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?

Do you feel like you're in the presence of magestic waterfalls, yet?

Niagara Falls Seedy Underbelly

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?

An omnimous bird of yore pretty much sums it right up

Niagara Falls Anamorphic Lens

Credits:
Film + Edit: Corporate Video Production Toronto
Music: Max Richter – Infra

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