• The Hobbit in 48fps


    It's official - The Hobbit is being shot in the higher frame rate of 48fps. In a post on his Facebook page, director Peter Jackson explains his rationale and enthusiasm for 48fps.

    He describes 48fps as being much more lifelike, addressing problems such as blur and strobing that plague the standard 24fps frame rate. It is Jackson's opinion that, despite being resisted by purists, higher frame rates will eventually become the norm.

    "Film purists will criticize the lack of blur and strobing artifacts, but all of our crew--many of whom are film purists--are now converts." says Jackson. "You get used to this new look very quickly and it becomes a much more lifelike and comfortable viewing experience. ... There's no doubt in my mind that we're heading towards movies being shot and projected at higher frame rates."

    Jackson predicts that there will be around 10,000 theatres capable of showing the higher frame rate by the time the film is released in December 2012, although he's careful to point out that no one really knows exactly how fast the takeup will be. It will certainly help that James Cameron's Avatar sequel is also planned to be shot at either 48 or 60fps.
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