April 16, 2017 at 10:22AM

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What is Anamorphic?

Can someone explain to me what is "anamorphic" and why is it loved by so many filmmakers?

I noticed that La La Land, which was shot on anamorphic, has distortion for straight lines which would normally require ultra-wide lenses (14mm+) to achieve, but Damien used a 40mm lens for this film. Is this a result of anamorphic?

The only thing I know about anamorphic is the lens flare streak.

Thanks for the help!

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Essentially they are lenses that feature LESS horizontal magnification of your image compared to vertical magnification. This will squeeze a wider horizontal image to fit the size of your sensor, and then in post production your anamorphic image is de-squeezed to make it much wider than the size of your sensor.

Here's a pretty good explanation from RED cameras...
http://www.red.com/learn/red-101/anamorphic-lenses

April 16, 2017 at 8:40PM, Edited April 16, 8:40PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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its a technique of shooting wide picture of lens which gives a panoramic view , was used to view as cinema-scope with aspect ratio : 2 : 1
and was created originally during the 1st world war to military tanks.

April 18, 2017 at 1:35AM

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marwan wahba
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