Vertical Cinema: Where Audiences Choose to Watch Movies on a Vertical Screen, Not Horizontal

Vertical Cinema: Where Audiences Choose to Watch Movies on a Vertical Screen, Not Horizontal

Feb 20, 2014


Our filmmaking technology continues to expand, and creators are making use of alternative cameras — particularly the iPhone, which is now responsible for shooting entire movies. Directors like David Lynch want no part in it. “You will never in a trillion years experience the film… you'll be cheated,” he said (ranted) of even watching said films on the iPhone. Countless YouTube videos show that many amateur videographers and casual observers still capture clips in vertical format. It doesn’t make sense to many, especially when the iPhone is fully capable of shooting widescreen, but to some it’s an art.

A touring festival called Vertical Cinema offer artists and budding filmmakers a space to screen their works that stretch from floor to ceiling. They’ve even invented a special projector, photos of which we spotted on the Verge. More on the tech hacks: “The festival's team bought a Kinoton 35 mm projector and took it apart in order to rotate the shutter housing and filmgate by 90 degrees. They then rebuilt the rest of the projector around the modifications.”

These portrait videos were recently shown in a stunning 19th-century church. As the Verge points out, this is a very experimental set of films that are akin to an art installation versus pure cinema. Head to The Verge for more great photos.

What do you think about the Vertical Cinema movement? Would you ever watch a movie on a vertical screen instead of a horizontal one?

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