PICTURE QUALITY – MOTION FLUIDITY
From a social standpoint projecting moving images on the wall of a public hall to entertain audience
couldn’t have materialized at a better time given the immigration exodus to America at the turn of the
First attempts were very short length and captured at 10~12 frames per second which resulted in
incredibly jerky movements such that it gave motion picture a cartoon feel.
In order to incorporate a more serious feel while going for feature length, the thought of increasing
number of frames per second to 16 eradicated the motion jerkiness replacing it with image succession
fluidity. Adding a more compelling spice the narrative style was introduced as opposed to linear story-telling
which stimulated greater viewing interest.
Wishing to innovate to the next level by joining dialogue to motion picture developers were first surprised
by the obvious lip sync issues. If you’ve ever watched a ‘70s Hong Kong martial arts movie were dialogue
is first uttered then the lips move you know exactly what I am referring to.
Going back to how jerkiness was corrected to motion fluidity, the number of frames per second was increased
to 24 whereas both dialogue and lips were synchronized. In 1927 the first talking motion picture entitled “The
Jazz Singer” was released. Cinematography’s new established standard of 24fps to this date is still in effect.
The greatest quality of 24fps cinematography is its ability to create a fantasy world distancing the physical
audience from the silver screen yet fueling the audience’s imagination a wide scope of emotions.