Making a Movie With The Sony a9

Amar Ramesh and his team from India created the above movie using the Sony a9 shooting at 20fps. In the past movies were filmed at 16fps, so 20fps isn’t far off from today’s modern 24fps standard. They started off with 12,000 photos and then paired it down to 2,500 for the above video which was created using Lightroom and Final Cut Pro. You can see the behind the scenes below and read the full story at Fstoppers.

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  • ZoetMB

    Only silent movies were made anywhere near 16fps and when electric motors were developed, they pretty much standardized at 18fps. Since early movies were hand-cranked, the frame rates actually varied quite a bit, both for technical reasons and for aesthetic reasons. And in the early days of film, projectionists would vary speed of projection as well, like speeding up for a chase scene. All in the silent era, of course.

    16 to 18 fps on film (as opposed to still shots shot at high speed) is going to produce flicker. 24 fps, the sound film standard, has just enough blur to increase believability and make it look like film. Higher frame rates, which have been used on the Hobbit films and “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” increase clarity and really high frame rates create hyper reality, but it no longer looks like film, it looks like video and while clarity increases, believability declines.

    You can see this for yourself by watching a “making of” documentary that was shot on video at 60fps. All the action scenes, while quite clear, seem incredibly fake. Sets look like sets, not real locations. Now watch the same scene in the movie and it’s totally believable (at 24fps).

  • anyone remembers who did this before?