Terence Curren and Philip Hodgetts discuss the importance, and relevance of resolution and frame rates. How much is too real? How will higher frame rates be distributed in the home market?
And yes, another 3D rant!
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10 thoughts on “Episode 46: Resolution”
Firstly, I do agree that watching a movie in 48fps in the cinema ‘feels wrong’. And the idea that people (like Jackson) were surprised with the initial negative reaction seems odd, as it was ALWAYS gonna be negative. In fact, Jackson himself has said that it took him hours of watching the material to get accustomed to it so showing 10mins at CinemaCon was a pretty awful marketing mistake.
That being said, you seem to be missing the point of 48fps. The only reason both Cameron and Jackson are using it is for 3D. The obvious technical limitation of shooting 3D 24fps is the inability to have panning and fast moving shots for any lengthy extent without causing severe sickness in the audience because of strobing. In action films this is a real problem, and I think one of those directors once described it as like directing with one arm tied behind their back. This issue is not there with 48fps. Shooting this way is only a matter of creative freedom for them.
But I do think people with naturally resist the technology. I do have a prediction. I think (with maybe the exception of The Hobbit) you’ll see 3D films released 48fps, and the 2D versions released 24fps. That way people will have a choice. And soon people will associate 3D with 48fps, because once they get used to it, it will actually look better. Also, the very nature of watching a movie in 3D is a little false anyway (the glasses) so it’s not that much of a leap.
In terms of the future of 3D, I actually think it’s here for a while. The cost and pipeline is now in place, cinemas are fitted, and it’s kind of expected that Big Hollywood Movies will have that choice. It ain’t disappearing soon.
I agree that I’ve not really appreciated 3D movies that much, because to be honest, I don’t think directors know how to shoot them. That being said, I saw the 3D trailer for The Hobbit in the cinema, and it was easily the most impressive use of 3D I’ve ever seen. The reason was simple, they had filmed it like a pop-up storybook, in planes of vision, and it was beautiful and fitted the material perfectly. Obviously this approach wouldn’t work on all movies, but I’m genuinely looking forward to this movie in 3D, even in 48fps…
Looks like I may have been right about future 48fps presentation choices (even for The Hobbit it seems):
PJ: There is a huge audience waiting to see “The Hobbit,” and any positive press from Comic-Con will truthfully have little impact on that. However, as we saw at CinemaCon earlier this year, with our 48 frames per second presentation, negative bloggers are the ones the mainstream press runs with and quotes from. I decided to screen the “Hobbit” reel at Comic-Con in 2-D and 24 frames per second, so the focus stays firmly with the content and not the technical stuff. If people want 3-D and 48fps, that choice will be there for them in December.
Isn’t it time for another round of Terence & Philip Shows? C’mon, guys!
*And don’t think we’re not interested in hearing why you ended your involvement with the Ra project, Philip. 🙂
Bill, I’ll go with “Creative Differences” 😉
The subject of the first Terence and Philip Show back, will be Solar Odyssey and the lessons learnt. (And more of the back story on what happened.)
Will there ever be another Terence & Philip Show? I miss it so.
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