Director James Cameron is currently prepping to shoot the highly-anticipated sequels Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, which will be released in 2014 and 2015 respectively. The filmmaker recently revealed that he wants a much higher frame rate, shooting 60 frames per second for these sequels. Here's what he had to say below.
"I think it is such an affinitive answer. But other people may choose 48 for other reasons. The 3D shows you a window into reality; the higher frame rate takes the glass out of the window. The reason I went down that path is because I believe it makes for better 3D. There were lots of arguments for why 48 and why 60. My feeling is if it is a software upgrade (for digital cinema projectors), do both. It doesn't change anything at the projector; you don't have to change the lamp house or the lenses. If you are uploading software you can upload it for 48 and 60 and let the filmmakers decide. If the exhibitors will adopt the idea of a dual standard, than I'll probably want to shoot 60. If they don't, then I will have to look very carefully at the pros and cons of 60 and 48."
24 frames per second has long been the industry standard, although movies such as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, are shooting at 48 frames per second. We'll have to wait until 2014 to see if this higher frame rate pays off for Avatar 2.