Blowing up regular 16mm to 35mm and keeping original aspect ratio
Posted 28 February 2006 - 05:28 PM
This is more of a question for the future. I make 16mm experimental films and am exploring my options about blowing up to 35mm. I would shoot super 16mm but then I'd lose the 16mm projection capability which I also use. I like the 16mm ratio and would give up a little in size if I could avoid cropping.
Anything I'm overlooking or any advice appreciated. Thanks!
Posted 28 February 2006 - 05:34 PM
I think this was done for BLAIR WITCH, with that movie's 16mm and video blown up to 1.85:1 matted 35mm, then "windowboxed" with black bars on the sides.
I've also heard of transferring 1.33:1 movies to anamorphic 'scope prints with black bars on the sides, which apparently takes advantage of more of the 35mm negative.
Posted 28 February 2006 - 05:40 PM
You can always ask the lab to blow up to fit the frame within 1:1.85 height: it would be about the same blow-up ratio as for super 16, but with different centering. And you would, as you say, require a black mask around the edges. Depending on how the lab does the blow-up, this could either be burnt in or printed with an overlay mask.
On screening, the top and bottom of the image would fit the full height of a widescreen (1:1.85) screen (with the screen tabs forming the edge), while the left and right of the image would have projected black bars (pillarboxing).