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Left: C finds his
way home after
awakening as an
apparition.
Below: The crew
captures a dolly
shot as the ghost
makes his way to
the house.

came about. David was like, 'I'm never
going to be able to shoot 4:3 again.'
That aspect ratio is a very different animal to get your head around.
Palermo: Completely. I underestimated it, too. You would think that it
would be easier than it is, but it's just
totally different than the way I think.
When I'm watching older movies now,
I'm so envious of the way they used it. I
see frames from classic movies, and they
put 15 people in a frame and it feels
perfect. I'm just blown away by the way
they used 4:3.
In A Ghost Story, the frame feels
like a window - like you're watching
through some kind of portal.
Palermo: The rounded corners
add an aspect of feeling like you're looking through something. It was never our
intention to make it claustrophobic. I
didn't want it to feel too tight - and
with the costume, anyway, you couldn't
go too tight. We shot natively in 4:3 for
the main camera, but occasionally we'd
have a B camera on set, and those
cameras were not shooting natively 4:3.

When we saw the footage, we'd be like,
'Oh, 16:9's looking pretty good.' We'd
start to be worried that 4:3 was a crazy
choice, but I'm so happy we stuck with
it.
What did preproduction look
like for you?
Palermo: It was really abbreviated. I went out to Burbank maybe two
or three times, and we shot-listed in the
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lunchroom at Disney while some of the
color was going on for Pete's Dragon. We
didn't really look at the shot list on set,
but it was super-helpful to get on the
same page. David's a very visual person
and has very specific ideas for shots; it's
good to put those down and remember
that he's thinking this way.
The house had already been
chosen, so then I went to the location
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