Ang Lee Confirms He's Already Shooting His Next Film in 120FPS 3D

April 22, 2015

Ang Lee

We all thought we were done with High Frame Rate projection after The Hobbit, but it looks like that's not the case. During Sony Picture's annual presentation at CinemaCon this week, director Ang Lee appeared in a recorded video from the set of his new film based on the book Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. He talked about how making Life of Pi in 3D taught him how remarkable of a filmmaking tool 3D is. He has since explored new filmmaking technology even further, deciding to shoot this next film at 120 FPS (frames per second) and in 3D (again). No footage was shown, and they didn't mention anything else about it being released in HFR, but it sounds like Lee is now getting into HFR after James Cameron and Peter Jackson.

It was also mentioned this is the first time any film has been filmed fully in 120FPS. Cameron and Jackson have been using 48FPS and 60FPS, but this is the first 120FPS film. I am very curious to see some footage.

Ben Fountain's book Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is (described on Amazon) a "razor-sharp satire set in Texas during America's war in Iraq, [that explores] the gaping national disconnect between the war at home and the war abroad." The film follows an infantryman who recounts the final hours before he and his fellow soldiers return to Iraq. Ang Lee is currently shooting the film down in Georgia now, and Sony Pictures is planning a release sometime in 2016. The cast includes Vin Diesel, Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Beau Knapp, Ben Platt and Steve Martin. Beyond that we don't know much else as production is now underway.

Personally, I don't have anything against HFR. While I've only seen The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in HFR, I remember thinking "this is the future" but it's going to take years and years for everyone to get used to it. It looks different than every movie we've ever seen, and it's hard to start viewing them differently. But I believe with more time, and with more filmmakers (like Ang Lee) really showing how this technology can be used effectively, it will slowly but surely become embraced. I'm surprised Ang Lee is already jumping into it so soon, but he sounded excited about revealing this bit of news. I'll be keeping a very close eye on this.

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Screw 3D, screw 120FPS. The thing is: I don't wanna get 'used it'. I don't want movies to look like TV sports event. I want movies to look Epic, surreal and bigger than life. See 2001 and Lawrence of Arabia.

Sascha Dikiciyan on Apr 22, 2015


Filmic, you mean. But I suppose that if he's using a cinematographer with an artistic sense then it shouldn't look too normal.

C.A. Hall on Apr 22, 2015


I am inclined to agree with you CA Hall. He is just using the effect as a tool, like a painter who switches brushes.

DAVIDPD on Apr 22, 2015


Completely agree with the 3D. Have yet to see any high fps flicks (or high fps 3D).

avconsumer2 on Apr 23, 2015


And they can't look epic at anything beyond 24fps?????

SallySpider on Apr 23, 2015


Sure cos 24 fps means the best movie ever while 60 means a static camera with 2 ppl talking... Proffessional camera work, great cgi and acting together with great stories are the things that make a movie great NOT a freaking MOTION BLUR with DAMN STUTTER! What differs soap-operas from movies is the content not the frame rate. I never watched soap operas nor stupid reality shows while watching ALL my movies and high quality series at 60FPS, i can't withstand the 24fps with the stuttery camera pans and weird motion(hated it even before i ever watched 60fps content except videogames). ps: i use SVP in order to watch everything on 60fps(48 on my low end i3 laptop)

Yossi Cohen on Aug 12, 2015


As much as I dislike most 3D and the HFR Hobbit films, I do like experimentation and innovation, be it through technology or otherwise. Far be it from me to tell these artists how to create their art as they have every right to choose any of the tools available to them. Whether the choice, in this case 120 fps, is correct or not is still up for debate but I'd like to keep the possibility of being pleasantly surprised open.

Neuromancer on Apr 22, 2015


Well said sir.

grimjob on Apr 22, 2015


I wished Life of Pi was shot in 48FPS or higher. Watching 3D movies on a 24FPS is a total head ache especially during fast movements but The Hobbits on 48FPS was so damn clear in 3D.

Max Rockatansky on Apr 22, 2015


I really wish that films like Gravity or Interstellar had been made at HFR in 3D. That would have been a mesmerizing experience.

Chris Groves on Apr 23, 2015


Lee is so far the only director to use 3D in a captivating way. THE LIFE OF PI was a stunning achievement.

DAVIDPD on Apr 22, 2015



sod-sailer on Apr 23, 2015


You're kidding right? Have you not seen Cave of Forgotten Dreams? Herzog is king.

olle on Apr 25, 2015


Can you even tell the difference between 60 and 120?

OfficialJab on Apr 23, 2015


From a computer gaming perspective... oh yeah. It's blatantly obvious.

avconsumer2 on Apr 23, 2015


I believe so.

Chris Groves on Apr 23, 2015


I didn't realize orientals made movies

ErrorSapiens on Apr 23, 2015


My orientation also makes movies 😉 If you take my hint 😉

SallySpider on Apr 23, 2015


who will do the vfx ?

aanonn on Apr 25, 2015

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