Peter Jackson responds to 48FPS criticisms

Peter Jackson shooting THE HOBBIT in 48 FPS on the Red Epic.In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Peter Jackson has responded to the numerous criticisms bloggers waged against a CinemaCon preview of the 48-frames-per-second shooting style on The Hobbit. This new technology, which uses double the traditional amount of frames to eliminate judder and blur, vastly improving the clarity of action in 3-D presentations, has been relentlessly promoted by Jackson and Avatar‘s James Cameron as the future of cinema. But most who saw the preview said, ironically, that it was completely un-cinematic and looked a lot like video. Here are the highlights of what Jackson told THR, firing back…

[The amount of criticism] wasn’t particularly surprising because [48FPS] is something new.

A lot of the critical response I was reading was people saying it’s different. Well, yes, it certainly is. But I think, ultimately, it is different in a positive way, especially for 3D, especially for epic films and films that are trying to immerse the viewer in the experience of a story.

[48FPS] does take you a while to get used to. Ten minutes is sort of marginal, it probably needed a little bit more. Another thing that I think is a factor is it’s different to look at a bunch of clips and some were fast-cutting, montage-style clips. This is different experience than watching a character and story unfold.

I personally wouldn’t advocate a 48-frame trailer because the 48 frames is something you should experience with the entire film. A 2 1/2 minute trailer isn’t enough time to adjust to the immersive quality.You get used to it reasonably quickly.

We have obviously seen cuts of our movie at 48 and in a relatively short amount of time you have forgotten (the frame rate change). It is a more immersive and in 3D a gentler way to see the film.

We are certainly going to experiment with different finishing techniques to give the 48 frames a look that is more organic. But that work isn’t due to start until we wrap photography in July (both Hobbit films are being shot simultaneously).

Source: THR