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4.Film Types and Formats

4.Film Types and Formats

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A wide variety of camera films are available today, allowing filmmakers to convey exactly the look they envision.Image capture challenges, from routine through extreme, special eects, and unique processing and projectionrequirements can be resolved with today’s sophisticated films.
There are three major categories of motion picture films: camera, intermediate and laboratory, and print films. Allare available as color or black-and-white films.
Camera Films
Negative and reversal camera films are used in motion picture cameras to capture the original image. Negativefilm, just as a still camera negative, produces the reverse of the colors and/or tones our eye sees in the scene andmust be printed on another film stock or transferred for final viewing.Reversal film gives a positive image directly on the original camera film. The original can be projected and viewedwithout going through a print process. Reversal film has a higher contrast than a camera negative film.
Intermediate and Laboratory Films
Labs and postproduction facilities use intermediate and print films to produce the intermediate stages needed forspecial eects and titling. Once the film has been edited, the cut negative may be transferred to print film. This isoften done using intermediates to protect the valuable original footage from potential damage. Today, manyfeature films are post-produced digitally: the camera negative film is scanned to produce a Digital Intermediate;after digital editing and special eects work, a digital negative is produced on color intermediate film using adigital film recorder.
Print Films
Print film is used to print both the first work print (when work print is being used) and multiple copies of the finaledited version.
Color Balance 
Color films are manufactured for use in a variety of light sources without additional filtration.Camera films are balanced for 5500K daylight or 3200K tungsten. Color films designated D aredaylight-balanced. Color films designated T are tungsten-balanced.Filtration over the camera lens or over the light source is used when filming in light sourcesdierent from the film's balance.
Gauge refers to the width of the film, and there are four commonly in use for camera films: Super 8, 16 mm, 35mm, and 65 mm.35 mm is most popular for feature films, commercials and US television. It can be printed to 35 mm print film orscanned or transferred on a telecine.16 mm film is typically supplied in single perforated format except for use in high-speed cameras, which usedouble perforated film. The Super 16 format is typically used for low to medium budget feature films, where it canbe blown-up to 35 mm release prints. It is also widely used for television production, where its aspect ratio fits16:9 wide-screen format well.Super 8 is available as both negative film or reversal film, supplied in self-contained cartridges.The 65 mm format is used as a camera film gauge for making prints on 70 mm print film for widescreenpresentation such as IMAX and OMNIMAX.
The film image format describes only the image aspect ratio (shape). 35mm or 65 mm gauges can have several image formats, because aspectratio is independent of gauge.The aspect ratio is the relationship between the width and height of animage. An image that’s twice as wide as it is high has an aspect ratio of2:1.
Rules for Aspect Ratios
• Aspect ratio = width divided by height• Aspect ratios are independent of the film gauge (the width of the film)• Aspect ratios are expressed two ways:– As a ratio with the height as unity, for example 1.78:1 (used for film)– As a simple ratio with the width and height as whole numbers, for example 16:9, or 16x9 (used forwidescreen or HDTV)
Width =2Height=1
65 mm35 mm 16 mmSuper 8
The industry standard for 35 mm theatrical motion pictures remained a constant 1.37:1 between the introductionof sound and the introduction of CINEMASCOPE in 1953.
The full picture shows the 1.37:1 aspect ratio. The dottedlines show the border of the very similar 1.33:1 ratio.
1.33:1 is the standard TV/Video ratio (expressed as 4:3 in the TV industry). It was based on the 1.37:1 aspect ratio.These two ratios are so similar that they are sometimes used interchangeably. This is also the aspect ratio ofregular 16 mm and Super 8.In the United States, there are two aspect ratios commonly used for 35 mm film projection: 1.85:1 (flat) and2.40:1 (scope). Theater owners who wanted to create a wide screen developed 1.85:1; they did this by cutting othe top and bottom of the 1.37:1 image.
1.85:1 (known as “Flat”)37

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