Aspect ratios, ever heard of ’em? Chances are the casual moviegoer hasn’t, nor has he or she considered how integral they are to the overall presentation of a movie.
Older television screens present media in a 4:3 ratio, so not quite square but still rather boxy. Modern widescreen televisions present media in a 16:9 ratio, the landscape style that we’re now accustomed to seeing.
Movies, on the other hand, are presented in a wider variety of aspect ratios, from 1:1 for select artistic reasons to 2.39:1 and everything inbetween.
However, a new movement is taking place. The 2:1 (or 18:9) aspect ratio, devised and promoted by legendary cinematographer Vittorio Storaro in the ‘90s, serves as a happy medium between the taller and wider formats, striking a wonderful balance between different screen sizes and the overall feel (or style) of a piece of media.
To better understand the history and concepts related to aspect ratio–or to potentially catch a glimpse at the future standardization of media presentation as we know it–watch this fascinating video by StudioBinder to see why directors like David Fincher or Ari Aster have already made the switch.