Ang Lee Shooting ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ at 120 Frames Per Second, in 3D

Ang Lee Shooting 'Billy Lynn's Long
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Ang Lee is shooting all of military drama “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” at the ultra-high frame rate of 120 frames per second and in 3D.

Lee discussed the film — his first since he won an Oscar for directing “Life of Pi” — as part of Sony’s CinemaCon presentation on Wednesday in a special video message from the set in Georgia. He said it will be the first film ever shot entirely at the 120 frames per second rate, which is aimed at immersing viewers in modern-day military combat that soldiers experience.

Sony executives have been touting the notion that they are pushing ahead on the technical front in filming. Lee had previously announced that he is using the Sony F65 camera and shooting at the ultra-high frame rate — more than twice the rate at which Peter Jackson shot the last two Hobbit films.

Sony has dated “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” for release on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2016.

Newcomer Joe Alwyn is starring in the titular role of the film, which is based on the Ben Fountain novel. Kristen Stewart, Steve Martin, Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker and Garrett Hedlund round out the cast.

“Billy Lynn” will be co-financed by Jeff Robinov’s Fosun-backed Studio 8, together with Chinese distribution company Bona Film Group and Film 4.

The story centers on 19-year-old private Billy Lynn and his company, who survive a harrowing battle that’s captured by news cameras. They are brought home by the U.S. administration for a promotional tour, culminating at the halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game — while facing an imminent return to the war.

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  1. Jean-Michel says:

    I’m guessing that “120 frames per second” actually means 60 per eye, which would retain compatibility with most of the 4k projectors in the field. He could shoot it at 120fps per eye, if he wanted–the F65 supports 120fps, and he’s gonna have to use two cameras no matter what the frame rate, since the F65 is a 2D camera–but the number of theaters that could actually show it that way would be infinitesimal.

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