God is in the details…

Hobbit 3 in 3D and on Fast forward ??

I watched the final installment in the Hobbit series yesterday and was quite excited to do so. I didn’t watch the first one as the thought of another 3 year Peter Jackson special didn’t appeal to me. I watched a bit when it came out on disc and got hooked to the extent that I made sure I watched the second edition on the big screen in all of it’s 3D glory and loved it. Then number 3 rolled out in 3D and HFR or high frame rate.

What a mess. PJ got the application of 3D perfect in this edition with all the scenes being well lit. Then took a dump on it by filming it at twice the frame rate of previous editions. I’m no expert on this subject, but do watch a lot of movies and understand the basics like aspect ratios, surround sound etc. The standard frame rate is 24 frames per second. Hobbit 3 was shot at twice this. I honestly felt like I was watching a movie on fast forward.

After a while I actually gave up on trying to enjoy the movie and just wanted it to end. Today as I type this I’m trawling through my memories of the first 2 movies and am comparing them to my memories of the one I watched yesterday. Oddly enough the ones from yesterday as a gray blur. For the record I have an almost photographic memory.

Below is a link to a post by a guy who understands the technology much better than I do. I’m so glad he wrote it, as I thought I was losing my marbles. I totally agree with what he has to say.

Article that confirms I’m not mad

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