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#1 Gavin Keen

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Posted 23 May 2009 - 03:15 PM

Hey,

I just got a cam op position on a student 16 mm film. I'm really excited however there is one thing bothering me, the final format will be 4:3 aspect ratio.

I will be using the Arri SR2 and this will be my first time working with this camera for something other than tests.

I was just wondering if there are any tips for shooting with final output in the 4:3 other than the obvious rule of thirds etc. any tricks to give this dated aspect ratio a little more life?

thanks

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#2 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 01 June 2009 - 03:16 PM

any tricks to give this dated aspect ratio a little more life?

Watch a lot of old 4:3 movies? Hitchcock, Ford, Welles, Eisenstein, Kurosawa, Ozu, etc.
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#3 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 01 June 2009 - 11:30 PM

Also, wide angle lenses in 1.33:1 (4:3) generally give the impression of a wider perspective than in 1:85 or 2:40, where you're essentially cropping the top and bottom of the frame (at least in 35mm; I know you're shooting 16mm, where Super 16 will be wider). This can lead to all sorts of interesting compositions.
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#4 Simon Wyss

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 02:17 AM

Gavin, congratulations!

Lucky man, worship the standard image aspect ratio of three to four, cognize its dymanics, the waltz rhythm, how you can slip into diagonals. Here is one who praises 3:4 and tells you. Full stop.
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#5 Tom Jensen

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 08:13 AM

Whatever happened to the 1.33:1 format anyway? I thought it died with the 1.3:1 TV.
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#6 Simon Wyss

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 09:16 AM

Don't we all enjoy Gilmore Girls in 3:4?
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