THE HOBBIT at 48fps? It’s true.

Peter Jackson: “It looks much more lifelike, and it is much easier to watch, especially in 3-D. We’ve been watching HOBBIT tests and dailies at 48 fps now for several months, and we often sit through two hours worth of footage without getting any eye strain from the 3-D. It looks great, and we’ve actually become used to it now, to the point that other film experiences look a little primitive. I saw a new movie in the cinema on Sunday and I kept getting distracted by the juddery panning and blurring. We’re getting spoilt!”

I’ve been looking forward to The Hobbit and I hope Mr. Jackson can recapture all the magic of The Lord of the Rings, but I see something very troubling in his post. Can you spot it? Yep, it says 3D. Sigh. When will the ugly trend stop?

By Rob Fahrni

Husband / Father / Developer

2 replies on “THE HOBBIT at 48fps? It’s true.”

I had same reaction when I saw 3D. I really don’t have a problem with the format – I have a problem when directors, animators, editors, etc change the flow of the story to weave 3D in on purpose. The most recent example that came to mind is Despicable Me – when the characters happen to “wander” onto a roller coaster in the middle of the story. (Yes, most of the movies I see these days are with my kids). I just hope the 3D complements, rather than distracts, from the Hobbit’s portrayal on the big screen.


My problem with 3D is it plays tricks on your brain and leaves my wife with a splitting headache, or sick to her stomach. So we don’t go to them. I love film, love, love, love the WHOLE experience of going to the movies; the theatre, the popcorn, the snacks, the crowd, oh, and the movie of course.

This trend is horrible and I hope Hollywood continues to make “regular” movies without 3D so we can continue to enjoy them.

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