October 25, 2012 · 6:30 PM
This location is shown only to members
Please come join John Schuermann for a rare opportunity to attend his national workshop on Motion Picture Aspect Ratios and how it affects you as a viewer, crew member or actor.
Please RSVP - this is a "limited" seating workshop.
Since the mid-1950s, the majority of Hollywood blockbusters have been filmed in the true widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, sometimes known as CinemaScope. This true widescreen aspect ratio delivered a truly panoramic, immersive experience in the movie theater, with the image literally 2.35 times wider than it was tall. Unfortunately, when you watch these films on TV this incredible impact is diminished by processes known as "pan and scan" and "letterboxing," where the films are forced to fit the smaller size and shape of your television set. This presentation covers the history of widescreen cinema from the 1950s up through today, plus explain the various film aspect ratios and their applications. By the end of the presentation, you will understand EXACTLY what those black bars are at the top and bottom of your favorite widescreen films - and even discover ways in which you can actually re-create the fully immersive CinemaScope experience in your home.