To someone who’s hardcore into all the various technical aspects their movies, a “cinefile” by definition, any new technology or filming technique is just a fad, until it is used enough times to make it the new standard in the industry.

So when Peter Jackson announced that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and it’s subsequent sequels, would be shot in High Frame Rate 3D regular moviegoers (non cinefiles) shouted a collective “What the hell is High Frame Rate 3D?”

HFR 3D is a process where by shooting a movie in 48 frames per second rather than the film industry standard 24, a movie using HFR has less motion blur and increased clarity, much like a new television with a high refresh rate. This may still have you scratching your head at a the mere thought, but Warner Bros, MGM, and New Line crafted a neat little “cheat sheet” to any questions you might have about HFR 3D.

Check out the full guide in following the jump:

Hopefully, this answered any questions you may have, HFR is simply a digital that allows you to shoot a movie at twice the normal rate. They’re not trying to introduce smell-o-vision or 4D films (yet), all the studios are doing is introducing a format that can be converted into every other format currently on the market.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis and Benedict Cumberbatch hits theaters this holiday season on December 14th, 2012.

Source: First Showing

Category: Film

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