Hey everyone this is Sam Reid here with a quick blog entry! A big thank you again to all those who have supported us on this movie, we are grateful for all your help on this. I figured I’d give you all a little write up on one of the things we are doing with the look of the movie; shooting in the aspect ratio of 2.00:1 and why we chose it!
Back in April of this year I worked with Justin Cauti, Justin Brunelle and Carlee Ryski on a one-day project. It was a short demo scene we shot for Carlee that was an excerpt from a screenplay by Cauti. That project was the first time I tried shooting with the Canon C100 using only natural light. We did something else new too; we framed with the 2.00:1 aspect ratio in mind.
I’ve seen this ratio used before, mainly on all 3 seasons of House of Cards and more recently Jurassic World. But my first knowledge of it came way back when Apocalypse Now! was released on DVD and the film’s cinematographer decided to crop the film from 2.35:1 to 2.00:1. I don’t know if cropping a masterpiece like that was a good idea (it’s the original 2.35 ratio on Blu-ray) but I’m no Vittorio Storaro.
Early in pre-production Justin Kueber and I talked about shooting On The Rocks in this format. What I liked about it was that I would get the benefit of framing for wider shots but at the same time have a little extra frame space at the top and bottom which would allow us to fit more of the tall mountains and hills of the badlands.
Even though we are framing for 2.00 we are still shooting in 1.78 so this allows us in post to shift the frame up or down if needed to slightly reframe the shots or stabilize them.
Below is an example of a shot we did featuring the Drifter character as photographed in 1.78:1 and then properly matted to 2.00:1. For fun I also made an example of what it would look like in the more traditional 2.35:1 format.