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The "Most Frames Per Second Incredibly Special Effects Award" Goes to Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

The Oscars recognizes the achievements of actors or directors. There are even a few Oscars for effects, production, and the like, but the men and women responsible for stunning special effects are not recognized as they should. That's why Popular Mechanics, for the third year in a row, is recognizing the greatest visual effects in film. Among the awards, we pinpointed the "Most Frames Per Second Incredibly Special Effects Award" .

Most movies are shot at 24 frames per second (fps): Each second, 24 images flash on the screen—just enough to make us see motion. Anything higher than 24 makes some people feel sick, but director Ang Lee wanted a smooth, immersive experience. So he shot Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk at 120.

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Strobing is Gone

"Lee really liked 3D," says his editor Tim Squyres. "But 24 fps causes strobing [a jumpy image] and motion blur [a smeared image caused by movement]. In 2D we're used to it. It's what we consider the film look. In 3D, strobing is annoying." So Lee increased his frame rate and incorporated a two-camera 3D rig. "Both cameras have synchronized shutters running at 120," Squyres says. This led to a few surprises. "You can't really get away with makeup," says Squyres.

Why 120 fps Is So Good

Is It Too Realisitic For You?

Some viewers will initially be shocked by Billy Lynn's startlingly live look but Lee thinks that his shooting style will soon be common.

Source: Popular Mechanics (Read it for the other Award winners!)