Doug Trumbull thinks 48fps is for babies, shoots at 120


Much earlier in the year, we brought you news that director Doug Trumbull would be joining the likes of James Cameron and Peter Jackson into the new era of shooting at 48 frames per second (or perhaps even 60). As it turns out, he’s done with that crowd altogether and is going straight for 120fps of glorious, super-speed 3D. Obviously, proving to the world that they need more than 4X their usual frame-rate and that 3D can truly be used for good is a tall order, and Trumbull may be using the magic of space to do it. According to an interview with Bleeding Cool:

It’s a big space adventure movie. And I’ve got to make the movie and show it in this process and convince people that there’s a very big audience that wants to see this kind of tremendous technological, creative, visual leap forward to much higher quality.

I like to imagine that this project will also be shot in Super Hi-Vision, which has a resolution of 7680 x 4320 (16X that of 1080p). Basically, it’s the digital equivalent of IMAX, but it adds 22.2 channel surround sound. I like to imagine that not because it’s something I’d like to see in theaters, but because of the costs that would be associated with taking and storing 240 33.2 megapixel images (plus 22.2 channels of audio) every single second.

I have no real interest in seeing this come to fruition. I think high fps counts should be left to PC games and movies should stay where they are. Higher frame-rates absolutely do make things look smoother and more lifelike, but I think it’s kind of a disturbing effect, and not one I want to see proliferate. 

[Via Bleeding Cool]