Destroying Cinema at 48fps, Or How I Learned to Love The Hobbit
For those that haven’t heard, Peter Jackson (writer, director, producer extraordinaire) is currently filming a two film re-telling of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. I’m ecstatic. I love the Lord of the Rings movies and cannot wait to revisit the world. The films are being shot in 3D and (for the first time) at 48 frames per second.
For those not in the know, film has for the last 80 years or so been shot at 24 frames per second. Maybe you’ve even seen “24p” stamped on a Blu-ray player or disc. 48 frames per second is obviously twice as much. Why would you want this?
More fluid motion, my details will be absorbed by the eye, generally the image will be clear and sharper. But it’s obviously going to take some getting used to. So, here’s my advice.
Be glad that Peter Jackson (and James Cameron and a handful of others) is pushing forward the technology of film. Then watch the movie in 24fps if you prefer (there will be a release at the “normal” frame rate) it for now. In the future, when we’re watching The Hobbit from our implanted iScreens or running through a virtual simulation of Peter Jackson and Tolkien’s world, you’ll be glad for the extra visual pizazz.