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High Film Rate projection gives 'Hobbit' a hyper-realistic look

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is the first wide-release, major-studio film to be shot and projected at 48 frames per second.
BY DENNIS KING Published: December 14, 2012
/articleid/3737187/1/pictures/1906741">Photo - Martin Freeman in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." <strong>James Fisher</strong>
Martin Freeman in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." James Fisher

“So we decided to take the plunge,” he said, “even though on the first day we started shooting ‘The Hobbit' at 48 frames you could probably say that there wasn't a single server in the world that could project the movie in that format. And so it was a leap of faith.”

While Jackson acknowledged that some moviegoers have complained that the hyper-clarity of HFR makes them feel queasy, he said for older audiences it just might take some getting used to.

“I'm tending to see that anyone under the age of 20 or so doesn't really care and thinks it looks cool and doesn't really even understand it,” Jackson said. “They just say the 3-D looks really cool. I think that 3-D at 24 frames (per second) is interesting, but it's the 48 that actually allows 3-D to come to almost lifelike dimensions because it's less eye strain and you have a sharper picture which creates more of a three-dimensional world.”

— Dennis King


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