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Ultimate Guide to Anamorphic Video & Lenses

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I am in love with the anamorphic look. In this video I will take you through different ways you can achieve that look on various budgets from $1 to $100,000 dollars. Special thanks to ShareGrid and Old Fast Glass for the footage from The Ultimate Anamorphic Lens Test: https://s.sharegrid.com/1Px5sJ More info ➡ https://wp.me/p8IV72-4vh My filmmaking gear kit ➡ https://kit.com/TomAntos In-depth info on the gear I recommend ➡ https://goo.gl/ZrPxTM My camera gear picks on B&H ➡ https://goo.gl/fSWk1X Exclusive tutorials ➡ https://wp.me/p8IV72-4vh CineMorph filter from Vid-Atlantic https://www.vid-atlantic.com/products/cinemorph Anamorphic Adapters from SLR Magic https://bhpho.to/2CjYce3 Anamorphot-50 2.0x on B&H https://bhpho.to/2gv1OzD SLR Magic 2x Anamorphot-CINE Lens Set https://bhpho.to/2Cl1ptO You can rent lenses and camera gear from ShareGrid here https://s.sharegrid.com/1Px5sJ Lomo Anamorphics https://goo.gl/MeDg1A Orion Anamorphic Lenses https://atlaslensco.com/shop ARRI Zeiss Master Anamorphic Lenses https://bhpho.to/2Ds73JO Cooke Anamorphic Lenses https://bhpho.to/2CksxsX Instead of buying these lenses you can save yourself a lot of $ by renting them out like most filmmakers do. You can get those here: ARRI/Zeiss Master Anamorphics: https://s.sharegrid.com/yloSM7 Cineovision Anamorphics: https://s.sharegrid.com/4bTbwb Cooke Anamorphics: https://s.sharegrid.com/6HZWoM Hawk Anamorphics: https://s.sharegrid.com/d2plj9 Kowa Anamorphics: https://s.sharegrid.com/j3Gcka Lomo Anamorphics: https://s.sharegrid.com/Ojxv5N If you want to see the in-depth lens tests by ShareGrid then check out The Ultimate Anamorphic Lens Test https://s.sharegrid.com/ygrhsg Also check out ShareGrid: https://s.sharegrid.com/MhSrIY & Old Fast Glass: http://oldfastglass.com/ Music I use is from Artlist http://bit.ly/ArtlistDeal Sign up to get 2 months free! ⬇️Submit your video to Filmmaking Times Live⬇️ http://tomantosfilms.com/filmmaking-times-live-submit/ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Remember, in filmmaking there's no problems, just a lack of solutions! Follow me on: Twitter: https://twitter.com/TomAntos Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TomAntosFilms Google+ http://bit.ly/18oyRJB My name is Tom Antos. I am a film director and cinematographer with over 20 years experience in VFX & animation. Jak się masz?! I'm originally from Poland ;) Check out my channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/polcan99 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ What is anamorphic? It usually refers to shooting a wide aspect ratio video or film but on a much narrower image sensor. Anamorphic is actually pretty old, was first used pre world war one, but it wasn’t really used in cinema until the 1950’s when television became popular and filmmakers were looking to bring the audience back to the cinema by offering widescreen epic looking films. This was achieved by using lenses that can capture a wide aspect ratio by squeezing the image horizontally onto a narrow film strip. Over time the anamorphic look became associated with many of the big epic films that used that technique. It doesn’t mean it is the best way to capture video. In fact anamorphic lenses have many artifacts and imperfections that give it that anamorphic or film look. Aside from the obvious wider aspect ratios, the most common to the anamorphic look are the horizontal lens flares. Also the vertically stretched bokeh and the distortion that happens, especially with the wider focal lengths that give the anamorphic footage an almost 3D feeling. Remember that when shooting anamorphic your image will look squeezed horizontally, so in order to view it properly you will need to de-squeeze the image. This is very easy today in any editing program. Back in the day it was done by projecting the films through an anamorphic lens. Hope you guys enjoyed this tour of shooting anamorphic in today’s world and if you did make sure to leave me a comment bellow. Thanks!
