The Big Trail
Posted 31 May 2012 - 10:39 AM
Anyway, I was just over at the dvdbeaver.com review site and saw these screen grabs from "The Big Trail":
I find the differences between the widescreen and square compositions to be interesting. First of all, despite what Arthur Edeson says in the A.C. article, he did not match field of view or even composition in each set-up. Sometimes the 35mm version has a more telephoto view, as if he had just used a 50mm on both cameras and let the 70mm version have double the field of horizontal view. Maybe it was a case of occasionally using the two cameras side-by-side, I don't know. There is also a tendency towards center-framing in both versions compared to modern widescreen composition -- it may be just from the habit of composing for a square format like Movietone where off-center framing is less dramatic.
The 2:1 frames are quite lovely though occasionally I prefer the square version, like one shot of two cowboys where you see more of the costume in the more vertical frame.
Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:35 AM
Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:37 AM
Posted 31 May 2012 - 12:22 PM
Posted 31 May 2012 - 02:19 PM
Also fascinating to read that it took another two decades before it was seriously embraced.
Also good to see that ten years ago you were still considered "a nice young man"