James Cameron Wants to Blow Your Mind With 60 Frames Per Second
I’d like to see 60 FPS in my camera at 1080, but a Canon 7D will only shoot 60 fps in 720.
Shooting in 3-D might get you an occasional holy-crap moment, but if you really want to blow an audience’s mind, increase your frame rate. Movies shot and projected faster than the standard 24 frames per second—at, say, 48 or 60 fps—have startling clarity and emotional impact. Even better, the strobing you sometimes get with 3-D (filmmakers call it the judders) vanishes at 48 fps and up.The irony is that filmmakers have known about the technique for decades. Visual-effects titan Douglas Trumbull wanted to use 60 fps for his 1983 film, Brainstorm, and invented a projection technology he called Showscan. “I got very hooked on this whole idea of immersive cinema,” Trumbull says. “We saw a profoundly different kind of experience happening at up around 60 frames.”