Thunder Bay the first film in 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio

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What was the first movie released in 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio Format? Thunder Bay

May 20, 1953 Thunder Bay opens in 1.85:1 (the American “flat” ratio) at Loew’s State in New York.

• Production Dates: late September to mid-November 1952
• Filmed during principal photography in 1.37 to 1 aspect ratio (Originally planned to be photographed in 3D)
• Released in 1.85 to 1 widescreen aspect ratio

BONUS FIRST: Universal Studio’s first use of stereophonic sound

The film marked Universal’s first use of stereophonic sound, which at the time was presentable only in select theaters. Some contemporary reviewers complained that the sound, with its use of three speakers, was loud and distracting.

Thunder Bay is an American adventure film directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart. The plot is set following World War II, when ex-Navy engineer Steve Martin (James Stewart) and his friend Johnny Gambi (Dan Duryea) come to Louisiana with dreams of wealth. They build an offshore oil drilling platform with the help of a large company, and find themselves in a lucrative business. However, local shrimp fishermen are hostile, feeling their livelihood is at risk. A further complication is the budding romance between Steve and the daughter of one of the shrimpers. Most of the picture was shot in Morgan City, LA, and some scenes were shot in New Orleans and on an oil-drilling barge thirty miles out in the Gulf of Mexico


How to Use Filmakr Aspect Ratio Masks

Aspect Ratio Guide For Filmakrs

Aspect Ratio Masks: Anamorphic, 70mm, Instagram, Vine

Our video camera app provides you with a range of Aspect Ratio Masks

Aspect ratio masks are black bars that cover the iPhone’s native 16:9 High Definition to provide alternate sizes for your films. You can change your mask at any time. The original footage you copy to the Camera Roll or back up to Dropbox will not have your masked permanently burned into it.

When you MAKE a film, your mask is included burned into your finished film.

What are Aspect Ratio Masks used for?

Use aspect ratio masks to prep your films for sharing on square-format social sites such and Vine and Instagram, or to give your films that cinematic widescreen look such as 2.39:1 Anamorphic, 2.20:1 (70mm).

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With the arrival of television, video formats became 4:3 with standard definition and later 16:9 with high definition, which at 1.78:1 was a close match to 1.85:1 widescreen cinema. We have not included this 1.85:1 Academy Flat as an option since the video HDTV standardized ratio of 16:9 equals 1.78:1 and therefore is for all intents and purposes a comfortably close enough substitute for 1.85:1 We just didn’t feel little black slivers at the top and the bottom of the image were particularly useful nor did they say “cinematic”.

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How to use Filmakr Aspect Ratio Masks

1) Tap on the Top-Center Dropdown which navigates to the Film Settings screen
2) On the Film Settings screen, Tap on the center circle (16:9, 2.20:1, 2.39:1, or 1.1)
3) On the Aspect Ratio Mask screen, Swipe the UIPicker on the bottom of the screen to select your aspect ratio mask
4) Tap DONE in the upper-right corner

Note that these masks are black bars that are applied over the full frame. To shoot real, native 2.39:1 Anamorphic. Filmakr proudly supports the Moondog lens.


Aspect Ratio Guide For Filmakrs VIDEO

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The boundaries of the film frame can take many forms. The history and evolution of formats is as long as the history of the cinema itself. (Hence the need for our Aspect Ratio Guide). However the heated development of widescreen formats we now associate with movies began in earnest in the early 1950s in the battle to compete with television which at the time was seen to be keeping people entertained at home preventing them from heading out to the movie theater.  Read more