Vertical Video on the Small Screen? Not a Crime

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

In 2012, Vincent Bova and Damien Eckhardt-Jacobi, two puppeteers who host a YouTube series called Glove and Boots, created a public service announcement to warn viewers about what they considered a modern scourge: People keep shooting videos while holding their phones vertically. For much of cinematic history, moving pictures have been wider than they are tall — movie screens, televisions and personal computers are all horizontal. The puppets argue that when you hold your phone vertically to shoot a video, creating an image that is taller than it is wide, you are spitting in the eye of that history. Mario, a cherry-red puppet with a ferocious fuzzy beard, regards the result — a vertically shot video on a wide screen — as garbage or worse. His pal, a brown groundhog named Fafa, is just a bit more forgiving: “It’s not crack or nothing, but it’s still really bad.” Mario and Fafa may sound histrionic, but they are actually some of the more measured online critics of vertical videos. Holding your phone “the wrong way” to shoot a video provokes surprisingly apoplectic reactions. Professional videographers tend to regard vertical videos as the mark of an amateur, and they react to these […]

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