The following might be of interest to those of you who really cannot wait to see the new wave of 48 frames per second films. It essentially will not be available to you, the mass market consumer, until 2013 and only if trial runs prove successful. A story from Variety came out earlier this week saying that Warner Bros. has cold feet about offering the movie up to theater goers with every 3D screening, and the studio will instead now opt to do limited rollouts of the technology.
For those of you not up on what this all means, essentially 48 fps is considered the new wave of film making (the next step up for 3D pretty much) which is double the standard frame rate that has been used since the dawn of the industry. The primary benefit is that it makes everything appear much more real–a problem when trying to create a fantasy film with a ton of sets. In essence, it showed in early footage of The Hobbit that these locations were half-manufactured and that takes audiences out of the experience. To sum things up in a way that most everyone would understand, it looks a lot like you are watching a Saturday Night Live sketch with a hastily thrown together backdrop.
Who is to blame for this? Well, nobody did it before on this scale, so it is really easy to understand that these consequence would have gone unforeseen. If you want to point the finger at someone for causing the ruckus, it would definitely be James Cameron who plans on using 48 fps for his Avatar sequels. You can understand why he would do such a thing though as the bulk of the movies will be done with green screens. How can a set look unrealistic when it does not even exist?
Look for more on this in the middle of December when The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey lands in some theaters in all its 48 fps glory.