Director Peter Jackson helped push the envelope of frame rate technology by presenting The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in the high frame rate (HFR) of 48 frames per second, double the industry standard of 24 FPS. Now it seems filmmaker James Cameron may go even further with his upcoming Avatar sequels, Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 by filming at 120 frames per second.
Douglas Trumbull, who developed a 4K 3D system that is shot at 120 FPS dubbed MAGI, revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he has spoken with James Cameron's producing partner Jon Landau about using this technology on the Avatar follow-ups. Here's what Douglas Trumbull had to say about setting up a screening of his short film UTOFOG, which showcases the MAGI technology.
"I know that Cameron admired Showscan [Trumbull's earlier invention of a large-format high-frame rate projection system] and that he is a huge advocate of high frame rates [HFRs]. The use of HFRs for Avatar would be very appropriate and very successful. I don't know if Cameron is interested [in using MAGI for the Avatar sequels]. He's in seclusion writing the screenplay for Avatar . I am talking to Jon Landau, and we plan to have a screening [of UFOTOG] soon."
During his keynote address at the IBC Convention in Amsterdam earlier today, Douglas Trumbull revealed that other filmmakers have expressed interest in his MAGI system.
"(There are other directors) who are very interested in this, and this will be driven by the directors. If directors like Cameron, J.J. Abrams, Peter Jackson want this, then I think we'll start getting some traction."
The MAGI system shoots at 60 FPS in 4K 3D with alternate shutter speeds, which means the picture is delivered in sync with the alternating left-eye/right-eye cadence. Here's what Douglas Trumbull had to say about MAGI itself.
"It delivers extreme fluidity of motion and amazing clarity with no strobing, no double flickering and a viewing experience that far exceeds conventional movie quality."
"Michael Bay is going to make an even worse Transformers movie because there won't be any motion blur."
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