I came across a link to an article where someone talked about being disappointed in Sir Peter Jackson’s choice to only screen 2D, 24 fsp footage at Comic Con. While I understand the personal disappointment, (especially if said person was going to be there and was looking forward to the new format) I can’t help but think that this was a really brilliant move on PJ’s part.
We’ve already seen how people reacted to a small sampling of the footage in 3D and more frames per second. Since movies have been shown the same way for decades, it is going to take more than a few minutes for our minds to adjust to a new way of viewing movies. I expect to find it awkward for the first few minutes of viewing the movie come December, but then grow accustomed to the new format.
What does Peter Jackson want to highlight:
I decided to screen the Hobbit reel at Comic-Con in 2-D and 24 frames per second, so the focus stays firmly with the content and not the technical stuff. If people want 3-D and 48fps, that choice will be there for them in December.
Seems reasonable to me. If a new format is going to be distracting in the short term, people won’t be focused on the content. So, for preview purposes, give them a format that they won’t have to adjust too. Rather than focusing on the hyper-real quality of the footage, they can focus on the scenery, script, acting and so on. Plus, as PJ pointed out, when it comes time to see the movies in the theater people will have a choice. But at Comic Con, they get what their given. So going with the familiar format seems appropriate.
I don’t mind mentioning that usually someone videos these things and posts them to the internet for the rest of us to view. The 2D format will be beneficial for that purpose too, as those of us watching from our computers wouldn’t have the means to watch in 3D.
And because I can’t resist:
Update: If you haven’t seen PJ’s facebook post yet, check it out here.
Someone’s feeling like a mind reader at the moment! J/K 😉