A short documentary by John Hess.
I don’t know much about filmmaking whatsoever, I just know the styles I like when I see them. It really doesn’t matter who the director was, the producer, or even the actors. I like what I like. That’s not to say I don’t have preferences or even favorites, I do. But that doesn’t change the fact that I have seen so many movies with people I have never even heard of that turned out to be amazing. Oldboy immediately comes to mind. It truly does come down to the story.
A friend of mine and I actually just had a conversation relating to this topic last week. We were making references and comparisons from everything to The Third Man and Chinatown, the old westerns to their modern counterparts — even old Zatoichi flicks to Tarantino’s Kill Bill series. While doing so, we realized the plots are oftentimes very similar, and the vibe tends to stay the same for the viewer. The audience can come away with the same sentiment whether it is old or new. As long as the story and the filmmaking hits the mark, of course.
However, the entire industry has been ever-evolving since day one and is constantly changed by technology and advances in filmmaking, editing, CGI, etc. This forces the focal point much more on the visual stimulation rather than the emotional. The actual story-with-substance is all but forgotten with most movies/films nowadays. Not all, but most — at least the ones that feed the beast.
What that has to do with the history of aspect ratio, I don’t really know. Or didn’t know.
So check out this short documentary by John Hess.
From the FilmmakerIQ.com Vimeo Channel:
John Hess traces the evolution of the screen shape from the silent film days through the widescreen explosion of the 50s, to the aspect ratio of modern digital cameras.
This lesson is part of the FilmmakerIQ course: “Everything You Need To Know about Aspect Ratio”