Brian R Pritchard Motion Picture and Film Archive Consultant

 

 

 

 

 

Technirama

Samples of Technirama:  The original 8 perforation neg and a selection of different format prints.

Introduced by Technicolor in 1957 the negative travelled horizontally through the camera using an anamorphic lens.  The picture was squeezed by a factor of 1.5.  The image was 8 perfs long.  The aspect ratio was 2.25 to 1. Technicolor offered 6 different print formats illustrated below.  Apologies for the colour quality, the prints have been colour corrected using Photoshop.  To see how the prints actually look go to DYE FADING. In fact each piece of film has faded differently.  For more information Widescreen Museum

Text Box: 8 Perforation Negative—Anamorphic Factor 1.4

8 Perforation Negative—Anamorphic Factor 1.5
 

Double frame Print—Anamorphic Factor 1.5
 
70mm Print
 
35mm Unsqueezed Print
(aspect Ratio 1.85:1
 
35mm Cinemascope Type print Anamorphic Factor 2.0
 
16mm Unsqueezed Print.
Printed unto 35mm stock
 
16mm Print
Anamorphic Factor 2.0
Printed onto 35mm stock