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Khotta Bogard (5 days ago)
I thought lenses were only about sharpness, number of blades, fast apertures and overall image clarity, until i knew that tilt-shift and anamorphic lenses existed....
Neb6 (25 days ago)
The Kowa, Cooke, and Panavision anamorphic lenses definitely have the nicest looks to them. And I find that the lens distortion really helps sell pans and tilts. Something about the 'movement' is magical.
Tom Antos (24 days ago)
Yes I agree. It's distorted hence not perfect but also why it doesn't have that perfect and clean digital look.
HeathenFPV (27 days ago)
3:09 and beyond
Alex Powers 2.0 (28 days ago)
Tom, if you get the Blackmagic Pocket 4K, do you have any plans to test it out with the SLR Magic 2x anamorphic MFT lenses? I am considering purchasing them as well as the pocket 4K, but am not sure how it would look. As far as I know, there is no 4:3 mode for the pocket, like there is with the GH5 and I don't know if shooting in 16:9 would be too wide. I don't mind the footage I shoot having an aspect ratio that resembles "The Hateful Eight", but I don't want it ridiculously narrow.
ibookje (29 days ago)
How about lenses for the iPhone like made by MoonDog and Moment? Can these be taken serious for amateur cinematographers?
I looked up Anamorphic lenses and I ended up here.
Tyler Skillings (2 months ago)
Hi Tom! Where is the footage of the kowa anamorphics from? Would love to see the full content thanks!!!
araagona98 (2 months ago)
I know this might be a stupid question but I was wondering: I have a Sigma 10-20 mm f/4-5 EX DC HSM lens. It's a wide-angle lens. Is it also an anamorphic lens? Does anybody know that?
Evaquiel (2 months ago)
pause at 2:45
Sandeep Deswal (2 months ago)
Really good explanation . summarised amazingly.
Blou Bear (2 months ago)
The number of kidneys I can buy if I sell one of that Zeiss lens.
Mohammed Shan (2 months ago)
Tom, you're awesome. Very much informative!
RJ Films (2 months ago)
3:13 the shot with the lady... am i correct here, that this shot has a bad cromatic aberation? the colors seem strange.
Edgar Sardón Sáenz (1 month ago)
Everything seems strange and unreal I don't know why he likes it.
Henry Chan (2 months ago)
If I don’t want the anamorphic artefacts, is it a good idea to just shoot on a wide angle lens then just… crop it like a noob?
Eugenio (2 months ago)
Great quick review I love anamorphic look I have a few of the cheap lenses Thanks for the video
Slim Yelow (2 months ago)
I am Michael Mann. How do you explain the vertical flares on my later movies? - Heat
Slim Yelow (2 months ago)
great video! loved it
Evan Theodosopoulos (3 months ago)
Hello Tom. Nice topic. Im trying to find out how to make the round flares and which lens make them.
Michael Filmakers ZONE (3 months ago)
What is the video they say when they talk about the kowa lens?
HELP pls: Shotting on GH5, (wedding), I need a anamorphic solution for run and gun without double focus. I need something compact for run and gun that can fit in a helicoper. any Ideas? for the sake of lightweigh I am running mainly 12-35mm and 35-70mm Lumix M4thirds. ideaas would be great.
DChaveit415 (3 months ago)
Samyang seems to be in the works of an Anamorphic lens! A little known fact is the 1974 movie " Chinatown " with Jack Nicholson, was filmed only using ONE lens. A 40mm Anamorphic Lens. If youve never seen this movie, you need to ! Top notch film , story and acting. https://www.cinema5d.com/development-samyang-anamorphic-lenses-spotted/
photographim (3 months ago)
anTOMorphic Antos :-) Great video, thanks!
Tom Antos (3 months ago)
photographim haha I like that!
