August 24, 2018

How Full Frame & Super 35 Sensors Affect The Cinematography Process

Let’s look at the visual results we get with larger sensors.

We’ve seen our share of formats over the decades—Kinetoscope, Cinerama, Cinemascope, Ultra Panavision 70, IMAX—but out of all of them, Super 35 is probably the most popular among filmmakers since its debut in the early 1980s.

What we’re seeing today is the industry moving towards larger full frame sensors, or what we like to refer to as full format emerge. These are cameras with sensors approximately 36mm x 24mm, though they may be slightly larger or smaller (but below 65mm).

Discussions are shifting towards topics like,: “What’s the difference between Super 35 and full frame?” and “Which one should I use?” The latter has a simpler answer: Neither one is right or wrong. They’re tools.

Define your story. Choose the look you want. It doesn’t have to be one format throughout the entire process.

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Source: NoFilmSchool