48 FPS

The Hobbit

There have been exactly 4,593 editorials written about higher frame rates ever since Peter Jackson announced he’d be filming The Hobbit in 48FPS. Experts, semi-experts and barely-experts have weighed in with a range of responses that firmly cover “Who cares?” all the way to “Film is dead forever and ever so everyone stop making them.” But we want to know what you thought. If you went to a screening of The Hobbit that featured the higher frame rate, did you like what you saw? If not, is it the kind of thing you could get used to? Or is it terrible all around? Let us know in the comments section, and feel free to share your thoughts on the movie itself. Audiences and critics seem a bit divided on this one, so we won’t be surprised if you came to a different conclusion than Hunter and Neil did.

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Boiling Point

Yesterday on Twitter a minor spat broke out, as is often the case when people type things on the internet. Participants included our own @FakeRobHunter, FEARNet writer @ScottEWeinberg, Movies.com editor @PeterSHall, and many others who chimed in. What was the topic of the day? The Hobbit and its 48FPS presentation. Firstly, background: As you probably heard or just recently put together from the previous sentence, The Hobbit was filmed in and will be projected at 48 frames per second, which is something new for the big screen, at least on this scale. Movies generally run at 24FPS and have been running at that rate for the last 80 years (give or take). By doubling the frame rate, Peter Jackson hoped to eliminate a blurring effect that happens during quick movement and action at 24FPS, but in doing so, creates an unusual experience, one of super smooth motion that has been described as either looking “realistic” or “like shit.”

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