News Flash: Motion Picture Cameras Don’t Capture Motion!

Gotta say we were kind of astonished to hear Quentin Tarantino say during an interview with regard to celluloid film that

“There’s no movement in movies at all. They are still pictures but when shown at 24 frames a second through a light bulb it creates the illusion of movement.”

Check out the priceless look on the stunned interviewer’s face as Tarantino explains that film is nothing more than a series of still pictures!

While he might be technically correct, in practice, what we’re seeing is double or triple the frame rate the film was shot at:

“From 1927 to 1930, as various studios updated equipment, the rate of 24 FPS became standard for 35 mm sound film. At 24 FPS, the film travels through the projector at a rate of 456 millimetres (18.0 in) per second. This allowed simple two-blade shutters to give a projected series of images at 48 per second, satisfying Edison’s recommendation. Many modern 35 mm film projectors use three-blade shutters to give 72 images per second—each frame is flashed on screen three times.” Wikipedia

And it’s with that in mind that we’ve gone ahead and added info on changing the refresh rate of your MacBook Pro display to the Monster guide.

2 thoughts on “News Flash: Motion Picture Cameras Don’t Capture Motion!

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  1. Interesting that you posted this. I just read this article about refresh rates on monitors and 24 fps.

    1. His thinking is flawed. On today’s high resolution, high contrast displays, low frame rates like 24 and 30 FPS cannot overcome the appearance of judder during slow panning shots or when there is movement in the frame. The future of cinema is variable feame rates, where fast moving action will be captured at high frame rates and static shots will continue to be captured at 24 FPS.

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