Peter Jackson On ‘The Hobbit’s Higher Frame Rate: The Audience Will ‘Get Used To It’

Saturday, July 14 by
Between this and 'Game of Thrones', I think we can declare that this nation is suffering from a severe bout of "Little Person Fever." 

If you have to “get used to” something, then you probably don’t like it to begin with. And if I don’t like something immediately, I will never, ever, ever change my mind. Because I represent fickle American audiences that the studio’s lover and artists hate.

Unfortunately for Peter Jackson, director of the upcoming The Hobbit saga, the higher frame rate of the film’s 3D version might not be an instant hit with audiences. At a screening of a 12-minute, regular frame rate, non-3D clip, Jackson said about audiences’ reception of the innovation, “Like anything, you’ve got to get used to it.” Oh, and of course, because theater owners aren’t the most forward-thinking lot, audiences will be paying extra to see something they’ve gotta “get used to.”

He didn’t specify if the higher frame rate is something you get used to in ten minutes, or maybe after a hundred years of inundation, so who knows if audiences will view The Hobbit as a starter film, which will jump on the proverbial grenade of the learning curve associated with new technologies.

The new frame rate will represent a “hyper-realistic” approach, not unlike the way that higher refresh rates on LCD TVs make everything look like a British soap opera or porn. You know what I’m talking about.

The director showed up with Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Andy “Ping Pong Ball” Serkis, and Richard Armitage.