We mentioned this debate before. Apparently, 48 FPS filming is not to everyones taste. Well, now Oscar winning Director, James Cameron, of Avatar fame, 2009′s big hit offering, has nailed his colours firmly to the mast. Speaking at the premiere of the first instalment of “The Hobbit” in Wellington last Wednesday, coming out firmly in support of the new format, he predicted that Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” would do for high-definition film-making what his own hit “Avatar” did for 3D movies.
Clearly, Cameron has a wary eye on his own future film-making plans, since he went on to say, Jackson’s latest movie was destined to be a hit, making it easier for him (Cameron) to employ 48 frames a second which eliminated the “strobing” seen in standard films.
“If there is acceptance of 48, then that will pave the way for Avatar (sequels) to take advantage of it,” Cameron told reporters. “We charged out ahead on 3D with Avatar, now Peter’s doing it with the Hobbit. It takes that kind of bold move to make change.”
Speaking to AFP news, Cameron likened the introduction of 48 FPS as akin to the days when people yearned nostalgically for vinyl after CDs were introduced. Interestingly, Peter Jackson almost filmed The Hobbit in Britain due to a dispute over union involvement, but that’s another story entirely. Cameron, who owns a farm in New Zealand, said he was on the property working on scripts for sequels to “Avatar”, complaining:
“Unfortunately it’s too damn distracting because it’s so beautiful”.
Now, the Highlands of Scotland in 48 FPS, doubling as Nan Curunir, or maybe Berkshire as The Shire? Let me think about that…