- Sep 19, 2013
If I may... vista vision had a long life shooting VFX for optical compositing. It’s 8 perfs sideways.VistaVision was a short-lived process where 35mm film was run sideways producing an image of 1.85:1, or 1.77:1 Currently proceesses are either Panavision (2.40:1), Matted (just use a portion of the frame - 1.85:1) or Super 35 (Use only half a 35mm negative but print it widescreen to 2.40:1).
35mm film is either Academy or Super35. Both are 1.33:1 (4-perf), but super uses the full area of the negative vs Academy which reserves the side for a printed optical soundtrack. 1.85 is matted, 2.35 uses anamorphic lenses.
You can also do 3-perf 35mm to save some stock if your shooting 1:85 or 2-perf (also called Techniscope) if you’re shooting 2.35.
Neither of these is very common.