The first great experiment involving the wide release of a ‘high frame rate’ (HFR) feature, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” came and went without much of an impact.
At the last minute, quite a few cinemas cut back on the 48 frames-per-second (48FPS) versions of the film which meant the technology didn’t get as wide a test sample as the filmmakers hoped.
In the areas it did, the reaction seemed to vary wildly, though for the most part it was not kindly embraced.
Now, AICN reports that another film franchise will be trying the technique next year – Fox’s next “X-Men” sequel.
Specifically, Bryan Singer’s upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past” was apparently shot at 48FPS and will be released at the high-frame rate. Their source says:
“The filmmakers played coy because of the negative reaction to the technology when the Hobbit film was released, but love the results and will be standing behind a theatrical release in high frame rate.”
This will mark the third major feature release to employ the HFR technology after the first two ‘Hobbit’ films. Complaints about 48FPS ran the gamut from “looking too real” and “watching a stage show” to the appearance of the actors moving at hyper-speed or scenes better resembling a video game.
Like using long single takes in 3D, there are filmmaking techniques that can be employed to make viewing high frame rates more comfortable for audiences. Could Singer have solved some of the issues with the tech? We’ll see next Summer.
UPDATE: Fox has officially denied the report, telling Variety that the story is “completely false”.