Why HFR Could Drastically Change Everything We Know About Filmmaking

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In an insightful essay on The Verge, Jacob Kastrenakes wonders how high frame rate filmmaking could effect everything from future acting and lighting choices, to how we as humans actually perceive the world.

He writes, "If High Frame Rate filmmaking catches on, I suspect that we won't be seeing the same names and faces that we're used to. It's a tool that drastically changes the way that the medium works, and as those who have seen [The Hobbit: An Unexpected] Journey as Jackson intended can attest, it's not going to be an easy or obvious transition. It's difficult to imagine what precisely Jackson had hoped Journey's technique would achieve, but perhaps it's this: like Christopher Nolan's gritty Gotham City, Jackson hoped to build a world that was unquestionably real. We wouldn't simply watch a story set in The Shire, we'd have believed that we had visited it, perhaps even could give a stranger directions across town. This is of course a crude approximation, but I can believe that Jackson may have seen a world more physical and present than any that we've seen before. Even if High Frame Rate filmmaking is adopted and The Hobbit's look improves with age, one can't quite believe that Jackson achieved a superior look for the film through this format."

Read his full piece here.

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