Now that the 10 minute footage has been revealed at CinemaCon and some people have voiced their (not-so-good) opinions on it, what I’m wondering is… why this is a surprise to some people? When I first read about Jackson filming it at 48 frames per second, I immediately thought of HDTVs. What people are saying about the footage is that it feels as if you’re actually on the set, not in the movie itself. Well, that’s exactly what it felt like for me watching shows and movies on my cousin’s HDTV, and yet people still buy those TVs and they companies are making a considerable profit out of it. So, why not do the same for theaters, right? Take it or leave it, hopefully it won’t affect the storytelling itself and the action and the actors abilities to perform their parts effectively.
Here’s what Peter had to say about the issue of the frame rate:
“Nobody is going to stop,” he said. “This technology is going to keep evolving.”
He hopes critics of the format will change their minds when they see the finished film.
“At first it’s unusual because you’ve never seen a movie like this before. It’s literally a new experience, but you know, that doesn’t last the entire experience of the film; not by any stretch, after 10 minutes or so,” Jackson tells EW. “That’s a different experience than if you see a fast-cutting montage at a technical presentation.”
And if people refuse to see it because of the new format?
“I can’t say anything,” Jackson acknowledges. “Just like I can’t say anything to someone who doesn’t like fish. You can’t explain why fish tastes great and why they should enjoy it.”
“A couple of the more negative commenters from CinemaCon said that in the Gollum and Bilbo scene [which took place later in the presentation] they didn’t mind it and got used to that,” Jackson says. “That was the same 48 frames the rest of the reel was. I just wonder if it they were getting into the dialogue, the characters and the story. That’s what happens in the movie. You settle into it.”
He’s got a point. Some things you have to really just see for yourself to know if you’ll like it or not. Sometimes it just takes getting used to, which is always a struggle for some people when it comes to change.
Change in technology is inevitable, vitally so. I don’t really care for 3-D, most especially converted 3-D, but people still watch movies in 3-D, so of course they’ll film it in 3D. People didn’t care for multiplexes when they first started popping up. They’re everywhere now. Sometimes change is good, sometimes it’s bad, sometimes it just is.
Will you be able to “settle in” to the 48 fps, or are you a stickler for the old adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”?
To read the full EW.com article, go here.
In the Production Video below (posted back in November 2011), Peter talks about 3-D, Red Camera equipment, and Frame Rates: