Are my eyes playing tricks on me or digital de-anamorphization make the grain look spherical, while optical de-anamorphization makes it look stretched? If the latter, why?
I saw film projection for the first time in I-don't-know-how-long, last night (Insomnia, shot in scope by Wally Pfister on Kodak 5246 and 5279, printed on Fuji F-CP 3519D) and it raised a few questions:
How much of the grain (there was plenty) comes from the camera stocks, the three generations' removal from the negative, and the small format, respectively?
If resolution and graininess can be separated, is the resolution of a print limited by the negative, the printing process, or both? With blowups and reductions, is there a visible difference in resolution, or just visible graininess? Why or why not?
In wide shots, a character's corduroy jacket seemed to induce very subtle moire, like there were lines going in both directions. But film doesn't moire, so what was I seeing?
Maybe it's the cinematography and not the projection but the close ups looked really good. Better than I've seen from digital projection. I'm not sure that I'd say there was more detail in the actors' faces but there was somehow more nuance. Any idea why this was?