The term “cinematic” means lots of different things to different people. There are a lot of people out there who believe it’s anything shot on full-frame with a shallow depth of field. Some think it’s anything shot with a super-wide 2.35:1 aspect ratio. These ideas are all a bit simplistic, though. They’re also usually wrong.
Sure, they might be contributing factors to the final piece, but simply using a shallow depth of field or a wide crop alone isn’t going to do the job. In this video, YouTuber and filmmaker Vuhlandes walks us through his process for creating cinematic footage with some easy “cheat codes”. And they work even with an old-school 4:3 aspect ratio.