You could be forgiven for thinking that Peter Jackson and colleagues at New Line Cinema are on a charm offensive following recent criticism of the 48 Frames Per Second format. In the past few days Peter Jackson has defended the new frame rate in an interview reported by the BBC and now Richard Armitage has added his weight to the arguments.
Here’s a transcript of the interview:
George Stroumboulopoulos: For people who will be able to watch ‘The Hobbit’ in about a thousand theatres, they’re gonna see a version of it which is so new. Have you seen it, the version? What do you think of it?
Richard Armitage: Yeah, it, it – I have to say, it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before. And for a second, it takes you a while to get used to it, because it’s like tasting a new flavour that you just can’t work out what it is you’re seeing. When we were…
GS: Film is 24 frames per second, this is 48.
RA: Yeah, and Peter explains very succinctly why film is 24 frames a second. It’s because when sound was introduced, the minimum speed they could use was 24 frames per second, and since then they’ve always used that format. But the detail with which everything was made was kind of surprising. The dwarves wear armour, and each piece of chain mail had engraving on it, and it’s this big, and each piece was engraved, and I was questioning, “why on Earth would you bother to put that kind of detail into the costumes, because film won’t see that.” But of course at 48 frames, you see absolutely everything. Every book that is in Bag End, every glass, every piece of cutlery, and all of it has been crafted.