Does HFR3D = Audience Sickness?

“The Hobbit” was shot at 48 fps. However, it seems that there may be an unexpected side-effect: audience sickness and discomfort.

While regular 3D has similar issues with some audience members, 48 fps 3D is new fodder for the press. Coverage follows:


New ‘Hobbit’ film makes some moviegoers sick

USA TODAY – ‎4 minutes ago‎
Ian McKellen in a scene from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.’ (Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures). 10:10AM EST December 3. 2012 – The new Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is causing some unexpected reaction. Some in the audience for the New Zealand

The Hobbit makes fans uneasy

Daily News & Analysis – ‎1 hour ago‎
The Hobbit is making film fans feel queasy due to its dizzying and double-speed 3D technology, it has been revealed. The adventures of Bilbo Baggins and co have been shot at twice the speed of older movies with a dazzling 48 frames per second.

The Hobbit leaves viewers feeling ill

Sky News Australia – ‎12 hours ago‎
The Hobbit leaves viewers feeling ill. Updated: 13:34, Monday December 3, 2012. The Hobbit leaves viewers feeling ill. Cinema-goers have reported feeling dizzy and nauseous after viewing the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The film

Hobbit’s visual effects leaves some fans feeling sick

Herald Sun – ‎14 hours ago‎
IT was supposed to look incredible on screen- but The Hobbit has left many cinema-goers dizzy and nauseous. The film was shot in 3D and at a camera speed of 48 frames per second instead of the traditional 24, which is said to improve picture quality.

The Hobbit crowd complains of dizzy spells, nausea

New Zealand Herald – ‎17 hours ago‎
Hobbit fans in New Zealand for early screenings of the film claim its high frame rate made them feel sick. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey screened at twice the normal number of frames per second, making it the first major Hollywood movie to be shot at

‘Hobbit film wizardry left us feeling sick’: Cinema-goers complain camera speeds

Daily Mail – ‎Dec 2, 2012‎
Cinema-goers have complained of feeling sick and dizzy after watching early screenings of The Hobbit. Peter Jackson’s eagerly awaited new film is the first to be shot using high-speed 3D cameras that capture twice the normal number of frames per second.

The Hobbit film leaves fans with an unexpected sickness

The Week UK
Jackson filmed The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first in a two-part adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien novel, in 3D and at a camera speed of 48 frames per second, which is double the normal rate, The Sunday Times reports. The result is supposed to

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