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Mission: Impossible 4 Formats and Aspect Ratios

Mission: Impossible 4 Formats and Aspect Ratios

In terms of workflow, planning for MI4 was certainly a challenge. If it were just one film format or just one release format there would be nothing special to write here, but from the outset we knew we would be shooting multiple film formats and releasing in three different aspect ratios, and keeping on top of all that takes a little bit of effort. The final film contains imagery shot on six different formats, which means that there are a lot of different native aspect ratios and keycode/timecode systems at work. We also coerced all six formats into the constraints of just two aspect ratios, so in the end the anamorphic RED footage was slightly resized to fit into 2.35, and everything else was cropped to fit into the 8-perf aspect ratio, since that format had the most footage in the IMAX parts of the movie.

Pros and Cons of Cutting in HD

Hellboy 2 was a first for me in terms of cutting in HD. All of the other projects I’ve cut or worked on have edited in either NTSC or PAL, and so this was my first run through the process of organizing an editorial and post-production process involving HD. Overall, it worked very well. The editor enjoyed working with much higher-quality footage, the sound department loved mixing to higher-quality reels, and having that extra definition gave us assistant editors more flexibility across the board for how and at what quality we would turn materials over to the people who needed them.

That said, after a year of working in HD, there are some big limitations that got in the way, many of them from Day 1. I will go into them in detail, but I think I can sum them up by saying that the HD workflow was obviously not intended to be used for cutting film, and I hope that we soon move back to cutting with 4:3 material, hopefully in 1k or even 2k.