Earlier this week at CinemaCon, Peter Jackson revealed a 10 min montage of the upcoming movie The Hobbit, putting the new technology he is using to shoot the movie on display. The reaction has been largely negative, but that won’t stop Peter Jackson from utilizing it.
In an interview with EW.com, Jackson supports his use of the technology and hopes that moviegoers will give it a chance and formulate their own opinions:
“Nobody is going to stop,” he said. “This technology is going to keep evolving.”
For critics of the new frame rate, Jackson has this to say:
“At first it’s unusual because you’ve never seen a movie like this before. It’s literally a new experience, but you know, that doesn’t last the entire experience of the film; not by any stretch, after 10 minutes or so,”
To date, every motion picture is shot at 24fps. Both upcoming Hobbit movies are being shot at 48ps, something that Jackson says enhances the 3D experience:
“Looking at 24 frames every second may seem ok–and we’ve all seen thousands of films like this over the last 90 years–but there is often quite a lot of blur in each frame, during fast movements, and if the camera is moving around quickly, the image can judder or “strobe.”
Shooting and projecting at 48 fps does a lot to get rid of these issues. It looks much more lifelike, and it is much easier to watch, especially in 3-D. We’ve been watching HOBBIT tests and dailies at 48 fps now for several months, and we often sit through two hours worth of footage without getting any eye strain from the 3-D. It looks great, and we’ve actually become used to it now, to the point that other film experiences look a little primitive. I saw a new movie in the cinema on Sunday and I kept getting distracted by the juddery panning and blurring. We’re getting spoilt!” – Peter Jackson on his Facebook page
However, the 10 minute presentation by Warner Bros was criticized for being too lifelike. One of the other growing criticisms is that smaller cinema owners are afraid of the costs of upgrading their theaters, some maybe thousands of dollars per screen.
Jackson is confident in the use of the technology, noting that as the presentation went on critics began to like it more.
“A couple of the more negative commenters from CinemaCon said that in the Gollum and Bilbo scene they didn’t mind it and got used to that,” Jackson says. “That was the same 48 frames the rest of the reel was. I just wonder if it they were getting into the dialogue, the characters and the story. That’s what happens in the movie. You settle into it.”
Moviegoers unfortunately will have to wait till the first of the two movies is released this December. The movie will be available in 3-D, 2-D and IMAX 3-D, and will be available in both 24fps and 48fps in each format, giving the view plenty of options to chose from. So if you are eager to see the movie in both formats so you can formulate your own opinion, the options will be available!
All quotes from the EW.com article
Source of Peter Jackson’s explanation of 48fps vs 24fps is his Facebook Page