The Cinematic Look and the Paradox of High Frame Rates

Loertscher, Miriam Laura; Iseli, Christian (13 June 2017). The Cinematic Look and the Paradox of High Frame Rates (Submitted). In: International Conference of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI). Helsinki, Finland. 11.06.-14.06.2017.

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The onset of Hollywood films produced with high frame rates has raised many questions and controversial discussions among filmmakers and critics about the cinematic look and the potential of digital innovations. Cinema audiences all over the world are used to the standard frame rate of 24 frames per second (fps) and only few cinemas are able to project higher frame rates than 96 fps. An artistic research project was conducted to test the effects of high frame rates (HFR) on film perception. A short movie was shot in HFR (96 fps) and produced in three frame rates (24* / 48* / 96 fps, *frame rate conversions in postproduction) for a cinema experiment. 49 participants watched the film in all three frame rates while being measured with an eye tracking device (counterbalanced within subjects design). They filled out a questionnaire after each film version. The analysis of the results will give new insights about the perception of high frame rates compared to the standard frame rate. Open questions for future research projects on HFR will be discussed.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Abstract)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology, Perception and Methodology

UniBE Contributor:

Loertscher, Miriam Laura


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology




Miriam Laura Loertscher

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23 Apr 2018 15:00

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03 Dec 2019 14:25

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