Very early in the movie making process – during the first hours of conversation between the producer and director, or sometimes the director and the cinematographer – the choice is made to shoot the movie wide or shoot the movie tall. They don’t use those terms, of course. Art and Science are never that simple – there are always special words or words with special meanings. What they choose from is “Scope” or “Flat”.
From that decision they choose how the scenes will look through the first lens in the movie making process. From that decision also comes the choice of how the scenes will look on your big screen, which gets its light from the last lens of the movie making process – the lens attached to your projector. There’s a direct line from all the production work with the camera and actors and sets, and all the post-production work with editors and special effects, and all the satellites and cables from your theater management system to the media player that feeds the audio system, and the projector…to the lens and your screen. There on the projector, the choice is made…Scope or Flat.
Maybe you remember those old maps with the ship at the edge near the sign that says: Warning – Here Be Dragons~! Well…Warning — Here Be Maths~! But there will be drawings too, with arrows and bright colors. So, be brave. Continue reading “10) What Does It Mean: Scope and Flat?”