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Film Tech for Beginners 01



Damn the technicals !!!


I know so many mad and passionate amateur film makers who shiver when they are told to hold a camera!


No my friends no. Do not shy away from this humbling knowledge. If for nothing, then for your own confidence! Pick up the camera and say “Bring it on”.


Don’t be afraid. Wont bombard you with everything I can, we will take it slow.


So, where shall we start?


ASPECT RATIO

What it is?

It just describes the proportional relationship between the width and height of your image. Simple.

The fat old TV we had, had the aspect ratio of 4:3. Your camcorders and DSLRs offer you 16:9

And the cinemascope (anamorphic) that wee see in movie theaters is 2.35:1



Just remember all that for now.


Damodar Naidu, a well established Bollywood DOP explained to me that 2.35:1 is somewhat closer to the aspect ratio of our own natural vision.


But what is Anamorphic?

Wikipedia says “Anamorphic format refers to the cinematography technique of shooting a widescreen picture on standard 35 mm film or other visual recording media with a non-widescreen native aspect ratio.”



Basically when you shoot in 35mm, the shooting aspect ratio is bigger than 2.35:1, however, you will see a marker indicating, where within that aspect ration, should you place your frame to finally get the Cinemascope aspect ratio.

Wont say no more than that!


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