A Beginner’s Guide to Aspect Ratios

the-grand-budapest-hotelEmpire Magazine’s Film Studies 101 shares the history and range of the film maker’s canvas, the aspect ratio. A great example is in Wes Anderson’s latest opus Grand Budapest Hotel, which uses not one but three different aspect ratios to portray different time periods.

  • 1.85:1 – For the modern scenes with Tom Wilkinson
  • 2.35:1 – For the 1960s scenes with F. Murray Abraham & Jude Law
  • 1.37:1 – The old ratio for the main body of the film with Tony Revolori & Raplh Fiennes.

Now enjoy this lengthy article on why breaking the rules introduced a standard and also opened an pallet for artistic film expression.

EMPIRE ONLINE – A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO ASPECT RATIOS

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