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Go Anamorphic with the Arri ALEXA Plus 4:3

There is no denying that anamorphic has come back in a big way this year, and it is more accessible than ever. With the increase of anamorphic glass in the market and the 4:3 sensor of the ALEXA Plus 4:3, more filmmakers are able to find an affordable way to get the anamorphic look.

Contact AbelCine Rental for an ALEXA Plus 4:3 anamorphic rental package, and read more about anamorphic cinematography below.

Here is a collection of some of the best anamorphic resources from around the web.


What is Anamorphic? - by ARRI, Sep 2011 - This video by Arri demonstrates the visual characteristics of the anamorphic look. Filmmakers and audiences alike have grown up with the uniquely cinematic anamorphic look and associate it with the emotional impact of big-screen movies. The sheer width and clarity of the format, its shallow depth of field, the way it handles out of focus backgrounds and flares, all of these have been burned into the subconscious of cinema-goers for over half a century.


All About Anamorphic - by Jon Fauer, Issue 53, Apr 2013 - In this Film & Digital Times article, Jon Fauer gives a brief look into the development of anamorphic in the 1950s and the technology behind the look. Then he gives an in-depth review of where the technology is today with the ARRI ALEXA 4:3 and lenses available from Angénieux, Cooke, ARRI / ZEISS, Hawk and Panavision.


ALEXA's Anamorphic De-Squeeze Explained - by Ian McCausland, Aug 2010 - In this article, Ian goes over the ALEXA's four de-squeeze modes for monitoring and playback.


NAB 2013: Arri/Zeiss Master Anamorphics - by Mitch Gross, Apr 2013 - Mitch talks with Thorsten Meywald, Product Manager Lenses for Arri, about their new line of Master Anamorphic lenses. They showed off three lenses at their NAB booth, the 35mm, the 75mm and the 50mm; Arri is planning to expand the line to include a 40mm, 60mm, 100mm and a 135mm as well.


NAB 2013: Angenieux Optimo Anamorphic 56-152 2S Zoom - by Mitch Gross, Apr 2013 - Angenieux debuted its first anamorphic lens, the Optimo Anamorphic 56-152mm 2S Zoom, at NAB.


Denis Rouden on Alexa Studio Anamorphic - by Jon Fauer, Sep 2012 - Denis Rouden speaks about his experience using ALEXA and anamorphic lenses on Miserere, a supernatural thriller starring Gérard Depardieu, Thierry Lhermitte and Joey Starr.


IBC: Digital Anamorphic - by Benjamin B, Sep 2013 - In this article on ASC.com, Benjamin gives the full run down of anamorphic technology at IBC 2013 and in the industry at large.

AbelCine Team
Our Technical Specialists contributed to this blog.

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