Originally Posted by Josh Z
No, Bud, that's not what we're talking about. You said that Game of Thrones and Planet Earth were "drifting towards the IMAX1.89 model and filling the 16:9 frame completely."
As I have demonstrated, just because these TV shows have a similar aspect ratio to IMAX does not mean that they are actually photographed like IMAX. That's the whole conversation
we've been having for the last week.
So now you're saying that the people who made the show were filming secret close-ups
that look like medium shots but really aren't? Seriously, that's what you believe?
No, Josh, That is not what I’m talking about.
Of course TV is not being filmed to be IMAX and you should understand the difference as you have authored a long running thread about TV that is shot in “Wider” than 16:9 AR and the focus of the thread is to figure out these “Wider” ARs so that folks can preset their projectors to show these shows more immersive than TV intended. We all know including the directors of these shows that TV can never be wider than 16:9 by its very nature it is not CIH or CIW it is a constant 16:9 size and shape and things can only fit inside it and be shorter or not as wide but can never expand beyond the size of the TV.
We in the world of projection do not have the limitations of screen size or shape and movies have a clear direction they guide us in, and movie directors follow the standards you talk about. It is fairly clear how one movie AR relates to the others at least in the case of flat, scope and IMAX.
Here is the funny part. We agree that these oddball AR of prestige TV can play well “Wider” than TV would ever allow because we don’t have TVs we have projectors. We seldom have clues from directors of TV suggesting how to watch something on Non-TV, but we take it on ourselves to decide.
Now comes the wild and wacky world of GOT. We got the top folks in charge of making the show on camera expounding the virtues of going to a real IMAX theater and watching their TV show “Wider oh and also Taller”. They along with the fans of the show are 100% sure it is a spectacle to behold in IMAX. I don’t recall the Stranger Things folks saying similar but yet you and I both feel it is true playing it “Wider” can be a good thing.
As to your second comment I don’t think GOT were secretly filming a mid-shot to be a close-up. What I’m saying is and the directors seem to agree is that in viewing it as such is not the end of the world and the benefit of having the greater immersion in the parts of the TV show that are not filmed as classic TV can be the benefit they speak of. This is not me speculating it is the fans along with the producers and directors of the show telling us what they think.
What is me speculating about Planet Earth, no different than you speculating on a few hundred TV shows you call “Wider” than TV in your thread, is the nature of the content of the TV show Planet Earth and its ability to be both “Wider and Taller” than any TV set allows. Surely you would not be opposed to someone pushing their couch ahead 2’ to watch Planet Earth if they wanted to. Then what is the issue if someone wants to relate that they instead because they can make their screen taller and wider for the same reason.
Do you think I’m telling people they have to view Planet Earth this way? I’m not and I really don’t care if you watch it on a 32” TV from 90 feet away if that’s their thing.