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The Hot New Filmmaking Aspect Ratio

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The Hot New Filmmaking Aspect Ratio


In more and more prestige TV series, an odd aspect ratio is popping up on some of the most popular and well-reviewed shows.The 2.00:1 aspect ratio has stealthily wormed its way into our viewing experiences without any of us knowing it. Here’s how and why it was created.Technically, the first use of the 2.00:1 aspect ratio was in the RKO SUPERSCOPE format for the 1954 production of VERA CRUZ. Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster in VERA CRUZ (1954) In 1998, DP Vittorio Storaro proposed UNIVISIUM as a new film format with an aspect ratio of 2 to 1. He felt that the rise of electronic screens (TV, computer, portable…) needed a new format that could enhance and future-proof the visuals across all viewing platforms and situations. Vittorio has shot his last 10 feature films in the 2:1 ratio including his latest film Cafe Society for Woody Allen. Vittorio has even reframed several of his most famous films (Apocalypse Now, Reds, The Last Emperor) and released them in new DVD and Blu Ray editions. click to enlarge In 2013 the 2.00:1 ratio also known as the 2:1 or even 18:9 aspect ratio became a very common format on TV. Here’s the recent chronological history of 8 popular TV shows that use this aspect ratio: House of Cards (2013) click to enlarge Marco Polo (2014) click to enlarge Transparent (2014) click to enlarge The Crown (2016) click to enlarge Stranger Things (2016) click to enlarge A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017) click…Read more at: The Hot New Filmmaking Aspect Ratio


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