Vinod Salian (3 months ago)
Thanks a lot for education.
Andrew Clunie (4 months ago)
Interesting - I love the look of the pre-36, but really hate the look of the SLR Magic range. You have the opposite opinion :) Nice content as usual.. been watching you since your old tutorials.. inspired me a lot :)
binh nguyen (4 months ago)
Thank you, what tripod & slider do you use at 4:54?
thebolivianguy (4 months ago)
Thanks a lot! Amazing video... objective, clear, nice voice and great explaination
FESTIVISION STUDIOS (4 months ago)
what movie was that
Emeka Mbadiwe (5 months ago)
Hey Tom, at 7:23 what movie is that? Is it online?
Emeka Mbadiwe (5 months ago)
You're wonderful. Thanks so much. I also noticed at 7:07, there is some BTS. Is that availble online as well?
Tom Antos (5 months ago)
Emeka Mbadiwe it's the cage watch it here https://youtu.be/VddWFfA3qcE
Shankar Reddy DOPe (5 months ago)
YOU ARE MY JESUS OF KNOWLEDGE
Vinnie Camilleri (5 months ago)
Watched this video so many times, love it some beautiful lenses here.
Roman Sapronov (5 months ago)
Great video Tom! You forgot to mention the DIY Kowa 8Z (16H) + Rectilux Hardcore DNA anamorphic setup. It will cost 2000$ per set and you still can swap the taking lens. The quality is much better than SLR magic and it's very sharp same as Kowas anamorphics
Jay Duffle (6 months ago)
Great thanks!
Arbaaz Patwari (6 months ago)
There's actually about a £120 anamophic lens on kickstarter that go finded in under and hour
edkfilms (6 months ago)
I have that too
edkfilms (6 months ago)
love it
edkfilms (6 months ago)
I have the anamorphic plus I have a Carl Zeiss lens from natural lighting
Cristian Priboianu (6 months ago)
there are new anamorphic lenses aviable now for mobile camera and they really impressed me for the price
George Stratigis (6 months ago)
#awesome!
T'Challa (6 months ago)
You didn't cover Hawk Anamorphics
T Sizzle (6 months ago)
You must be really excited about the new Moment Anamorphic Lens that was just announced!
Doktor Play (6 months ago)
Thanks for the nice overview to Anamorhic Lenses.
Hernan Cascabelo (7 months ago)
Using GH5S which 4:3 Anamorphic Mode. with SLR Magic Anamorphot-50 2.0x 1) If I use a SLR Magic 50mm T0.95 Lens with MFT Mount and 62mm Filter Thread, I won´t need any adapter for the connection and it should work perfectly, shouldn't it? 2) On the other hand, if I use a SLR Magic 25mm T0.95 (MFT Mount) Filter Thread 52mm with 52-62mm Step-Up Adapter is it going to work correctly? Will it have one single focus? 3) Using SLR Magic 10mm T2.1(MFT Mount)Filter Thread 77 mm with an step-down 77-62mm adapter, am I going to have vignette? If I have vignette, my question is, what is SLR Magic thinking by creating a lens and an adapter that doesn´t work efficiently? 4) Regarding the 3 cases I detailed previously, am I going to need the Rangefinder Cine for everything to work correctly? 5) Does the Anamorphot-50 multiply by 2.0x the Focal Length? For example, the SLR Magic 10mm (MFT Mount) has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 20mm. Does this mean that the focal lenght is going to be 40mm? Thank you very much for your time Best regards
Avidcomp (7 months ago)
Question: On the higher end options such as the Atlas. How common is it for people to raise the money to purchase a set for a production, and then pretty much get back the investment by selling them on again; i.e. so long as you sell them in the same condition you bought them, do they sell quickly? 100% what you paid, 80%? ???
Best Media (7 months ago)
Thank you
Jonny Soza (7 months ago)
Can u do a video on anamorphic lens under $300 like moondog labs x Beastgrip x Ironglass Adapters. Etc.
