑Lite and V‑Plus anamorphic lenses and Arri Alexa cameras, as they had on the previous installment. The 35 mm focal length was the workhorse, with 50, 75 and 100 mm lenses getting plenty of use. “Anamorphic was the look that to all eyes seemed somewhat more filmic,” says Richmond. “The word cinematic was used. It has the feel of movies that Matthew responds to, and myself as well. You chase the aberrations. You chase the integral flares, and the filmic bokeh, the slight softening of the highlights and stretching of the background.”

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