A question from an aspect ratio n00b.
It was my understanding that filmmaker always shot in widescreen because you got more of the picture that way. Every TV however used a 4:3 ratio and I heard people complain all the time about movies shot in widescreen being altered to fit 4:3 in full.
Why is is now that we actually have HD TV's that are also by design wider that we still get films with the black bars?
Is is just a choice? Certain films are shot wide but in full frame and they look fabulous? Is now just simply a visual preference?
If it is, as a director if I knew we were shooting a variety of scenes in IMAX I would also choose to film the rest of the movie in a similar fashion so as to avoid the Dark Knigh Blu-Ray fiasco.