People all over the world are waiting around to see Peter Jackson’s much-anticipated Lord of the Rings “prequel”, The Hobbit. A whole country full of lucky wankers – namely New Zealand – gets to see the thing early. And while we should all be jealous, we should also all heed the warning that some New Zealander’s are sending:
People watching The Hobbit are becoming physically ill.
And before you ask, no it’s not the quality of the movie that’s doing it. It is, in fact, Jackson’s experimental, crazy-ass, high-tech 48 frames per second format that he decided to shoot the thing in. One might think that the more frame rate the better the movie, but that just doesn’t appear to be the case. In addition to complaining about sick stomachs, people are also saying that the flick looks unnatural and that the higher frame rate is unnerving.
Normally, we human beings watch movies at 24 fps. The new 48 fps format is still in its early stages and The Hobbit is the first film to bring its marvel to a world-wide audience. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t seem to be working out.
Luckily, the 48 fps is only in select theaters, so you can just avoid it entirely and stick with the 24 fps if you fear for your stomach’s health. Otherwise, you might want to bring a barf bag, just in case.
Me, I’ll pass on the new technology. I never liked being used as a guinea pig anyways and I’m there for the story, not the fancy camera tech. What do the folks in Internet land think? Want to see this new frame rate or could care less?
Thanks to blastr for the heads-up.