The Hobbit HFR Review – my verdict on 48 frames per second

Peter Jackson - The Hobbit - Camera department

Above: Peter Jackson in the camera department of “The Hobbit”

Peter Jackson chose to take a controversial step away from the cinema look and shoot The Hobbit at 48p HFR. I’ve now seen it in glorious 48 frames per second and that isn’t the biggest problem. Jackson is shooting The Hobbit like an epic but the material this time is not of epic proportions, and the action sequences are typical popcorn schlock. The Lord Of The Rings was an allegory tale with the horrors of Word War II echoing throughout, an epic work of art. Perfect material for an epic film (and LOTR was a huge leap in CGI technology at the time the film was shot). The Hobbit is simply 6 chapters of a thin children’s book stretched to 3 hours.

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4K, 48p HFR and the challenge for set designers and makeup artists

The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey into 48p

“Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second.” – Jean Luc Godard

“Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.” – Jean Luc Godard

Cinema used to be an illusion, but now the camera is putting extra pressure on filmmakers to keep up the illusion. Drawing on a conversation I had a few months ago with a VFX supervisor, EOSHD presents the challenges and problems that 4K and 48p (HFR) bring to the film set.

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48p The Hobbit – British and American critics verdict

Cate Blanchett - The Hobbit

Above: Cate Blanchett receives some all-too-real makeup on the set of The Hobbit

Peter Jackson shot The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at 48 frames per second (HFR) in 3D. So what is the verdict on HFR technology… More immersive? Helps the story? More beautiful?

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Peter Jackson answers The Hobbit criticism / Zeiss anamorphic for September / Nikon D3200 with D800 image processor for $699

Peter Jackson on set of The Hobbit

Peter Jackson is unfazed by criticism The Hobbit looks un-cinematic by saying the clips shown at Cinemacon were unfinished and their duration not long enough for the audience to acclimatise.

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Advance press screenings of 48fps The Hobbit ‘disappoint’

Peter Jackson dir. The Hobbit with RED EPIC

The future is here but it seems nobody checked to see if it looked any good.

Shot with a 3D Red EPIC rig at 48fps, Peter Jackson’s return to the world of JRR Tolkien has been ‘stripped of the magic of cinema’ according to many who saw the advance press screenings by Warner Brothers.

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Is 48p evil?

At the moment cinema purists around the world are getting out of their beds on the wrong side. Two prominent filmmakers are attempting to squash the gold standard of cinema and home displays are taking all sorts of unpleasant turns with high frame rates and 3D helping to shift sets in the way that high megapixels help the unwashed masses buy cameras.

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