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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 11.28.11] movie news scifi

Just caught some pretty interesting news over at Bleeding Cool (via: FS) about legendary FX cameraman and the director of Silent Running, Doug Trumbull. Seems like the guy isn't finished with the bleeding edge just yet and has been dabbling in shooting 3D in 120fps with an eye to making a "big space movie."

As you probably know, film are shot and projected at 24fps and since 3D has become such a massive phenomenon filmmakers like James Cameron have been experimenting with shooting at 60fps to help with picture clarity. But until now I don't recall hearing anything about going as far as to shoot in 120fps. Here's what Trumbull had to say for his crazy self:

"I'm shooting films right now at 120fps in 3D and I know that the result is absolutely stunning but very few people on this planet have actually seen that, yet. I have a very challenging process ahead of me to start demonstrating this and doing at least one film that I want to make.

"I have several films lined up but I've got one in particular that would lend itself to this. It's a big space adventure movie. And I've got to make the movie and show it in this process and convince people that there's a very big audience that wants to see this kind of tremendous technological, creative, visual leap forward to much higher quality."

Trumbull says if he can do it, it would be a visual step forward to rival 2001: A Space Odyssey which he worked on with Kubrick. He explains: "Combining 120 frames and high brightness and gain screens that are very wide and large with a different seating configuration is a huge epic change that will take some time to effect. But I'm working on it."

So what's it about? And will it be another eco-adventure like Silent Running?

"Well, not so much an ecological bent as much as a survival bent. Having to do with reaching for the stars and why we would have to go to the stars. Are we using up this planet at such an exponential rate with population growth and the depletion of the resources that we're going to have to leave the Earth?"

Bring. It. On.

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Rook (11 years ago) Reply

Sounds very exciting! Lord, how the world could use a 2001-inspired sci-fi film instead of all the Star Wars/Star Trek/Avatar/Transformers dreck we've been forced to suffer through the last few...decades.

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