Peter Jackson Shoots Down Hobbit Critics
As we reported a few days ago, 10 minutes of never seen Hobbit footage was previewed at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, which resulted in mixed reviews from the participants. Many indeed thought the preview was just as expected and beautiful, while there were many who were skeptical of the “new” 48 fps look that Jackson has adopted for the upcoming movies.
Well, Peter Jackson is standing by his decision. In an interview, here is what Jackson had to say:
“A lot of the critical response I was reading was people saying it’s different,” Jackson said. “Well, yes, it certainly is. But I think, ultimately, it is different in a positive way – especially for 3D – for epic films and films that are trying to immerse the viewer in the experience of a story.”
Jackson’s response resembled our own we added when first reporting the reaction. Indeed, with any new technology, it can take some getting used to. The blur of 24 fps that comes with cinema has set a visual standard of what a feature movie should look like. Unfortunately, that motion blur is actually a negative distortion to original footage, however we have accepted it as a part of the experience. It is similar to vignette’s with photography, as many are now added in post editing for added effect.
Whatever the case may be, try to fight off the urge to be critical of the new look until we allow our eyes to settle. In the long run, we will see some incredible cinematic displays that were, prior to the change, unable to produce. Images will be crisper and movement will look more real like.
What do you think? Can you change, or would you rather have it be shown in 24fps?