First Friday Film Facts – The Frame Rate

“Frame rate is the engine behind the cinematic lie, the magic trick that allows us to enter a world that’s not quite real but real enough. A simple defining number shaped by psychology, economics, clever engineering, all in service to the act of telling stories.” – John P. Hess

Those of you who are filmmakers are undoubtedly familiar with frame rate and might even be familiar with its history, but just in case here’s a refresher for ya. And, for those of you a little less familiar with frame rate and wondering how Thomas Edison, bandwidth, and The Hobbit might relate to “frame rate,” aaaand why 29.97 is ‘Ulu‘ulu’s Media Specialist Robbie Omura’s lucky number, let’s take a look…

(friendly) warning: there will be some math involved

 

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