Panavision: The Five Pillars of Anamorphic, Panavision’s Dan Sasaki explores the key attributes that distinguish anamorphic imagery. – Commentary


Hosted by Dan Sasaki, Panavision’s senior vice president of optical engineering, the Five Pillars of Anamorphic video series provides an in-depth analysis of the visual characteristics that make anamorphic imagery stand apart from spherical.

  • Magnification & Perspective: Exploring the qualities that lend anamorphic capture a more natural perspective than Super 35.
  • Disproportionate Breathing: Offering a close look at the distinct breathing characteristics that result from the different powers between an anamorphic lens’ vertical and horizontal axes.
  • Flare: Shining a light on the unique flare characteristics of various series of Panavision anamorphic optics.
  • Bokeh: Examining the elliptical shape of out-of-focus elements in an anamorphic image.
  • The Aesthetics of Anamorphic in Film and Digital: Detailing the anamorphic optics chosen — and the modifications made — for a number of projects.


Affordable anamorphic prime and zoom lenses are becoming more common as is interest by independent moviemakers in making their work in anamorphic aspect ratios with the latest affordable mirrorless hybrid cameras.

It seems timely to do some research into the history of anamorphic feature film production and the many pioneering innovations of Robert E. Gottschalk at Panavision.

The great but sadly forgotten feature film Australian Director of Photography Robert Krasker used Panavision cameras and the company’s anamorphic lenses.


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