a) Originally shoot scene as 16x9 and stretch video image to 2.39:1 in post (i.e., no actual cropping to the image).
b) Originally shoot with an anamorphic lens (i.e., no cropping and no additional work in post).
c) Originally shoot as 16x9, but in post crop to the 2.39:1 ratio (i.e., loss of content on the top and bottom of the frames).
Assuming I have no anamorphic lens (which rules out b), what is the most accepted means to get the 2.39:1 widescreen format in post (a or c)? In the case of c, then I would need to be careful in shooting the scenes that the video image of the actor heads are not cut off when cropping the top and bottom portions of the video frame. My preference is (a), but that might overly distort actor faces (etc.).
I would appreciate an answer to this question if anyone knows. Thanks.
Edited by Jeff Herman, 01 August 2011 - 03:44 PM.