Higher Frame Rates Are The Future!

I have just come out of seeing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 48FPS. Firstly I saw the movie in 24 just incase I didn’t like the higher frame rate but it turns out, I absolutely loved it. I can’t quite fathom exactly how and why the higher frame rate causes people to feel nauseated. I know everyone is different but I can confidently say that one day this will be the norm and every film will be released in 48FPS instead of the stale and dated 24FPS.

For those who don’t know, let me explain exactly what it is meant by 48FPS. A film is made up of images, hence the name moving picture, usually 24 different images are shown within one second, therefor creating the illusion that it’s moving. However, when it comes to 48FPS we are shown double the amount of images in a second, this is said to increase the reality and clarity of the films that we are watching. A lot of modern TVs have an option which you can select called Motion Plus, this makes everything on your TV look as though you are watching it in 48FPS. Below you can see two different GIFs, the top one is the typical 24FPS and the one below is the newly introduced 48FPS (wait for the GIFs to fully load before judging).

24FPS

24FPS

48FPS

48FPS

They aren’t the best representation of what double the amount of frame rate is like but they give you a rough idea. Many people say that the second looks like a “soap opera,” I personally don’t see that, I think that it adds a lot more realism. When it comes to The Hobbit people thought that the 48FPS took you out of the experience and even made some people nauseas. I personally thought it added a huge amount to the experience, it made the film look a lot realistic and gave the film such a real life feel, and I loved it.

A higher frame rate is meant to make the video appear smoother, this is because you are seeing more images per second. Where the higher frame rate really shines is when the camera is panning, in The Hobbit when the camera pans along the snowy mountains you cannot say that you don’t prefer it to the 24FPS, the higher frame rate just looks perfect. Many people think that the higher frame rate should only be used on documentaries because it makes landscapes look exceptionally beautiful, the majority feel that the higher frame rate doesn’t look right when people are involved, they feel as though it looks “sped up” I personally don’t feel this way.

I don’t know if any of you remember the re-launch/introduction of 3D into the cinema, people really weren’t convinced and said that it was just a gimmick (I personally still think that studios slap it on some films just for a crash grab). When Avatar came along people were blown away by the impact 3D could have on the movie going experience, Avatar changed the movie industry forever and I think it will again. James Cameron will be filming the Avatar sequels in 60FPS and I think that when they are released it will make people realise that higher frame rates are definitely the way forward.

By nature humans don’t like change, and that is exactly what this is, we have had 24FPS since the birth of film, and many people feel that there isn’t a reason to change. I remember when everyone first got timeline on Facebook, everyone was complaining about how bad it is and how much they hated it, but now, no one cares because it has become the norm, the same thing will happen with higher frame rates. I’m glad that more and more directors are going to start directing their movies in higher frame rates, once they start pushing it then the more likely the general public are to lap it up like they did 3D.

When it comes down to it whether you like higher frame rates or not, it is all down to personal preference. It’s like 3D as a lot of people just don’t like to watch stuff in 3D and it will be similar with higher frame rates for the next few years until eventually they will become standard for all movies, along with ultra high definition and 3D. Once a few more films are out in higher frame rate more people will begin to like it, then there will become a point where people will only watch movies in a higher frame rate as the quality of 24FPS just doesn’t compare, and I hope that day is soon.

Have you seen The Hobbit yet? If so, what was your opinion of the higher frame rate? Do you think it will catch on? I would love to hear your thoughts below. Thanks for reading.

 

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Why I Hate 3D!

These days everything seems to be released in 3D and I just don’t understand why. As you can tell from the title of this post I am in the camp of people who are against having the third dimension taking over cinema. Let me start off by saying I am someone who can perfectly watch 3D so that isn’t a reason why I personally hate it.

This isn’t the first time that 3D in movies has taken off, the first time 3D became a success was in 1952, yes it was that long ago, this craze for 3D began to wither away by September 1953 due to many reasons, mainly due to the complex task of having to project two images at once. As soon as December 1953 3D was back in our cinemas with all new projectors making it easier for the film to be projected, in this wave of 3D even the great Alfred Hitchcock released a 3D picture but that didn’t stop 3D from wilting out by early 1955. But 3D wasn’t done there a handful of films were released in 3D between 1960 and 2003, where 3D made its long awaited comeback. We now have extremely advanced technology making the production and viewing of 3D easier than ever so why not bring it back.

