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#1 Benson Marks

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Posted 27 September 2008 - 08:23 PM

How does one know when it is a good idea to use the 'standard' frame format (1.85:1) and when to use a 'widescreen' frame format (2.39:1)?

Thank you for your advice.
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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 27 September 2008 - 08:30 PM

I think it comes from the story and what the story calls for.
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#3 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 27 September 2008 - 11:07 PM

If you don't have a strong feeling for any aspect ratio, then stick to 1.85, which is the most "classical" -- composing well for 2.39 requires a certain passion for the unique aspects of that super widescreen aspect ratio. If you don't have a personal opinion about it, there is no real reason to use it.

By the way, both 1.85 and 2.39 are considered "widescreen" formats -- i.e. both are wider than 1.37 Academy and both emerged during the "Widescreen Revolution" of the 1950's.
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#4 Benson Marks

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Posted 28 September 2008 - 04:51 PM

Excellent point David.

Just to let you know, I already knew they were both widescreen formats. I was just trying to describe the two in the best way that I could.
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