Why are effects shot in Super 35 movies not pan & scan?

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  1. MickeS

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    It seems that in most movies shot in Super 35, like "Titanic" for example, the effects shot are not full frame, but widescreen. Why is that? Wouldn't it make more sens to do the effects shots in 4:3 too, in order to get a better presentation on TV, since the rest of the movie will most likely be full frame on TV?

    Just curious.

    /Mike
     
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  3. Michael Reuben

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    Strictly a cost issue. It takes additional work and time to fill in the extra space for a 4:3 image as well as the widescreen image (assuming the intended ratio for the projected film is 2.35:1).

    On some films, though, they've gone ahead and spent the money. If you look at the 4:3 version of T2, there are instances of additional CGI work at the bottom of the frame. A good example is where the T1000 drops through the ceiling of the parking garage elevator in a molten state and rises while forming the shape of Robert Patrick.

    M.
     
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    Here's another silly question: why should we want a better full-frame (non-OAR) version of the movie?

    Granted, J.6 might like this, but I am glad they do not fill the frame with CGI. I don't think it would be a good idea to legitimize full-frame presentations more than it already is.
     
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    Each pixel costs money to reproduce. This is because of the time required in terms of computing power. Time=money. Don't forget the $.02 per pixel in extra electricity from running the servers that much longer.
     
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