Originally Posted by Lee Stewart
AFAIK, they were Christie dual 2K (or 4k running in 2K mode) projectors showing 48 fps 3D. They can't do 4K 48 fps 3D yet.
No problem running 4K projectors in 48fps. Dual projectors, both with an integrated IMB which are synced, running 4K 48fps becomes 3D.
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Originally Posted by gremmy
I mean, what the heck is the point of trying to impress people with 48fps who don't already intuitively understand the benefit of all the other missing elements? They're sitting there trying to evaluate something without having the slightest inkling of how to judge the impact that one thing is having on what they are seeing. Clearly the only way to get that type of audience to open their wallets is to show them something that is CLEARLY worth the investment, and that means controlling every variable that can be controlled, and that means showing them something that is not only FINISHED, but which is specifically framed to highlight the new technology.
Jackson needed them to say WOW. He didn't need them to say, "Uh, that kinda looked like crap."
So yeah, I agree with you. Someone made a huge mistake.
The people Tweeting and writing critical about this was not Cinema industry people, but journalists and bloggers. The mistake was that they where there.
It is possible that Warner underestimated the knowledge of the media types the admitted, or underestimated the "passion" of the 48fps debate.
The exhibition of The Hobbit HFR material have been done several other places in the world without these reactions.
I followed some projectionists on a Projectionist forum, and non of them mistook the unfinished material, or had any type of critical reaction that the (very few) media types had.
There are a lot of nonsense, passion and noise in the "24fps versus 48fps" debate. All reports from Cinemacon was positive to the outdoor scenes but was critical to the more unfinished finished Studio scenes. And if someone "needs a nail to hang their argument on", what would be more "obvious" than to hang it on the "48fps nail".
When the first movie is released I predict we will see a lot of similar critics of 48fps, and much of it from people that have no idea that they have just seen the film in 24fps. 3D.
So when we see posters here in December criticising The Hobbit for being shot in 48fps, I hope people here are persistent on asking the critical people to show some proof they actually was at a 48fps show.
It has been typical till now when people describe their 3D cinema experience that they have seen movie under very different conditions. It will nor become less with The Hobbit.
Peter Jackson is a great director and very much a technical cinematic nerd. He said recently he wanted to shoot LOTR in 70mm because of the increased image quality, but had to drop the idea because there where no lab in New Zealand that could develope the 70mm, so they would have to send the film back and forth between NZ and LA, which would have slowed things down too much.
This time he has the resolution in digital. What he want to do is to make the screen to "become a window into Middle Earth"
. This will look very very different from what people are used to in movies.
This is a very daring approach to such material. At the same time, it is a "high profile enough" movie that can move image development in the movie world forward.
I predict that the 24fps 2K 2D version will look very different than all the 3D versions. Not because of framerate, but because of the finished look the different versions will have (contrast, color intensity etc.).Edited by coolscan - 8/23/12 at 2:18am