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.
Really interesting video of the history of movie canvas.
Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore - Dorothy Gale at The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Rosebud. - Charles Foster Kane at Citizen Kane (1941)
Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship - Rick Blaine at Casablanca (1942)
Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By’ - Ilsa Lund at Casablanca (1942)
You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow. - Marie "Slim" Browning at To Have and Have Not (1944)
Well, nobody's perfect - Osgood Fielding III at Some Like It Hot (1959)
Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you? - Benjamin Braddock at The Graduate (1967)
You're gonna need a bigger boat - Martin Brody at Jaws (1975)
Toga! Toga! - John "Bluto" Blutarsky at National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)
I love the smell of napalm in the morning - Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore at Apocalypse Now (1979)
Nobody puts Baby in a corner – Johnny Castle at Dirty Dancing (1987)
I'll have what she's having. – Customer at When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
You can't handle the truth! - Col. Nathan R. Jessup at A Few Good Men (1992)
You had me at 'hello.' - Dorothy Boyd at Jerry Maguire (1996)
Check out this awesome documentary about "The Shining"!
Before seeing "Before Midnight", make sure you catch the first movie of Richard Linklater's "trilogy" , "Before Sunrise".
The first movie, introduces us to Jesse & Celine, on their first encounter. The story seems quite simple: Boy meets girl on the train, boy asks girl to get off the train with him in an unknown city, boy & girl, talk, walk, fall in love.
Well, all that with a loooot of talking in between.
Jokes aside, the movie captures the essence of romance, shows us that you can get to know someone in just 24 hours and yes, fall in love. Of course this might have to do with the fact that the heroes are in their 20s, romantic, rebels, but the movie manages to move past that and treat this relationship with honesty. We get so into it that we almost forget that they just met.
Knowing that they will have a common future (they do get another two movies:-) ) makes it even more interesting to see how they will turn up. Will they manage to save this flame and turn it into something more? Or will they become a vague memory in each other's youth?
Don't worry dude! You're always gonna be #1 in our hearts!!
Check out this really interesting list of the 100 Greatest movie characters, by the Empire magazine. Not sure I agree with the ranking (Kane at #98? Seriously??), but the list is really fulfilling!
Ever since I first set foot on a cinema theatre, I knew that something magical was happening there....