Christopher Nolan's Go-to Cinematographer Explains Aspect Ratios


Aspect ratio refers to the proportional relationship between the width and height of an image.

Different aspect ratios can affect the way a film is perceived and experienced by the audience.

The most common aspect ratio for movies is 2.39:1, also known as 'scope'.

IMAX uses a taller aspect ratio of 1.43:1, which provides a more immersive experience.

Filmmakers choose aspect ratios based on the story they want to tell and the emotions they want to evoke.

Wider aspect ratios can make a film feel more epic and grand, while taller aspect ratios can make it feel more intimate.

Aspect ratios can also affect the composition of a shot and the way characters are framed within the frame.

Hoyte van Hoytema has worked with Christopher Nolan on several films, including Dunkirk and Tenet.

Nolan is known for his use of different aspect ratios in his films, such as the 1.43:1 ratio in Dunkirk and the 2.20:1 ratio in Interstellar.

Van Hoytema believes that aspect ratios are an important tool for filmmakers to use in order to create a unique and memorable cinematic experience.