The Hobbit: an uncharted journey in to high frame-rate film making

The first part of Peter Jackson’s new Tolkien trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is also the first attempt to double an 80 year-old film industry standard, the rate at which images pass before your eyes.


Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson is shooting his latest Tolkien trilogy at 48 frames-per-second (fps). The current film-making standard is 24fps for both 3D and 2D. So, if you see The Hobbit as its makers intend, your eye will capture twice as much information. The idea is that, coupled with enhancements to digital cinematography, this will provide an experience that is smoother and more ‘real’.

Read the full story about the dawn of High Frame Rate digital cinema in Paul Dempsey’s exclusive E&T feature about the making of The Hobbit and the future of film.

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