Martin Major (8 months ago)
I had my doubts when u mention the slr magic but the video gets much better thanks
Tom Antos (7 months ago)
Thanks! Glad you stuck around to watch the rest.
Ricardo Coronel Ruiz (8 months ago)
Awesome! Thanks!
Randall Priester (8 months ago)
Excellent Excellent Excellent! I can tell you put an incredible amount of effort in this video and it is greatly appreciated an incredible amount of information! Thank you. rp
BRIGHT MOON (8 months ago)
Pls my best I like ure but pls let ask sam questions in your email
Cheeky (8 months ago)
Great video I Thank you ;)
Zim Mhone (8 months ago)
so anamorphic is the last man standing in the digivideo revolution. i am going to rent some next week...
Photographic elements (8 months ago)
Great video, thanks!
peniku8 (9 months ago)
I'm gonna buy an anamorphic lens and only shoot greenscreen videos for maximum heresy
Tom Antos (7 months ago)
Noooooo!!!! Don't do it!!!!!!
Geoff Longford (9 months ago)
Thanks Tom. Thanks for your no nonsense approach. No hype. No "what's ups". No chipmunk music. By far my favourite channel for no BS content.
GONE IN 60 (9 months ago)
GREAT VIDEO TOM ANTOS!! TRUE VETERAN
Tom Antos (9 months ago)
GONE IN 60 Thanks!
Tito Ferradans (9 months ago)
Heya Tom, very nice video! About SLR Magic's adapters, I love how available and (sort of) accessible they are, but don't you think the bokeh gets too "diamond-y" when you're using faster apertures? You should give the Kowa B&H + Rectilux HCDNA a try when you get the chance, it's a truly amazing combination. As for shooting, do you think the camera makes a lot of difference? You mentioned your GH4 and GH5, both of which have anamorphic modes, but most mirrorless/dslrs out there lack such features. What would you say is the best camera to shoot anamorphic these days?
Tito Ferradans (9 months ago)
Thanks for checking out my channel, Tom! As for the Kowa B&H, it can be fitted with a single focus solution. If you already have the Rangefinder, that will work, but the Rectilux HCDNA (HardCoreDNA) is one of the Rangefinder's competitors and from my tests it's a much better performer, affecting image quality very little. About the cameras, your argument is pretty good. I want to add camera tests to my videos and was wondering where to start. Everyone is craving for GH5 videos, but the Ursa Mini 4.6K is indeed a stronger option. Too bad none of them are really fit for low light. hahaha. Lastly, if you don't mind helping me with a bit of research, if you had to pick ONE characteristic from the anamorphic look as your main reason to shoot anamorphic, what would it be? Thanks!
Tom Antos (9 months ago)
Tito Ferradans as far as cameras the GH4 and GH5 are good for low budget projects but they are limited because of the M43 image sensor. I would say the best in terms of budget and quality ratio is the URSA Mini 4.6K. It's actual super 35mm sensor that shoots in anamorphic mode also.
Tom Antos (9 months ago)
Tito Ferradans yes you are right Tito the bokeh does look like a diamond. Still from that price range those are the easiest to use. But I wouldn't honestly use it for a paid job. I did once and had too many problems. I will stick with actual anamorphic lenses for pro work. Unfortunately that's only on the jobs where the budget allows it. You have a great channel Btw! And a nice anamorphic adapter selection. Will try to get my hands on the lens you mentioned and do some tests with it... can that lens be setup with a single focus solution?
jan film (9 months ago)
Very nice video ,
Do you us anamorphic on your a7r3 and what do recommend for this camera?
