Thunder Bay the first film in 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio

thunder bay poster movie james stewart first film 185 aspect ratio technicolor director anthony mann imageThe Filmakr app provides you with a range of Aspect Ratio Masks to prep your films for sharing on square-format social site such and Vine and Instagram, or to give your films that cinematic look such as 2.20:1 (70mm), 2.39:1 Anamorphic, or 16:9 which is the HDTV standard and for all intents and purposes at 1.78:1 is comfortably close enough to substitute for 1.85:1 Academy Flat.

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


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