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Jon Shank
Mad Max Fury Road: Smooth Slowmo and Strobey Fast Action
on Aug 13, 2016 at 10:33:02 am

I figured I'd ask this here as well as it could be an editing question even more than a cinematography one.

On mad max I found this quote:
Something like 50 or 60 percent of the film is not running at 24 frames a second, which is the traditional frame rate," said Seale. "It'll be running below 24 frames because George, if he couldn't understand what was happening in the shot, he slowed it down until you could. Or if it was too well understood, he'd shorten it or he'd speed it up back towards 24. His manipulation of every shot in that movie is intense."


So, it says he decided in post to either slow or speed the frame rate.

What frame rate do you think they shot in to be able to have the option to do both?

I've like scoured the Internet and can't find any consistent opinions on this.

I've shot some test footage at 24fps and interpreted it to like 26-33 and get the nice sped up choppy effect. But if I decided I wanted to instead slow the action and still export it at 24 it wouldn't be smooth slow motion cause the clip only had 24 frames per second to work with.

So here is where I'm confused. If I wanted the option to slow down OR speed up could I just shoot the entire thing in 60 or higher?

1. Would I be able to interpret it at like 70fps to get the choppy motion in a 24p sequence or would it not look the same as native 24?
2. Would the 60 fps footage I didn't alter the speed on look bad because of premiere frame dropping to get it to 24fps?


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Tero Ahlfors
Re: Mad Max Fury Road: Smooth Slowmo and Strobey Fast Action
on Aug 13, 2016 at 3:00:19 pm

[Jon Shank] "What frame rate do you think they shot in to be able to have the option to do both?"

You don't shoot for both. If you have a super cool slowmo shot that is planned in advance and shot with gear that will enable that.


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Jon Shank
Re: Mad Max Fury Road: Smooth Slowmo and Strobey Fast Action
on Aug 13, 2016 at 3:09:21 pm

But it says he decided in post... Not during shooting


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Tero Ahlfors
Re: Mad Max Fury Road: Smooth Slowmo and Strobey Fast Action
on Aug 13, 2016 at 4:44:36 pm

If you are shooting high speed footage it will be played back at the frame rate needed. If you need a slowmo shot at 240 fps then you shoot that at the required frame rate and run it at 24 so it will be ten times slower. Because it has all the frames it needs for slow motion it'll be smooth.

One doesn't shoot a whole movie at high speed. That would require insane amount of data and a very patient post house.


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Tero Ahlfors
Re: Mad Max Fury Road: Smooth Slowmo and Strobey Fast Action
on Aug 13, 2016 at 4:47:10 pm

Here's a 2 hour talk about the shooting process:


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