I’ve never been to Niagara Falls before. I was stunned to see all the bright lights and droves of underage partygoers that made up the tourist strip. And how can we forget the seedy underworld – sprawling, decrepit suburbia comprised of abandoned restaurants and hotels – that lay on the outskirts?
But what really mattered were the Falls. I created a little “art film” about them.
Inspired by aspect ratios of days gone by, I ventured out of my 16:9 comfort zone to a retro 2.35:1 aspect ratio. I was trying to achieve a more filmic look.
Some brief history about the 2.35:1 aspect ratio:
-shot on 35 mm anamorphic prior to 1970
-used by CinemaScope and early Panavision
-all Indian Bollywood films released after 1972 are shot in this standard for theatrical exhibition
-modern anamorphic productions are 2.39, but are still referred to 2.35
I guess you could say the Falls made me nostalgic. I envisioned dinosaurs and ships from 1812. Not the tourist trap that it became. Does the film make you focus on the splendid wonder that is the Falls?