Angry Robot

Pain of the New

Kevin Kelly discusses people’s aversion to the ‘High Frame Rate (HFR)’ presentation of The Hobbit. He generalizes it as something akin to CDs – it seems scary now, but soon it will be the standard.

I haven’t seen the thing yet, but I have some experience with frame rate stuff. Perhaps the lighting is an issue as John Knoll explains to Kelly, but I think our associations with different frame rates is a big part of this. The 48frames per second of HFR is much closer to the 60fps of interlaced television than the 24fps of film, so people are associating the look of the Hobbit with soap operas, news etc. More frames isn’t necessarily better.

• January 7, 2013, 5:19 pm |