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A Hunter of Light in 65mm

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Fatali Date: 16.11.2015
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 visual experience.

After being inspired by such wonderful 70mm films like "Baraka" and "Chronos", I 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 celebrate Light.
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