Remove ads with our VIP Service
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3D 
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey IMAX 
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in HFR 3D 
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in IMAX 3D 
Add Your Comments
- The Death of Physical Media is Far From Imminent [10/1]
- Los Angeles, CA: New Beverly Cinema Bucks the Digital Cinema Trend and Goes 35mm Only [9/9]
- Bill Murray Suggests Leads for All-Female "Ghostbusters" Movie [9/9]
- "Toy Story that Time Forgot" Coming to ABC in December 2014 [7/25]
- Bad Robot Tweets IMAX Camera on Star Wars Set [7/11]
- Road and Track Spies Electric Harley Davidson on Set of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" [7/2]
- Chicago, IL: Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (LMNA) Announces Chicago Location [6/25]
- Moviescoop Changes Name to Golden Star Theaters [6/20]
- Stay for the End Credits of "22 Jump Street" [6/13]
- "Ghostbusters" 30th Anniversary Celebrated with Re-Release on Labor Day Weekend Followed by Blu-ray Release [6/6]
In April 2011, we passed along the news that Peter Jackson was making The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey using the higher than normal frame rate of 48 frames per second (fps) as opposed to the traditional 24 frames per second. At that time, we thought it was good news, but only if the studio could maintain the frame rate throughout their processes, and if theaters would be capable of showing movies at the higher frame rate.
The Hollywood Reporter published an article yesterday that says that those hopes may not be in vain:
The cinema technology industry is working to give movie goers the opportunity to see The Hobbit: An Unfinished Journey in 3D projected at 48 frames per second when it opens in theaters this December.
The question is, just how many theaters around the world will be able to accommodate this sort of presentation of Peter Jackson's epic fantasy, the first major motion picture to be made at the high frame rate (HFR) of 48 fps.
Digital cinema auditoriums are currently not equipped to support 48 fps movies, though work is being done to change that.
Each projector maker will have its own strategy for high frame rate support.
The article goes on to say that the production team is indeed keeping the 48 fps frame rate through the production process. They are using techniques to manage the large amount of data, both from a storage and a production standpoint (they are shooting 6-12 terabytes of data per day).
Click the Read link below for the full article.
This is good news indeed, but it still requires theaters to upgrade their projectors to support the higher frame rate. I would imagine that this upgrade will not come free, so each theater will have to decide whether to make the investment or not. It will also require fans that are interested to seek out those theaters that have made the investment so we can bask in what should be the higher quality picture coming at us at twice the usual speed. We here at The BigScreen Cinema Guide will do our best to make that possible!
Will You Seek Out High Frame Rate Movies?
Would you choose a high frame rate presentation of The Hobbit or other movie over one that was at the regular rate? We're interested to see how many people are interested in this development, so please leave your comments below!
Add Your Comments
No comments found. Be the first and let us know what you think!
Add Your Comments
|Commenting on Journal Articles is available only to our readers who have customized this site, which makes it easier for you to complete the form and for us to contact you with any questions or concerns about your comments.|
Please login or register a new account before continuing.
Log in to retrieve your saved settings.
Forget Your Passcode?Send My Passcode To Me
Not Registered? Create a New Account!
Our registered members enjoy more features, including:
- Save Your Location -- the site remembers your location, no having to re-enter it each time you visit
- Favorite Theaters List -- keep a handy list of the theaters you attend
- Favorite Movies List - movies you want to see, all in one place
- Write Movie Reviews -- share your opinions of the movies you see
- Block Ads with VIP Service -- view this site ad free (subscription req'd)
Basic accounts are free -- sign up today!
Concerned About Privacy?
Journal/Blog - The Marquee - Movie Links - News and Events - Now Showing - Reader Reviews
Customize - VIP Service
|The BigScreen Cinema Guide is a service of SVJ Designs LLC. All graphics, layout, and structure of this service (unless otherwise specified) are Copyright © 1995-2014, SVJ Designs. The BigScreen Cinema Guide is a trademark of SVJ Designs. All rights reserved.
'ACADEMY AWARDS®' and 'OSCAR®' are the registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.