Recently, Peter Jackson debuted 10 minutes of 3D RED EPIC footage from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey that was shot in 48-frames per second as opposed to the conventional film standard of 24. The reveal was met with some rather mixed reactions.
Higher frame rates, that are not being used for the purpose of slow-motion, have been prevalent since the introduction of digital video formats. 30 fps and 60 fps are common settings on most of today’s digital video cameras, and are touted as more “life like” than that of the traditional motion-blur that is associated with 24 fps. So why 48 frames per second then? Take a look at this cool video that gives an inside look into the technological theory of how a higher frame rate can improve the quality of recorded footage. While, this video focuses more on shooting as high as 120 fps, the principle behind the ideology is the same.
Personally, I prefer the traditional filmic look, but maybe I just like to think that I aspire to old school methodologies of filmmaking.