I want to experiment with different kinds of aspect ratio and would love some advice. I know that you have to be aware of certain things while your shooting but I'm still not sure how to go about it.
What do you have to take into account when it comes to aspect ratio?
Posted 20 June 2014 - 03:47 AM
Out of curiosity, are you thinking in terms of the artistic, or more purely technical challenges?
Posted 20 June 2014 - 05:07 PM
I tend to go with feel; but in truth this comes down a lot to the directors wishes.
For myself, I make my own recommendation based upon how I feel about the main characters in the script. For example, you have a film where a man is very isolated.. well you could do that in 2.35:1 and make him really stand out in in a big empty frame, or you could go 1.85:1 ad have him encompass the whole frame (in a close up). Or even 1.37:1, if you wanted something different. What I would recommend, though, would come really based upon the script as a whole which'll give me some clues as to which way to go on it.
Locations play a part-- small rooms in 2.35 is a major hassle, which may not work, but normally isn't a deal breaker.
This isn't yet talking about doing actual anamorphic-- which often becomes a budgetary issue (lens and body rentals to deal with that as well as top notch ACs and gaffers to get the stops you need).
Though I am in no way a good representation of "normalcy" in film since I can only approach a project from my own humble perspective.
At the end of the day, however, the choice will come down to the director, and how they feel about it-- what has shaped their opinions on this or that aspect ratio, and agree or disagree, I'll shoot it that way for them.