Gandalf Endorses ‘The Hobbit’ Higher Frame Rate

- 10-30-12Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

You know that setting on your High Definition TV that gives BluRay movies that soap opera/home movie look to it? Well, as I’m sure you’ve heard, that’s  what Peter Jackson wants his Hobbit films to look like.

Jackson is under the belief that shooting his Hobbit films at a rate of 48 frames per second, compared with the industry standard of 24 frames,  will make a better movie viewing experience. Is he right? Most critics say “NO!”

10-minutes of The Hobbit was screened at CinemaCon back in April. “It’s too real and not film like” and other similar comments were uttered from the peanut gallery. Suffice to say, the 48 frames-per-second footage was poorly received, and has been a subject of debate since.

Now, McKellen – who returns as Gandalf in the films – says (via BBC News) that he has been quite impressed with the footage that Peter Jackson has shown him thus far.

“I’ve seen enough of it to know it’s going to be just as exciting as Lord of the Rings,” he said.

“In fact in some senses it’s more exciting because it’s in three dimensions.

“It’s not the sort of crude 3D that comes out of the screen. Rather it brings you into Middle Earth. You see round the corners. You see everything.”

McKellen also says it’s not just him that is pleased with the way the film is turning out.

“It’s not absolutely complete yet but Peter Jackson’s very pleased with it,” he said.

Well, alright then. If Gandalf himself says this new frame rate is great, who are we to question him?

The Hobbit will be in three flavors when released. A 2D version at 24FPS, a 2D 48FPS and 48FPS 3D. Which would you prefer to see?

Source: BBC News

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  • Burnam

    what’s with that? why do high film rates and hd tvs make things look like a soap opera? are soaps filmed on nicer cameras than movies? surely this cant be

    • Phil Tomlinson

      Not nicer cameras, just at a higher frame rate. But that cinematic quality we’ve all come to love comes from the lower frame rate, so we associate higher FPS with cheapness.

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