Film Guages and their effects – Super 8, 16mm, 35mm, 65mm, IMAX 65

Film gauges

Film Gauges

The film gauge that filmmakers use – the width of the strip – heavily affects the mood and tone of the movie. While many filmmakers today choose to gravitate towards digital, Paul Thomas Andersonir?source=bk&t=312land 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=39252c51fd4815151b0c13640ed9d74a& cb=1533842791752 - Film Guages and their effects - Super 8, 16mm, 35mm, 65mm, IMAX 65, Christopher Nolanir?source=bk&t=312land 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=b42271c6b0efe91f0f591d6af6dd5999& cb=1533842804676 - Film Guages and their effects - Super 8, 16mm, 35mm, 65mm, IMAX 65, and Quinton Tarantinoir?source=bk&t=312land 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=5765e73c7e2a66ea8b192ef83a6bcb95& cb=1533842780501 - Film Guages and their effects - Super 8, 16mm, 35mm, 65mm, IMAX 65 have been very strong advocates for keeping film alive.

Today there are just a few major gauges of film

Super 8

16mm

16 millimeter film is grainier and often results in a dirtier texture. Think about  the raw and unpolished look of low budget horror films from the 70’s and 80’s such as the Texas Chainsaw Massacreir?source=bk&t=312land 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=193617fd0d23bbe0f7cdb6388d071c8e& cb=1533843118998 - Film Guages and their effects - Super 8, 16mm, 35mm, 65mm, IMAX 65 and Evil Dead.ir?source=bk&t=312land 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=dd4f639c342d5e24befac07f6e006a2a& cb=1533843369490 - Film Guages and their effects - Super 8, 16mm, 35mm, 65mm, IMAX 65

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16 millimeter is also ideal for gritty films such as The Wrestlerir?source=bk&t=312land 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=f78811272e0d6a50ae07745eaea99655& cb=1533842475325 - Film Guages and their effects - Super 8, 16mm, 35mm, 65mm, IMAX 65 and Hurt Lockerir?source=bk&t=312land 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=b0d7731cc78d3f29b62835b31443bb08& cb=1533842485393 - Film Guages and their effects - Super 8, 16mm, 35mm, 65mm, IMAX 65.

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However, the grainier, softer look can lend itself to feelings of warmth and nostalgia. Moonrise Kingdomir?source=bk&t=312land 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=c61d2e51cc7dee9d64b3663e2657974c& cb=1533842341485 - Film Guages and their effects - Super 8, 16mm, 35mm, 65mm, IMAX 65 and Carolir?source=bk&t=312land 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=e9c8c814ef9905f76968f2d962be2e48& cb=1533842586671 - Film Guages and their effects - Super 8, 16mm, 35mm, 65mm, IMAX 65. Lots of personality simply because it’s easy to distinguish as actual film.

 

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35 mm

35 millimeter is lush and colorful and is the most common choice. It’s the Industry standard for Hollywood film-making. Almost twice as wide as 16 mm therefore less grainy to the point where it’s easy to confuse with digital. It’s used for everything from Subtle comedies to giant spectacle films

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65mm

65 millimeter much less common. This enormous gauge was fairly common from the 1950’s to 1970’s for grand and lavish classics. It’s crisper, richer, and is the best-looking when it comes to all-around picture quality.

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Paul Thomas Anderson shot “The Masterir?source=bk&t=312land 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=0a19f638dc51335ead3a83e192fc7223& cb=1533844247715 - Film Guages and their effects - Super 8, 16mm, 35mm, 65mm, IMAX 65” in 65 millimeter becuase he felt it would help invoke the 1960’s feel of his period piece.

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Quentin Tarantinoir?source=bk&t=312land 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=505db211bf631174baa12e88a4099771& cb=1533844444168 - Film Guages and their effects - Super 8, 16mm, 35mm, 65mm, IMAX 65 shot “The Hateful Eightir?source=bk&t=312land 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=55f304b3f3dae6699228f52786caed75& cb=1533844453115 - Film Guages and their effects - Super 8, 16mm, 35mm, 65mm, IMAX 65” in 65 millimeter in order to release a 70 mm road show.

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IMAX 65

Is much larger than traditional 65 millimeter film and is intended for films that will be screened in IMAX ir?source=bk&t=312land 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=bd4cba4671c07a4ba5544ec03b38edbf& cb=1533844498847 - Film Guages and their effects - Super 8, 16mm, 35mm, 65mm, IMAX 65theaters.

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Danny Boyle used 3 different types of film for “Steve Jobsir?source=bk&t=312land 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=3e0816dfc3246e91d3747c83b4bf375e& cb=1533849872421 - Film Guages and their effects - Super 8, 16mm, 35mm, 65mm, IMAX 65

16 mm was used in the grainy, washed-out 1st act which took place in 1984 when Steve Jobs was trying to find his way.

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35 mm was used in 1988 to give the film a more contempory look to mirror Steve’s growth.

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By the time we reach the 3rd act in 1998, Boyle ditches film altogether and goes with digital, giving the film a modern polished feel, reflecting Steve Job’s technological advances.

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