Scott Wilkinson went to see the world premiere of the Johnny Depp film "Transcendence," which was shown in Dolby Atmos, which is able to steer the sound in ways that aren't channel based and go way beyond 5.1 or even 7.1. It was shot in film and then converted to digital, which is becoming more and more rare. But it has some wonderful grain and dynamic range. Leo wonders when it became noteworthy that film is being used over digital? How did that happen? Scott says it's a philosophical choice.
Scott Wilkinson got to see "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" this week and while he can't really talk about the movie until it comes out, he does say that the 48 frames per second 3D presentation is far improved over the first Hobbit movie. Scott says that the first chapter, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” was uneven and inconsistent in it's 3D 48 fps presentation. But there's been improvements in the state of the art and he says that Hollywood is hoping that people will get used to it and not go back to 24 fps.
Scott went and saw Elysium last night. First time he's seen a movie at a theater in opening night, and he even saw it twice! He thought the premise was timely with the growing divide of the haves and have nots. The visuals were stunning, but it fell down a bit with the "shoot em up" second half. He saw it twice to compare the two new sound systems - Dolby Atmos and Barco Auro 11.1. Barco puts two rows of side surround speakers and clusters of overhead speakers to create a 3D sound space. Comparing them, it was no comparison. Dolby Atmos cleaned Barco's clock rather handily.
Shot at 48 frames per second (known as high frame rate - HFR), Peter Jackson's Tolkein epic "The Hobbit: An Unexpected journey comes to theaters next week. Jackson shot at 48p in order to create the sharpest possible image to help the audience get immersed into the story. There's been some resistance because people say it doesn't look "film like," (or shot at 24 fps). But Scott says it'll look fabulous. Detailed. Crisp and clear. But the problem is, it starts looking less like film and more like video.