Tom Antos (9 months ago)
Adventures in Fabrication no i only shoot anamorphic on cameras that have anamorphic mode. Otherwise the aspect ratio is too wide
major holland (9 months ago)
7:01 What's the name of this film? Please give credit to the video sources.
fhturner3 (9 months ago)
Dumb question: that rack-focus shot in Super 8 at 11:07...is the anamorphic bokeh effect what causes the background items that were in focus but shifted out of focus to stretch vertically? IOW, is that vertical stretch specific to rack focusing w/ anamorphic, or just rack focusing in general? I've noticed that before and always thought it was cool looking...kinda enhances that rack focus.
kupoa kupoa (9 months ago)
Thank you so much Tom for this fantastic Review of Anamorphic Lenses and cheaper Solutions! I buy for my future projects an 1.33 Adapter from SLR Magic. Hope we have better Weather soon here in Germany so i can test out the Anamorphic possibilitys with this Solution and my Lenses on my Ursa 4.6
BlueHouseBurning (9 months ago)
@ 0:05 — It’s not a secret, Tom. We all know 😀
Luciano Di Gennaro (9 months ago)
Epic comparison
Camera_Shit (9 months ago)
I’m using a moondog labs anamorphic adapter with a 37mm filter thread on my GH5. I made a review about it here https://youtu.be/rIQDN4qM32A While other anamorphots are quiet expensive, this is really affordable.
dcphoto80 (9 months ago)
Are there Leica anamorphic lenses?
Tom Mills (9 months ago)
Nicely done Tom.
Horus X Films (9 months ago)
Another video that makes me feel broke 😂😂😂😂 guess I’ll have to try the $1 one lol
sector9films (9 months ago)
Also I can buy a used Isco Anamorphic 2X Lens with Clamp for about 500 Australian dollars but I don’t know the lens
sector9films (9 months ago)
Hi Tom I can purchase an SLR MAGIC CINE 35mm T1.4 MARK II LENS used for about $300 AUS dollars suit m43 I have a GH5 is that a good buy?
Tom Antos (9 months ago)
sector9films yes that is actually a very nice lense. But it's not anamorphic just in case you didn't know that. Still a great spherical lens
Great video as always... What movie is the one in the begining of your video... the one with Brad Pitt?
Tom Antos (9 months ago)
Styrbjörn Dannelöv Karlin Killing Them Softly. Great film actually for its cinematography and if you like gangster flicks also a cool story
IgorD (9 months ago)
I was kinda holding on when $500 prices were named, but when you said $2-6k I just had to cry T_T
Tom Antos (9 months ago)
IgorD yup unfortunately anamorphic video is not cheap
Jean-Patrick Peuvion (9 months ago)
Nice job Tom 👍
Tom Antos (9 months ago)
Thanks
Ronnel Cuison (9 months ago)
Tom thanks!
Eos Müller (9 months ago)
Max eye candy ! Thanks Tom
fourth1000 (9 months ago)
do not use he range finer unless you want soft footage. I bought one for my 1.33x 50 SLR magic and returned it 4 days later. With th3 1.33x you don't gt the oval bokeh but it's less distorted/fish eye on wider lenses. Also, I can put a 24mm lens in to my 1.33x with minor vignette.
Karr Galaxy Studios (9 months ago)
Hey Great video to see so many Anamorphic Lenses! Which is your favorite to use in terms of look and functionality Tom ? I'm hoping that Manufacturers take notice and start producing some lower cost single focus Anamorphics soon. It really is an untapped much needed market! Note: Tom mentioned Double focusing issues with other anamorphic types such as a projector lenses that was never meant for shooting on Digital DSLRs. I have a video i did on Anamorphic Shooting on a budget where i take a double focus set up using an ISCO Red Ultrastar and create my own Single Focus Solution in order to get past that double focusing issue on lower end Anamorphics. If you are an ultra small budget filmmaker or just want to experiment that video could be an option for you.There are a ton of these Projector style lenses on Ebay. Check out my channel for this and other videos if interested!
Tom Antos (9 months ago)
Very true! Im considering designing my own lenses. Right now I like the kowas and lomos the most and for that cleaner look I like the Atlas Lens Co Lenses
ekphotography (9 months ago)
All coming from the guy who thinks 180* rule does not matter for filming video..hahahahaha I still get a laugh when thinking about your "theory" and how wrong it is..
