Wednesday, April 25, 2012

‘The Hobbit’ might look a little too good

From WWTDD, As you may know, Peter Jackson is directing his two ‘Lord of the Rings’ prequels in 3D and at 48 frames per second, twice the old standard of 24 frames per second. ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ will be the first major movie filmed at this rate.

Well today he screened 10 minutes of footage at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, and according to some, it sorta sucked. Because now the images are actually too crisp and clear, and it doesn’t look like a movie any more.

Devin Faraci on Badass Digest says:

“…it has that soap opera look you get from badly calibrated TVs at Best Buy.
The footage I saw looked terrible … completely non-cinematic. The sets looked like sets … sets don’t even look like sets when you’re on them live, but these looked like sets. The magical illusion of cinema is stripped away completely.”

A reporter from Variety (via IndieWire) was slightly kinder:

“…a thing to behold. Totally different experience. Not all will like the change. 48 fps has an immediacy that is almost jarring … unfortunately, (it also) looks a bit like television.”


Octopunk said...

Well duh, just slow it back down to 24 frames a second and release four movies instead. Four sloooow movies.

Jordan said...

It's a really, really, really bad idea. Whenever you see a Sony flatscreen at a store (or in someone's house who hasn't calibrated it) they've got this evil feature called "motionflow" turned on, which interpolates between the frames, and it makes movies look like soap operas. The 24-frame-per-second progressive rate is cinema; you just can't change it. I've done lots and lots of fiddling with frame rates and there's just no way around it. Hopefully Jackson will come to his senses.