The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is out! I thoroughly enjoyed it. It has its issues, which are more severe for some than for others. For my full opinion about the film, check out CineGeek where I will discuss it on our weekly webcast.

This post’s purpose though is to discuss what has gotten filmmakers and filmgoers in such a tizzy – the high frame rate of the film’s video. High Frame Rate (HFR) versions of the film portray how it was originally filmed – at 48 frames per second instead of the traditional 24fps. This is the first major motion picture to be produced at the higher 48fps.

The reason for doubling the frame rate is that the higher frame rate leads to increased image clarity and depth. The perceived drawback is that the enhanced realism takes away the “cinematic look” of film, that the increased clarity removes a…

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