ShotbyFALLACY (2 months ago)
There are no rules with art my good sir
Tom Antos (9 months ago)
ekphotography why are you here watching videos from a guy that you clearly dislike?
Zegeebwah (9 months ago)
ok, so anamorphic is out of my price range
Tom Antos (9 months ago)
unfortunately that is the case for all filmmakers. Unless you have a bigger budget you will most likely not be shooting real anamorphic.
Shiznuts (9 months ago)
Those Atlas lenses are soo so nice! Yet, just about any of these are out of range for the enthusiast filmmaker and not the Hollywood kind. But they make for a great rental if it's in the budget! Kinda didn't touch on vintage adapted anamorphic optics (just the SLR 2x one you put on 50mm lenses), there are quite a few of those around, like Sankors, Century Optics and such that don't break the bank. However, most of these solutions require dual focusing set-ups, which is an absolute pain in th... there are self-contained single focus solutions, like the FM Lens, but they then tend to get really big and bulky and in need of rails. I guess with anamorphic you can't have it all. Also check out Tito Ferradans here on YouTube, he's a great source for anything anamorphic. For me... I've tried back in the GH2 days with a vintage Kalart Victorscope 2x and a Vid-Atlantic clamp adapter. But it was way too cumbersome with the dual focus set-up. Guess you're better off reserving using anamorphics for projects where you have a bit of a budget to play around with. Because well yeah, the look is so so epic!
Tom Antos (9 months ago)
There are many great looking anamorphic adapters and projection lenses but I only mentioned two here because most are not usable in a real production because of the dual focus set-up.
Paz Rahn (9 months ago)
Love the x50 SLR Magic and combination with Canon FD 35mm. Beautiful and fun at the same time.
dutchvideoshooter (9 months ago)
I have an ISCO Ultra Star Blue 2x anamorphic projector lens. On my channel you can find some test footage and a video about my setup :)
Ricardo Diaz (9 months ago)
¡Excelente! Muchas gracias por el vídeo
Tom Antos (9 months ago)
Gracias!
Anyone know the film that the Brad Bitt clips were taken from?
AGStudio Awesome, thanks!
AG Studio (9 months ago)
Found it: Killing them softly
AG Studio (9 months ago)
same question!
Red Umbrella (9 months ago)
Thank you Tom! Fantastic!
Tom Antos (9 months ago)
You are welcome! Glad you liked the video.
Dark Horse (9 months ago)
Thank you Tom! I love this look as well and really didn't know much about it at all. Very best to you. Pete
Remco Ardui (9 months ago)
Why don't you like the pre-36?!
Tito Ferradans (9 months ago)
That's very true! The square flare is quite strange indeed, and some people think their lenses are broken when they see it for the first time. hahaha
Tom Antos (9 months ago)
just the shape of the bokeh is a bit too distort in around the edges and also I really dont like the way they flare... with the light right in the shot you can see almost a shape of a square in the frame formed by the flare.
Remco Ardui (9 months ago)
Hey to everyone interested in anamorphic, go to the 'anamorphic shooters' page on Facebook. Read all of it, and then you'll be an anamorphic Jedi :)
Photographic elements (8 months ago)
or Tito from Anamorphic Cookbook. No one loves anamorphic more than him. He also talks about affordable options, like mounting a projector lens and more fauxmorphic options.
Zach Hewett (9 months ago)
Please give credit to the video sources
Tom Antos (8 months ago)
I did. Check the full post on my website or the info in the description of the video.
Fredrik Lagnetoft (8 months ago)
+1, if you didn't shoot it yourself it doesn't belong in your video.
Martin R. McGowan (9 months ago)
I will say I love the anamorphic look, and ,most often add 2.35 or 2.85 bars to my shoots, but sometimes I like to have a 2:1 or 1.85:1 matte while maintaining the anamorphic bokeh, and found either the cheap modded Helios 44-2 (like $60 on EBay and built like tanks, thanks Russia!) or the first method you described really gets the best of all worlds if you shoot it right. That being said, I still want to shoot on real anamorphics just to shoot on them and see how they work.