In the past I have enjoyed the occasional 3D but it has now got to the stage where everything is being thrown out with many of them being post converted making them look even worse than if they were shot with three dimensional cameras. Avatar was actually the first feature length movie I ever saw in the third dimension and I absolutely loved it, the 3D was extremely subtle and was just there to deeply engross you into the film and you know what it really worked. I thought to myself after seeing it, that if all 3D movies are going to be like this then I can really see it taking off, but I knew that wouldn’t happen though, I knew Hollywood would do their best to shove 3D down our throats until we got sick of.

The biggest downside to 3D has to be the expense, the cost of my cinema ticket goes up by a whopping £1.95 just for some glasses that make everyone look stupid and fall off the bridge of my nose. The other day I went to the cinema to see The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists and there wasn’t an option to see it in 2D so I had to pay extra to go and see it in a dimension that I didn’t want to. I thought to myself what the hell it might be great 3D, it wasn’t, it added absolutely nothing to the movie so I left the movie pissed off having spent £1.95 on something I didn’t want to. I don’t have a huge problem with 3D in the cinema because it can actually benefit some films, admittedly very few.

In 1896 they didn’t even dream about 3D, when audiences were shown the first ever motion picture – The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station – they all moved back, with some screaming and fainting because they believed the train was actually coming towards them. Nowadays we get every 3D film trying to mimic that by throwing things out us, but you know what? Surprisingly (sarcasm) the novelty has worn off and we don’t want arrows firing through the screen at us every five seconds.

The one thing that I am pissed off about is the amount of 3D rereleases that are coming out, I can actually see the movie industry coming to an end very soon as they clearly have no original ideas and are just rereleasing, rebooting and remaking every movie they can. I really don’t see the point of films being rereleased in 3D, I have never thought to myself damn I wish Star Wars was in 3D. No-one has thought that because no-one wants it, they are phenomenal films (the originals) in 2D so we don’t need a third dimension. I never really thought we needed 3D, IMAX is the most engrossing experience I have ever witnessed and has trumped every 3D movie I have seen so I reckon we should all just root for IMAX instead of 3D.

3D in the cinema is nowhere near as bad as the attempts at 3D in the home. I don’t own a 3D TV at home, I have refused to spend over a grand just so I can watch the occasional movie in 3D. All the reasonably priced 3D TVs I have tried out all experience something called ghosting which is where you begin to see double in some scenes, now to me this is a fault and is proof that the technology isn’t perfect yet they still sell these TVs. I don’t want to spend however much on a TV that has a major fault every time I watch a film in third dimension. I know that all modern TVs that are being bought out now come with 3D equipped as standard and I know the next TV I buy will have it but that doesn’t mean I will use it.

I have decided that when Christopher Nolan finally makes his first 3D movie I will join the bandwagon and accept that 3D is the future but until that happens I hate it. What are your thoughts on the third dimensions? Do you think its really going to take off this time? Or can you see it withering away like another fad? Please tell me your thoughts in the comments below, I am really interested to hear what other people think. Thank you very much for reading, if you enjoyed this most please feel free to hit that like and follow button.

Who Really Are The Best Directors Ever? (Part 1)

This is a list of MY top fifteen directors, obviously everyone has different opinions but these are my personal favourites. So lets get started.

15. Brad Bird – Now I know what you are thinking, yes Brad Bird hasn’t directed a lot of films – only four feature lengths – but two of those four are among my favourite movies of all time. Before last year the only films Brad Bird had directed were all animated movies and the best of animated movies, Pixar movies. Brad Bird’s directorial debut was the amazing cartoon The Iron Giant that is a movie that I seriously loved when I was a child. It is an intelligent and playful which is completely charming. This film was the first time I got a glimpse of Brad Bird as a director and I loved every second of it. He then went on to direct one of the best and most exhilarating Pixar movies, The Incredibles. This is one of my favourite Pixar movies because this was the first Pixar film that really drifted away from the typical Pixar formula and Brad Bird made that happen. Next he directed another one of my favourite Pixar movies, Ratatouille. Bar Toy Story Ratatouille is my favourite Pixar film; it is just a complete joy. As always with Pixar the animation is phenomenal along with amazing voice acting and astonishing script writing, it is just an overall masterpiece. Finally Brad Bird directed what I would say his greatest masterpiece, not because it’s his best but because it shows that he really can direct. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is my personal favourite of the whole franchise and Brad Bird made it that. This was Bird’s first live action feature length movie and what an amazing job he did. We may need a few more films to just see how great Bird really is but we can expect great things from him.

