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#1 Spencer Barringer

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Posted 21 December 2016 - 01:50 PM

I've been stuck on this for a while now. I can't figure out exactly what lens/process was used to produce this look, for this shot in Harakiri: vimeo.com/spenceris/ident

I THINK it's Anamorphic 28, 35, or 40mm. But, that doesn't explain why the horizontal squeeze looks so exaggerated on the sides of the frame, but not in the center. I originally thought it was cropped 14mm, but not so sure anymore. Can anyone provide some wisdom here?
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 21 December 2016 - 02:00 PM

According to these:
 
https://books.google...ndscope&f=false
 
https://www.schneide...ema/History.pdf
 
And other sites, Shochiku Grandscope was basically CinemaScope, anamorphic lenses made by Baush & Lomb. You're just seeing some distortions in the lens, probably a 40mm or 50mm in this case.
 
Some telecine transfers will also add more squeeze to the sides of a frame in order to not have to use as much letterboxing to hold the image, though I don't think this is the case here.
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#3 Spencer Barringer

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Posted 22 December 2016 - 11:52 AM

Hmm. Thanks much David. Guess, as I thought, it's just going to be trial and error for me trying to recreate this effect in high quality.

Thanks for the sources too!
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