Aspect Ratio demystified

John Hess of FilmmakerIQ demistifies the nuances of Aspect Ratio. In a two part technical tutorial, the finer points of framing for the various ratios are discussed as well as a look at the historical changes over the history of film.

Aspect ratio is just a number describing the shape of the screen. But that number has a long history. Explore the changing shape of cinema over the years and learn a few techniques of composition for the modern widescreen aspect ratios.

The Changing Shape of Cinema: The History of Aspect Ratio from on Vimeo.

Composition techniques are covered in the tutorial below.

Composition Techniques for Widescreen Aspect Ratios from on Vimeo.