14. James Cameron – This guy has directed a few more films than Brad Bird with two of his films being the highest grossing movies of all time. James Cameron has directed some truly brilliant films, one of which being The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, both of these films really are masterpieces but it is obvious that The Terminator is the better of the two. The Terminator is the greatest sci-fi violent action movie of all time; it is a true monster of a movie with a monster of a character. Both Terminators are among the greatest sci-fi films of all time, these films really made the genre popular to people who weren’t nerds. Cameron also directed the sequel to Ridley Scott’s Alien, Aliens, which is also one of the greatest sic-fi movies of all time. Aliens is a dark, gritty and simply terrifying piece of cinema. As you can see Cameron likes the science-fiction genre that didn’t stop with Aliens he also directed the highest grossing movie of all time, Avatar. I loved Avatar, it may not be one of my all time favourites but it was truly awesome. James Cameron made me believe that 3D can be used to benefit the engagement of a film and I thought that would never happen. Another great momentum from Cameron was of course the second highest grossing movie of all time, Titanic. It has been said that Titanic is the greatest love story of all time, but I disagree. I wasn’t personally a massive fan but I have to admit it was a brilliant piece of cinema that has been beautifully shot with great shots throughout that only James Cameron himself could have done.

13. Francis Ford Coppola – The director of the so-called “greatest movie of all time” The Godfather is at my number thirteen spot. Coppola has made some breathtaking films in his career, my personal favourite of Coppola’s has to be Apocalypse Now, it is one of the greatest war movies ever made. It is a disturbing vision of the effects and shocks that continue to haunt people about the Vietnam war. I actually prefer Apocalypse Now to The Godfather, it was when people actually began to speak the word of Coppola as being one of the greatest film makers of all time. Coppola showed us all with The Godfather series how a gangster film should really be done, he then changed gangster films forever with most gangster films after The Godfather mimicking the beauty and style of Coppola’s films. The films Coppola directed have collectively won 22 Oscars that is an awful lot, of those twenty-two Coppola has won five for himself. I love Coppola’s films I feel as they are all so complete and are all utter masterpieces.

12. Peter Jackson – It seems that Peter Jackson was born to make The Lord Of The Rings he did such a perfect job and was better than anything I could have ever imagined.  The Lord Of The Rings is the best trilogy ever created; all three movies are some of the finest examples of perfection I have ever seen. Lord Of The Rings are what most people know Peter Jackson for and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, to be honest he hasn’t really done much else apart from King Kong. He directed The Lovely Bones which didn’t get very good reviews and I really didn’t like it. The reason that Peter Jackson isn’t higher on my list is because I feel like he can only make Lord Of The Rings related films but it’s because those films are so amazing that he is on this list. The only film that isn’t Lord Of The Rings that I love that Peter Jackson did was King Kong; I thought it was brilliant if a little slow. It was a great testament to the original King Kong, it felt like the perfect remake that no-one asked for but still loved. I think I need to see more evidence of what else Peter Jackson can do before I completely fall in love with him because I think he has great potential to be phenomenal.

11. J.J. Abrams – This is another director on my list who hasn’t done a plethora of films, J.J. Abrams is probably best known for his direction/production of the Lost series. It’s a shame he is because he has done so much more since that series. My personal favourite movie of Abrams’ so far has to be his new take on Star Trek; I thought it was absolutely astonishing. I’m not usually a large Star Trek fan but when I saw Abrams take on the franchise I fell in love with it, he really sparked a whole new lease of life into that franchise. Super 8 is another brilliant film that has been directed by Abrams and yet again I loved another one of his masterpieces. After watching Super 8 it confirmed what I was thinking of Abrams, he really is just like a young Steven Spielberg, you can really tell that when watching Super 8 and its resemblance to E.T. Mission Impossible 3 is the first film that Abrams directed and it was my favourite in the series until Brad Bird’s fourth installment came along. I feel that Mission Impossible 3 is different from Abrams’ over films; it’s a lot more explosions and action centered whereas the other two are more beautifully shot. I just know that Abrams will grow up making more and more amazing pieces of cinema that I will cherish forever. Abrams says he grew up admiring Spielberg and that really comes through in his films and I reckon in twenty years we will be watching Abrams films thinking that this is the second Spielberg. 

The second part of my list of best directors will be out on Thursday of next week. What do you think of my list so far? Who are your favourite directors? Feel free to tell me all your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks again for reading, and if you enjoyed this post please feel free to hit that follow and like button to show me some love. Don’t forget to check back on 1st March for part 2.