MUSINGS ON ANAMORPHIC.
I found this bit from Jon Fauer’s FDTimes interesting.
What is fascinating about the anamorphic image is that the unrecognizable out of focus elements create mystery in the frame—they bring the unknown into the image and challenge our brains to interpret it.
“If something is coming at you, attacking from the side, your brain computes the image which is not in focus, interprets it quickly, and tells you to be aware of that danger. This feature of your eye and brain is very well trained. It may not be a wild animal nowadays, but if you see a car that is not in focus, you still can interpret it as a car.
These mechanisms are not functioning if the image is astigmatically focused—as it would be with an anamorphic lens where you have two image points instead of one. In an astigmatic image, your brain does not function so cleverly. All these algorithms for computing the image are not working. So you are not able to recognize the object and this makes the bokehs so interesting. All the objects which are not in focus become very curious, very fascinating, because you do not know what they are. You think you recognize something, but you do not.
That is the reason the anamorphic image is so interesting—because we want to know something which is unknown. We are curious by nature and the brain is trying to interpret the image but it is not successful. So your brain keeps asking, “What’s behind the focused elements?” This is my interpretation about anamorphic bokehs.”
A collection of cinematography work by Matthias Saunders - Director of Photography.
For those of us climbing to the top of the food chain, there can be no mercy. There is but one rule: hunt or be hunted.
House of Cards 2.01, “Chapter 14”