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Disadvantages of shooting anamorphic


Shooting Gandhi in anamorphic
Billy Williams Film-maker
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Now we were shooting anamorphic and I've always enjoyed working with anamorphic because you have a larger negative a... as opposed... compared say to 185 shooting you're using more of the... the negative so your grain structures improved. The other big difference is in the focal length of the lenses; if you were shooting spherical you might use a 25 and to get the same... similar frame size on an anamorphic you use a 50 and so that... those focal lengths are doubled all the way across the range, of course this results in a reduced depth of field which can be used to advantage because with anamorphic you can keep the background softer than you would shooting spherically. On the other hand if you want to do a split, split focus, it’s more difficult on anamorphic unless you stop down more. But I preferred... prefer the look of anamorphic to super 35 which came later of course.

Billy Williams, London-born cinematographer Billy Williams gained his first two Oscar nominations for the acclaimed “Women in Love” and “On Golden Pond”. His third nomination, which was successful, was for the epic “Gandhi”. He was President of the British Society of Cinematographers, and was awarded the Camera Image Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.

Listeners: Neil Binney

Neil Binney began working as a 'clapper boy' in 1946 on spin-off films from steam radio such as "Dick Barton". Between 1948-1950 he served as a Royal Air Force photographer. From 1950 he was a Technicolor assistant technician working on films such as John Ford's "Mogambo" (photographed by Freddie Young), Hitchcock's "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (Bob Burke), and Visconti's "Senso" (G.R. Aldo/B. Cracker). As a camera assistant he worked on "Mind Benders", "Billy Liar" and "This Sporting Life". Niel Binney became a camera operator in 1963 and worked with, among others, Jack Cardiff, Fred Tammes and Billy Williams. He was elected associate member of the British Society of Cinematographers in 1981 and his most recent credits include "A Fish Called Wanda" and "Fierce Creatures".

Duration: 1 minute, 7 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2003

Date story went live: 24 January 2008