The Hobbit is looking so detailed it looks fake

When Peter Jackson first premiered footage of Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring that featured the fellowship fighting a cave troll, many viewers were ecstatic. Many praised the sneak peek and thanked Peter Jackson for bringing the world of Tolkien’s book to life.

Fast forward over a decade later. Peter Jackson premiered 10 minutes of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to the CinemaCon audience yesterday in Las Vegas with mixed reactions. Aww, that makes me a sad panda.

So why the negative feedback? Because Peter Jackson is shooting the film in 48 frames per second. Tradition film shoots in 24 frames per second, giving us that film look and movement. Now with it being shot in 48 FPS, the movie gets more detailed and the movement feels like you’re watching movies with motion interpolation at a Best Buy store.

“It looked like a made-for-TV movie,” said one projectionist, who requested anonymity because of his affiliation with a competing studio. “It was too accurate — too clear. The contrast ratio isn’t there yet — everything looked either too bright or black.”

Here’s Bad Ass Digest’s comment:

“…it has that soap opera look you get from badly calibrated TVs at Best Buy. The footage I saw looked terrible … completely non-cinematic. The sets looked like sets … sets don’t even look like sets when you’re on them live, but these looked like sets. The magical illusion of cinema is stripped away completely.”

So apparently the film is looking too real. It’s so real that we’re disgusted by the details on an actors face and the set. I can kind of understand why they would say this. If something is too detailed, we’ll be able to notice that it’s a set, or if an actor is wearing makeup. My solution? Watch The Hobbit on your smartphone.

I originally thought that using 48 frames per second would help with the problem of 3D movies looking dimmer because a person had to wear 3D glasses. But now we’re faced with another problem. Let’s hope that Peter Jackson and the crew realize this and figure out a way to combat this.

Source: LA Times

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  • Reboot

    sometimes, less is more….

    • Lambo

       NOT when it comes to technology… Time to reboot

  • shogun768

    I had the exact same comment every time someone came over and watched my new TV…at the time 120hz was “new” and no one was used to the way it looked to the eye. Now it’s standard. 

  • Joseph Lund

    Actually wrong. Its because everyone is use to seeing 24fps there whole life. I got a new TV which made everything look real smooth and lifelike? But after awhile it sets in and you no longer realise the smooth motion. You need to get use to it first. Should only take a few days of watching TV constantly.

  • Cal

    I’m looking forward to seeing the 48 fps, actually. Just because it isn’t USUAL doesn’t make it BAD. I understand the concerns of things looking like they were filmed on a set, but I’m sure he’s aware of the possibility and is working around it.

    So there are two outcomes: a) Everyone loves the affects and movie, it does REALLY well, and all other studios copy it which basically changes filming for the next couple of years… or b) People still don’t like the effect, and it has a negative effect on the movie because of it.

    I’m rooting for option A.

  • Asashii

    yeah looks like a camera shooting a soap opera, and my eyes never get use to watching soap opera looking shite, so that one comment about watching it for days doesnt work, it still looks all plastic and fake!

  • nanana

    It really has nothing to do with the high framerate. I saw the movie in 24 fps and I thought it looks fake

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