02 December 2012

'Hobbit' Film Leaves Some Moviegoers Feeling Sick

After watching early screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, many moviegoers complained of feeling sick and dizzy as a result of the techniques used in filming.

Director Peter Jackson has previously received criticism for his use of high-speed 3D cameras, which capture twice the number of frames per second as most films.

Some viewers complained of nausea and migraines.

According to The Sunday Times, one 'avid' fan flew from Australia to New Zealand for the premiere, stating after the film that, "My eyes cannot take everything in, it's dizzying, now I have a migraine."

"It works for the big snowy mountains," Tweeted another fan, "but in close-ups the pictures strobes. I left loving the movie but feeling sick."

One fan compared the motion sickness as similar to the feeling of riding a rollercoaster.

"You have to hold your stomach down and let your eyes pop at first to adjust," they said. "This is not for wimps."

In an attempt to explain the reason for these feelings of queasiness, The Sunday Times quoted the work of Adrian Bejan (Design in Nature), who has stated that eye movement combines "long and fast horizontal sweeps with short and slower vertical movements." 48fps film, however, "requires the eye to sweep up and down faster than usual in close-ups to absorb unparalleled detail on a big screen, causing cognitive strain."

Despite the feelings of sickness, many moviegoers were still eager to see the film again. Those of you with weak stomachs may not have to worry, though: fewer than 5% of cinemas will be showing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 48fps, according to The Sunday Times.


  1. If Tauriel rescues the Dwarves in Mirkwood instead of Bilbo, I'll feel sick too!

  2. Strobing means that there was some other light source at a different frequency. That should be fixed as soon as possible and theatres be on the alert for it.

    For the closeups, that may mean that a smaller screen is needed, and taking account of that in future films.