Nothing could be as boring as aspect ratios, right? Well, you haven’t seen Jonathan Bird’s exciting and fascinating look at aspect ratios and how we got to where we are today. This short presentation looks at the history of aspect ratio in cinema, how it affected lens design, film evolution, projector design and culminated in the unique (some would say odd) 1.43:1 aspect ratio of IMAX. And while something as mundane as aspect ratio might not seem very exciting, it is in fact the very thing that separates giant screen cinema from “big screens.” Although this presentation will be most helpful to newer GS filmmakers, even seasoned pros will likely enjoy Jonathan’s lively and lighthearted look at “The Shape of Cinema.”

Presented at the GSCA 2021 Virtual Film Expo

Presented by Jonathan Bird, Oceanic Research Group