A Hunter of Light in 65mm
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Written by: Fatali
and his ex-Todd-AO AP 5 Perf. camera modified by Fries.
I have been a hunter of light in the American landscape for nearly
thirty-years now. Since the beginning of my Big Picture journey, I have used
an 8x10 inch and 20x24 inch Ultra Large Format cameras to capture my still
images, then making fine prints, using my own custom darkroom to result in
gallery exhibitions. I love the large negative for its amazing details and
the feeling how it brings the viewer into the subject.
Though this love affair for the large format was instilled into my vision
early on, I knew someday, I would steer my eye into the motion side of the
After being inspired by such wonderful 70mm films like
began building my 70mm production company from the ground up; A risky and
costly adventure it has been. But, the further I went into this pursuit, the
more I knew I would not stop. Since then, I have been very lucky to acquire
several 65mm cameras of 5 perf. 8 perf. and even 10 perf. and build an
amazing selection of prime glass. I have chosen not to go into 15 perf.
because I feel I can create a greater depth of field with my landscape
subjects by using a smaller perforation and yet still maintain an amazing
large size image capture.
My experiences of capturing images with 65mm have really just begun. Seven
years it took alone for me to build the cameras, cranes, dollies, MOCO
systems and even a Cinebulle to move the cameras into some amazing remote
and rugged wildernesses.
I have been very blessed to have the support from such wonderful people in
the large format cine world. I am sure you know some of these guys. You are
one of which I dreamed to eventually meet. They all have believed in my
ability to capture nature. Not just in large format technique, but to
showcase the “Light” as my headlining cast of character starring my films in
the making. (More TBA in the coming months)
I hope you can sense my passion. Not just for 70mm, but as well for the
wonderful natural world we get to still experience. After all, how long is
70mm film going to be around, and how long will all our last wild landscapes
remain? It is my intention and hope that I will do justice to capture many
of its wonder for generations to feel this inspiration. I am honored to
serve as a visual narrator of this language, and continue my mission to
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