Another Nail in Film’s Coffin

Last week Peter Jackson premiered 10 minutes of footage for The Hobbit. Obviously, this was a huge deal.  The Hobbit is one of the most anticipated films of the year. Personally, I wasn’t a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I loved Return of the King at the time, but when I rewatched the first two films I had so little interest I couldn’t compel myself to watch the third. Anyways, the 10 minute presentation was more than just footage from one of the biggest films of the year. Supposedly, it was a presentation that was going to reveal the future of cinema: 48 fps.

For anyone who isn’t 100% sure what this means… film has almost always been shot at 24 fps. Other frame rates are used in an artistic manner to create slow motion, or speed up time. For example, if you shoot 48 fps and then project that film at 24 fps the footage would 50% slower. However, somewhere a long the line Peter Jackson and James Cameron decided they wanted to change the way films have been shot for the last 100 years. They want to shoot in 48 fps and then project in 48 fps. They claim this would create a smoother, more realistic image. I wasn’t at CinemaCon, but other people were, and it sounds like they really didn’t like it. Continue reading at IndiesUnchained!


About Sean Temple

Filmmaker, Progressive, Feminist, Emerson MFA Student, Director of HUNT. I use film to critique our society and reveal the struggles real people deal with every day. View all posts by Sean Temple

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