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Glossary

FILMMAKING TERMS


Term: Letterbox Format:

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Technical method that adjusts the width of a film with a widescreen aspect ratio in order to be able to show it on a narrower screen by shrinking it to the width of the replay screen. The original aspect ratio of the material is preserved at the cost of a reduced replay size and characteristic black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. An alternative method is pan and scan.

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