I see Peter Jackson is shooting The Hobit down here in NZ at 48fps rather than the usual 24. He is also using RED cameras. The production has bought dozens of them.
He's shooting at 48fps because he's shooting in the latest fad: "3D." I haven't been able to confirm if that means that only the "3D" version of the movie is 48fps, or whether also the 2D version is.
I'm mostly concerned that it'll have the same too-smooth hyperreal video look that utterly, completely and irrecovably ruined the cinematography of both Public Enemies
and Miami Vice
. I felt so disgusted about the look of the latter I considered demanding my money back - and Michael Mann is in my top 5 directors of all time. Curiously, it worked wonderfully in Collateral
which is one of my favorite movies of the previous decade.
In the end I guess 48fps is where we're headed, and in 5-10 years 24fps will start looking outdated - and in 20 it'll be retro cool again. I hope Mr Jackson has the decency to make a good movie, instead of resorting to pure visual bravado, lacking substance and with the misanthropic story like Avatar