When you have lived most of your creative life thinking in a 4×3 box, it is hard to let go. Standard definition (SD) video and its standard picture dimension became so en-grained in my creative mind. I could compose the most beautiful and creative shots without thinking twice in this 4×3 format. Then came along SD in 16×9. Now as a filmmaker, I welcomed the cameras that shot natively in this format. If I wanted the effect on my old camera, I would have to add a letterbox filter in post production. I love the cinematic look of 16×9, but at the time, most Brides still owned traditional TVs that had a 4×3 screen. Most, not all, did not like their wedding film to be displayed with those evil black bars on top and bottom. The artist and filmmaker in me cringed when people would rent ‘Full Screen’ versions of movies as opposed to watching it how God and the filmmaker intended, in its native and glorious 16×9. As time progressed, more and more brides liked the aesthetic look that 16×9 would give. I still played it safe, I only used it for ceremonies and cinematic recaps.
Then a funny thing happened on the way to SD nirvana, High Definition. HD brought in the era of 16×9 native displays. Plasma, LCD and DLP TVs where hitting the market and consumer where quick to buy them. The visual language of 4×3 changed to 16×9. So as we transition fully into HD wedding film production, I knew it was time to let go of the past and say goodbye to 4×3. I only have a few weddings left to edit that where shot traditionally in 4×3. From this point on, all weddings will be shot in 16×9 regardless of SD or HD. I have to retrain the brain, reboot. The clip below won me a WEVA creative excellence award and I believe it was the only 4×3 clip to win that year. Farewell 4×3, R.I.P.