Cinemascope

A trade name for a system of anamorphic lenses and widescreen (2.35:1) projection.

CinemaScope is an anamorphic lens series used, from 1953 to 1967, and less often later, for shooting widescreen movies that, crucially, could be screened in theatres using existing equipment, albeit with a lens adapter. Its creation in 1953 by Spyros P. Skouras, the president of 20th Century Fox, marked the beginning of the modern anamorphic format in both principal photography and movie projection.

The anamorphic lenses theoretically allowed the process to create an image of up to a 2.66:1 aspect ratio, almost twice as wide as the previously common Academy format's 1.37:1 ratio. Although the technology behind the CinemaScope lens system was made obsolete by later developments, primarily advanced by Panavision, CinemaScope's anamorphic format has continued to this day. In film-industry jargon, the shortened form, 'Scope, is still widely used by both filmmakers and projectionists, although today it generally refers to any 2.35:1, 2.39:1, 2.40:1 or 2.55:1 presentation or, sometimes, the use of anamorphic lensing or projection in general. Bausch & Lomb won a 1954 Oscar for its development of the CinemaScope lens.

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Cinemascope
also known as
  • Scope
resources
  • You See It Or You Don't: CinemaScope, Panoramic Perception and the Cinephiliac Moment on lolajournal.com
  • CinemaScope: The Modern Miracle You See Without Glasses on vimeo.com
  • 2.35:1 Cinemascope (Anamorphic) Aspect Ratio Tutorial on devowe.com
  • What is CinemaScope? Definition and Examples for Filmmakers on studiobinder.com
  • Cinamascope: What It Is; How It Works on widescreenmuseum.com
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Adapted from content published on wikipedia.org
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