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FILM Aspect Ratios [3]





FILM aspect ratio [psycho e.g.


What you need to know about Aspect Ratios and Letter-boxing


Serge Golikov in Redshark, 8 Oct 2014


This is post no. 3 on aspect ratios. It’s not as if there isn’t a wealth of info, but where is the simple fool-proof explanation with nice diagrams and photos an idiot can understand. Check out the Google image search to see other ways of explaining the same thing. The header is one in there I noticed from a post, Going Psycho Over Aspect Ratios, in Film Buff Online.



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October 15, 2014 Posted by | aspect ratio | , | Leave a comment

FILM TECHNIQUES aspect ratio





FILM ASPECT RATIO graphic [copy 2]


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Google image aspect ratios – tonnes of ways of showing, but this is one of the best. Stored this away for months for another post but the subject came up again in another context. Trying to find it in another search came up blank, then today having anyway found it deep down in the dungeons of a hard-drive, it came right up in a further search.

I’ve written here and there about interpretation in general terms – interpretative – gearing explanations to the audience and so on – and this is a great example. Just happens to be about film, combining two interests!

The majority of the graphics on aspect ratio try to economise, reduce space, but that ends up making the differences in format less clear on immediate viewing. Really more than one diagram is needed. This is one of the simplest of the compressed style.


FILM Aspect ratio 2 [combined]

January 9, 2014 Posted by | film aspect ratio | | Leave a comment