I’ve seen the effects of my research while watching anamorphic adapters on eBay. Prices have been consistently going up since 2014 and good adapters are increasingly harder to find. This made me sad because the whole point of the Anamorphic on a Budget project was to achieve the anamorphic look without breaking the bank. Then adapters became expensive and the look was locked away from those without as many resources. That left me wondering if there was another way to craft the anamorphic look.
So I spun the process on its head and started looking at the final image. I wanted to reverse engineer the look as if I never knew anamorphics existed. What other tools had I at my reach that could put me on the right track? Over the last two years I combined various techniques to craft the anamorphic look. I did it in a way no one could tell if the footage is really anamorphic or not. As I went down this path I came to the conclusion that most anamorphic adapters are overrated – in price and performance.
Then I compiled all the data into a guide that is close to two hundred pages long. Almost half of those go into detail on lens modding tutorials. Post-production techniques, mods that don’t require opening lenses and related products such as streak filters and plugins fill the other half of the guide.
To prove the point that it’s nearly impossible to tell anamorphic apart from anamorfake I made a little quiz. I’m using my own footage and shots from a few friends. I figured it would be a fun way to reveal not even seasoned shooters can get the shots right.
Can you tell anamorfake shots apart from real anamorphic ones?
I’m betting you can’t. I’m so confident in my prediction that I’m giving a 15% discount code for the “Anamorfake It Until You Make It” guide in the off chance you get all ten images right! Click the “NEXT” button below to start.