The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug HFR 3D

So I know I already reviewed this one but I wanted to give it a second pass due to the HFR version in order to talk about the technology a bit…

I’ve been trying to turn people on to this new evolution in filmmaking (my brother being my latest convert). Once again, Peter Jackson has released another installment of The Hobbit in 48HFR 3D. What does the HFR stand for you ask? It’s short for high frame rate…

Most films are shot and released with a frame rate of 24fps (frames per second) which gives movies a slight, out of focus appearance known as the “film look”. Video like news shows or sports is often shown at 30fps, which gives video a cleaner appearance as the higher the frame rate equals the higher the clarity of the image. What Jackson has done is shot and released a version in 48fps. What he ends up with is what I believe will be the future of filmmaking…

While it may take some getting used to, the final product is amazing to watch. There’s a clarity and realism that the HFR version delivers that makes other films look, well, kind of old and outdated, even new films. One of the other things I find compelling about this way of shooting is that besides the clarity, there’s also depth and color richness that you typically would appreciate through standard films. Jackson has found the formula for combining the best attributes of high definition video and classic film through the digital production revolution that we’re currently just cracking into.

The filmmakers I tend to admire are the ones that are able to tell amazing stories and aren’t afraid to take chances and push the envelope technologically in ways that we haven’t seen yet. Examples include Stanley Kubrick, Ridley Scott, George Lucas and of course Peter Jackson.

Keep an open mind about the future and try to catch this film in a HFR theater, it’s worth seeing the film this way as there aren’t a lot filmmakers out there utilizing the technology the way Jackson is.

reviewed by Sean McKnight