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#1 Andrew Russo

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Posted 23 March 2015 - 11:30 PM

Anyone have any experience shooting anamorphic lenses on the Alexa then cropping to 16:9? I figure I'll shoot 2.35 on the XT then crop the sides so I can preserve 2K resolution, but is there a better way?

 

What are the other pitfalls beyond the operator not loving working off vertical lines in the EVF for framing? 

 

Thanks!


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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 12:28 AM

You mean you'll record 2.88K raw or 3.4K Open Gate raw so you can crop the sides to 2048?

 

Another option is to use the 1.3X Hawk anamorphics to squeeze 16x9 onto 4x3.


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#3 Andrew Russo

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 09:36 PM

Not totally sure, as I didn't know of the 3.4K Open Gate option. Definitely intriguing. 

 

Good to know that about the Hawks. Those are always fun lenses (and fun to try and get a hold of on a budget!). 

 

Thanks for the reply, David.


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#4 Bruce Greene

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Posted 25 March 2015 - 11:36 AM

I haven't done this myself, but I did see a film a few weeks ago that used anamorphic lenses for 1:1.85 delivery.

And my impression was that it didn't help the film at all. Just looked like good photography using bad leneses. It is a pain in the neck to film this way, so I'd suggest testing this idea fully before committing to this workflow.

In the film era we gained a lot of image quality exposing a larger negative with anamorphic lenses. With an Alexa, not so much, and the lens characteristics might become more of a distraction than an enhancement.

I will say this: the director was very proud of his DP's "original" approach, and so the marketing points here are real, in this competitive business :)

Good luck with the shoot, and make a great film, above all else!
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Posted 25 March 2015 - 11:48 AM

I should add that DCP spec for 1:1.85 is 1998x1080 pixels. So for your tests, follow through to this size and project your test on a 2k projector.

All this re-scaling really softens the image a bit, and you might be surprised, in the end, how soft the image looks in a theater.
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