Veteran film technologist Douglas Trumbull spoke at IBC about his developing MAGI system, which would show films at 120 fps, in 4K and in 3D.
“It delivers extreme fluidity of motion and amazing clarity with no strobing, no double flickering and a viewing experience that far exceeds conventional movie quality,” he explained, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
Although high frame rate itself has had a lukewarm reception ever since Peter Jackson first introduced it in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Trumbull explained how his system would help alleviate some of the concerns that the film looked too real. “The Hobbit fell victim to the ‘uncanny valley.’ But when you dramatically increase the frame rate to 120 fps you jump over the valley to a whole new territory,” he said.
Meanwhile, The Holllywood Reporter also reports from Trumbull Studios, where they screened “UFOTOG,” the short film that Trumbull is using to demonstrate his system, calling it “stunning not because of its story — we’ve all seen movies about UFOs — but because it shows, as it was designed to do, what movies can look like if theaters, studios and filmmakers embrace the MAGI process through which Trumbull brought it to the screen: bigger, brighter, clearer and with greater depth-of-field than anything ever seen in a cinema before.”
Read the full story here and watch an interview with Trumbull below.