Tutorial: How to Get the Anamorphic Look Without the Anamorphic Lens

Maybe you don't need an anamorphic lens to achieve the look.

The anamorphic look is sexy as hell; the elliptical bokeh shape, shallower depth of field, and, of course, those classic horizontal lens flares. And even though anamorphic lenses can often be too expensive for some low-budget filmmakers to get their hands on them, there are ways to replicate a few of their most desired aesthetic qualities. In this video, filmmaker Brandon Li shows you two ways to do just that. Check it out below:

DIY anamorphic filter

You know those "cookie cutter" filters that change the shape of your bokeh balls? Well, instead of cutting hearts and stars, you cut an oval to mimic that anamorphic bokeh effect. No, this won't produce any horizontal lens flares, which is one of the most distinguishing features of shooting anamorphic, but it's definitely a start.

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