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Anamorphic in NCFOM? (3 replies and 2 comments)

Rossana Signorile
2 months ago
Rossana Signorile 2 months ago

Hello Dear Roger and teams, 

I would like to ask you a tecnical question on lighting, because I think I have misunderstood something. I was looking at your diagrams on the lighting of "No Country For Old Men" because I had a doubt. I am going to film my first shortfilm using an ananamorphic lens, being the aspect ratio 2:39. 

NCFOM is shot in 2:39 but it doesn't seem to me to be an anamorphic bokeh. Am I wrong? Can you use spherical lenses even if you film in these aspect ratios?

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Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

Th film was shot in spherical Super 35mm. You could shoot 2:39 on an i phone as aspect ratio is independent of what camera you use.

Rossana Signorile
2 months ago

I a sorry for my ignorance. So I am able to decide if I can use spherical and anamorphic with every aspect ratio? It is just a matter of creative choices?

Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

That is pretty much true. Anamorphic uses a squeeze and is usually used for a wide screen aspect ratio that takes advantage of a larger emulsion or sensor area than a spherical system, which will involve a crop. If you did use a 1:33 aspect ratio inside an anamorphic frame you would crop so much of your picture area to the sides that it wouldn't really make much sense. However, if you like the bokeh you might still make that choice. I have never shot a film in anamorphic so I am not really the right person to comment about the pros and cons!

Rossana Signorile
2 months ago

Great, thank you so much! I have just some trubles understanding some concepts... since I'm not even studying in my own language, but your site has been very helpful.

Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

My pleasure. I am sure someone more attune with anamorphic can add a comment or two!

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