USING THE CINERAMA CAMERA
The Cinerama camera because of its extremely wide angle of view, 146° horizontally and 55° vertically, presents problems not found in other motion picture cameras. The system has three lenses, takes a picture of a unified field on three separate pieces of film simultaneously, and integrates them into one picture on the screen in the process of projection.
The two places where the three images overlap, namely the match-lines areas, might be a distinct source of trouble in the taking of the pictures with regard to the subject placement on the set unless certain things are known about the system. The following material is a discussion of the features that have been observed or points of knowledge that have been gained from experience in using the camera.
SETTING UP THE CAMERA
Remove the camera from the trunk and set it on a tripod, a velocerator or some other suitable means of support. The camera is heavy and therefore needs a sturdy means of support in order to insure camera steadiness. Locate the camera with relation to subject to be photographed with due consideration to the framing, the distance, the camera angle, and the anticipated movement of the subject and the camera. Space should be allowed near the camera for the chamber trunk or chamber rack to facilitate the chamber removal from the