I have to confess that i did a really stupid mistake shooting a graduation short with Alexa Studio and 2x anamorphics. It was my first time shooting anamorphic.
I had a ground glass showing different formats and wasn't sure which line shows my actual framing. So i was checking the monitor to see the camera output to make sure. What i dind't know is that the camera apparently produces not a 2.39 Cinemascope image but a 1.33 x 2 = 2.66 image that has to be cropped in post to fulfill the dcp standard.
So i was framing at 1:2.66 an now have the option to crop the image or save it's width and project it with black bars on top and bottom. The film has a lot of motion so with some post-pans i should get along but still it's painfull.
What do you think about the consequences of having a 2.39 DCP with a 2.66 letterbox? I don't mind projecting black that much, but i really fear that the projectionist will start moving the curtains during the film thinking he's done a fault...
I guess the film has chances to be shown at 20-40 (smaller) festivals. What would you do?
Thanks a lot,