Film Theory 101: Aspect ratio

June 16, 2011 No Comments

The relationship of the frame’s width to its height.  In the original ratio,  the frame was 1  1/3 times as wide as it was high (1.333:1).  Later the width was normalize at 1.85 times the height.  The standardized shape of the film frame establishd by the Aademy of Motion Pictures of Arts and Sciences  is currently 1.85:1 (Bordwell, David and Kristen Thompson:  Film Art  An Introduction 2001)

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