I’m sure by now you’ve read at least some of those reports that popped up about a month ago concerning the negative reaction CinemaCon attendees had towards the 48 FPS footage shown for Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit. Now, none of us here have seen any of the footage yet so we obviously can’t comment on that. I do know what a show like Breaking Bad looks like on a 120Hz HDTV and to put it frankly, I hated it. With a burning passion. My complaints mimicked those of CinemaCon attendees: Everything looked “fake”, there’s no other way I can describe it.
When word started breaking of the negative reaction to the 48 FPS footage for The Hobbit I can’t say I was particularly surprised when people weren’t too keen on it. Of course, technology is going to move forward whether we want it to or not so I’m leaving my trust with Mr. Jackson (and by association James Cameron since he’s spearheading the movement) to make it work. Somehow.
Until then here’s a video with the brilliant Douglas Trumbull where he explains why films will benefit from shooting at higher framerates, despite the irony of this YouTube video maxing out at 360p and 29.97 FPS: