Senior HTF Member
- Feb 8, 1999
- Real Name
- Robert Harris
I often hear this “hard matted in the camera” thing. In all my years of working with Arriflex, Mitchell, Panavision, and MovieCam 35mm cameras, I never saw a “hard matte in the camera.” If anyone has used a 35mm motion picture camera with a 1.66-to-1 hard matte in the camera, I would like to know your experience.
In all the years I worked in a film laboratory & then as a Telecine Colourist, I only ever came across one 35mm feature that was hard matted in camera, & that was when I was transfering some rushes of a French film. I'd think hard matted in camera must be a rare animal.
I only recall a couple of examples of hard- matting in camera. Trying to recall which. Offhand, Mockingbird and Valence come to mind. Which would lead me to believe there may have been a single camera at Paramount set up in that fashion. I'll see if I can find sample frames.