Shiznuts (9 months ago)
The Helios 44-2 makes for an awesome and affordable lens with some quirky (bokeh) character to it. With its 58mm f/2 it also makes for a great adapting lens for vintage anamorphic front elements. There's 'Ironglassadapters' that actually mod Helios lenses, they open 'em, insert a colored nylon line, coat the glass elements for some anamorphic traits.
MEDiAgamer (9 months ago)
I'm 100% in love with the Anamorphic look! This is awesome thanks Tom! :-) . <---- EDIT, because proof reading.
Mangilo theVII (9 months ago)
I am in love with cinematography And i want to be cinematographyer like you I've watched all of your videos You are awesome :)
TheFoxtrotfenris (9 months ago)
Awesome video, Tom. Thanks a bunch. I too share the anamorphic love.
Tom Antos (9 months ago)
TheFoxtrotfenris it's a special kinda of love
The Film Look (9 months ago)
Film Look huh? Cool. Awesome video as usual!
The Film Look (9 months ago)
Apparently so! haha
Matthew13tube (9 months ago)
The Film Look I hear that you can achieve it, one shot at a time.
Tom Antos (9 months ago)
The Film Look Thnx!
Adam Kolanowski (9 months ago)
Tom I have question, what do you think about just adding black bars to video footage? Do you think it looks amateur when you do that (without anamorphic bokeh and no light flares)?
Louis Wong (9 months ago)
Not at all if done right. Most of Roger Deakins films are shot with spherical lens that are cropped to 2.35:1. Sicario being a recent example.
Tom Antos (9 months ago)
lol I like your whole comment but that last sentence really made me laugh. I've also had those moments :-)
Tom Antos (9 months ago)
lol I like your whole comment but that last sentence really made me laugh. I've also had those moments :-)
Adam Kolanowski (9 months ago)
Thanks guys for all your answers! @Lance Perchance thanks for examples and your thoughts that we actually miss that oldschool look while technology is giving us new solutions! So there are no rules, just taste of filmmaker! Same discussion would be probably with frame rates (FPS) 24 is "cinema standard" but Hobbit movie was shot on 48fps because such a decision was made and "rule" was break.
Lance Perchance (9 months ago)
Just an FYI, but those black bars are called "letterboxing." Also, you mentioned that it might "look amateur" without bokeh/flares. Do not focus on those sort of things until you know what the style you want to achieve is. Bokeh and flares do not instantly make a film more "professional," not even every Hollywood movie is shot anamorphic. A couple examples off the top of my head being Skyfall and Jurrasic World. Actually, Spielberg is known for choosing the aspect ratio that best suited his film. Ex:Jurassic Park was not shot wide so that more dinosaur could fit in the shot. One thing to keep in mind, is that Directors/Cinematographers have wanted to remove certain things like flares in their films for YEARS. They're considered aberrations or flaws in the equipment. However, after so many years of watching films with them, they became what many consider the "hollywood/cinematic look." Nowadays, it's almost easier to make a "flawless" (in technical terms, not artistic) video than it is to make one with the "flaws" we deem cinematic. Directors/Cinematographers nowadays actually try to ADD IN these "aberrations" because of their aesthetic. Hell, some even add in grain of all things to their films. So as Tom said with letterboxing, some films look great with them, and some don't. Rather than adhering to some "standard," find the style you find works best. Side note: I've shot with SLR anamorphot adapters mentioned in this video on a GH4, loved the footage, but I'll be damned if I shoot anything that I don't need to with it. There were more than a few times I wanted to throw the damn thing against the wall, but then I would remember how much they cost.
Caleb Watson (9 months ago)
That SLR Magic Anamporphot-50 doesn't look so hot. Just about everything looks soft.

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