Oar, Oar, Oar

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  1. Terry H

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    Everyone uses this term constantly but is there common agreement on what it means? Can anyone point to an authoritative source where the definition of OAR is written? Thanks.
     
  2. Joseph DeMartino

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    O.A.R. (not "oar") = "Original Aspect Ratio", that is, the ratio in which a film was originally exhibited theatrically. I'm not sure what is confusing about that.

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    Joe
     
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    OAR = original aspect ratio

    Any ratio used for a film other than OAR, outside of filmmaker preferences, is Non-OAR. It's the Non-OAR titles you should avoid.
     
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    oar, as in "row, row, row your boat..." Or the name of the establishment in "Support Your Local Sheriff", i.e. "Madame's Oar House". [​IMG]
     
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    Or more often these days "The aspect ratio desired by the filmmaker/showrunner"
     
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    One more can't hurt...

    O.A.R. (Original Aspect Ratio) The aspect ratio in which a film or other mediums such as television shows are first envisioned, planned and then captured either on film or video by the filmmakers.
     
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    OAR = Only Aspect Ratio !!! (for the film in question) [​IMG]

    but officially, the "Original Aspect Ratio" thing ...

    perhaps someone should tell disney about it. they seem to be having trouble with this concept lately
     
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    The terms "Original Aspect Ratio" are pretty clear. What seems to be confusing is and the question should be "What is the OAR of any given film". What constitutes "original"? Film makers intent? How the movie was framed? First time it is screened in public? How I vaguely remember seeing the film at the local Bijou?
     
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    To possibly confuse matters more, many contemporary 1.85:1 films are also shot with 4X3 (1.37:1) in mind. The director and photographer are fully aware of positioning most of the human action towards the center and not really using the whole screen for important elements. The viewfinder shows outlines for both aspect ratios as well. That together with additional info on top and bottom makes the film suitable for either format. So OAR is a hedge. One is correct for theatrical exhibition and one for video. All bets should be off for anamorphic 2.35:1 films, however. (I think!)

    Also, although many DVDs may have the proper aspect ratio in presentation, that doesn't guarantee that the image presented is exactly or even near the same as it was in a theatre. The American Wide Screen Museum has the following interesting expose:

    http://www.widescreenmuseum.com/widescreen/lbx.htm
     
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    Shane was shown at 1.66:1 ONLY because Paramount wanted to use the "In Widescreen!" tagline.

    Shane was made with no intention whatsoever to be matted into widescreen. If you don't belive that, go rent or buy the DVD and watch it with mattes.
     
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    Malcolm,

    I see what your saying, however I still stand by my post, OAR is whatever the material was intended to be viewed at by the artist. Although I didn't word it like that originaly, people get the jist of it I think.
     
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    Calling Mike Knapp?

    Matt
     
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    So what is the OAR of Kubrick's The Shining? The one shown in the theaters or the one Kubrick preferred?
     
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    The one Kubrick preferred of course.
     
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    That's a can of worms I'm not going to open again.
     
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    OAR = Original Aspect Ratio.

    It is the aspect ratio that the film was seen in when first presented to theater audiences.

    I created the term, so I get to define it. [​IMG]

    Mike
     

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