While we’re all busy trying to shed some pounds, save some money and/or quit smoking, you know what the folks in the film industry are up to? Making movies, of course. Per usual, 2012 was a year of Hollywood ups and downs, and the industry can learn from both, so by considering the past and looking forward to the future, here are some New Year’s resolutions the film industry should keep in the coming year.
No, Hollywood shouldn’t nix the idea of going 48 frames per second entirely, but filmmakers do need to find an appropriate way to use it before shooting a feature length film – let alone three. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey looks fantastic about 50% of the time, when Jackson’s camera is stagnant either to capture a beautiful landscape or particularly crisp character close-ups, but the moment that camera moves or an intense battle scene enters the frame, the footage takes on this terrible video-like quality. A sad story for The Hobbit trilogy, but 48 fps clearly does have a plus side, so before we run off for another 266-day shoot or bury the concept entirely, why not just figure out how to put it to the best possible use?
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