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The annual conference of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI) welcomes you to the Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, June 11th – 14th, 2017

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Tuesday, June 13 • 11:30 - 12:00
SP Chris Robinson. “It looked great. It was unwatchable.” High Frame Rate, Redux: Douglas Trumbull’s MAGI Pod and Ang Lee’s 'Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk'

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The release this past fall of Ang Lee’s new high-frame rate film brought critical reactions similar to those received by The Hobbit in 2012. To Slate’s Daniel Engber, the film “looked great” but was “unwatchable.” To Engber, “If HFR looks so damn good, then why don’t we like it in the theater?” 
This paper will examine this in light of recent research into high frame rate and perception. Adaptations in the shooting of HFR films and their aesthetics will be examined. It will also consider Douglas Trumbull’s claims to have “solved” the problems of HFR presentation with his MAGI process.


Chris Robinson

University of Arkansas Little Rock
Chris Robinson is an Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the University of Arkansas Little Rock and a curator for the Telluride Film Festival. He has taught at Emerson College, The University of Kansas, and Columbia University. He has worked in production, distribution, and exhibition... Read More →

Tuesday June 13, 2017 11:30 - 12:00 EEST
A-305 Room, Töölö Campus, Aalto University (3rd floor) Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki