Avatar's future frame rate
The controversy over The Hobbit's high frame hasn’t died down, but we’ll know soon enough if real paying audiences will accept it or not.
Meanwhile, Warner Brothers is trying to downplay reports that some audience members have gotten ill from the high frame rates, but at the same time, several other filmmakers, namely Bryan Singer and James Cameron, are planning to shoot their next films in higher frame rates as well.
Cameron is especially gung-ho about doing the next installments of Avatar in a higher frame rate, apparently at 60 frames a second, but now there’s a report telling us he may do 48 frames a second. As GiantFreakin’Robot reports, even with higher frame rates, less could be more because if you go too fast, you lose the effectiveness of the technology.
"Jim’s still thinking 60 [frames per second]," Letteri said, "because it’s a persistence of vision artifacts and to quote Doug Trumbull and the studies he’s done, he says it tends to go away at around 64." (One of the biggest cheerleaders for higher frame rates is Douglas Trumbull, who did the incredible FX work on 2001 and Silent Running).
As Letteri told ComingSoon, another problem is that audiences may not be totally ready to say goodbye to the look and feel of celluloid.
"Anyone who I talked to who is younger who is used to seeing film in any number of different ways says it’s like really not even noticeable, not really a big deal. I’m one of the people that’s still nostalgic for film…it’s still a really great look, but on the other hand, going digital gives you some real advantages that have been able to surpass film," he added.