If you have been following the buzz about the Hobbit movies at all, you know that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is the first major motion picture to be filmed in 48 frames per second. The industry standard is 24 frames per second. But will you get to see the new technology when you go to your local theater this December? Maybe not.
The Hollywood Reporter, in an article from last week, quotes Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution for Warner Brothers, as saying the 48 fps version will be available in “all major markets in North America,” but in limited theaters. “In terms of going into thousands of theaters, we will not.”
Fellman indicated a similar strategy will be followed for IMAX theaters and international markets. It is estimated that worldwide 5,000 to 10,000 screens will be ready for the new technology by the end of this year.
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