“The Hobbit” kind of…sucks?


File this one under ‘new technology scares me and we should go back to flip-books!”

Movie industry trade show CinemaCon is unfurling as we speak in Las Vegas and showing the world’s cinema owners the latest and greatest forthcoming attractions from the major studios.

In what some are calling a minor setback for director Peter Jackson‘s forthcoming duo of “Hobbit” adaptations, early reception to a ten-minute ‘sizzle reel‘ of moments from the films was decidedly mixed, due in  no small part to Jackson’s decision to shoot the film in eye-popping 48 frame per second format – your current cinema fare is shot in 24 frames per second.

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The effect, to some who took in the footage, is rather akin to the dodgy ‘motion-smoothing’ technology which you can find on modern flat-screen tv sets and robs the footage of the classic, ‘grainy’ filmic feel that we’ve become used to (younger viewers who’ve come of age in an era of hi-def, cg animation and clean, smooth imagery might not have the same issues).  It’s an adjustment to make, apparently, but one which can swiftly be made and dissipates many of the negative side-affects which many viewers experience when viewing 3D footage in the cinema.

Dear old Movieline magazine – or what passes for that once glorious film publication currently – has rounded up some early reactions here.

I’m all for technology giving us something new to experience – though I’ve become rather ticked-off by the major studios desire to bolt 3-D presentation onto any film that stops for breath long enough, the likes of Beowulf and “Avatar” proved to me that a big movie in the 3-D format can immerse like nothing else – so I’m keen to see what Peter Jackson does with his 48 FPS blockbuster.

Do we want the barrier between film and viewer removed in the way that this film’s footage apparently does?  It’s going to make it look like nothing else out there, that’s for sure.  And in an age where you’ve got to have a new angle to get your film in front of people and grab their attention, is any negative reaction at least getting your project talked about?

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One response to ““The Hobbit” kind of…sucks?

  1. Isn’t it true that the human eye can only process 30 fps? What’s the point of going above that.
    And I’m not a fan of the motion smoothing on modern TVs. It creeps me out and makes the film world seem less natural.
    Still hyped to see “The Hobbit” nonetheless.

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