Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Hobbit 2012

How many of you are Lord of the Rings fans?? The Angry Koala Gear crew definitely are huge fans and we loved the incredible LOTR Trilogy. We will be very fortunate enough to see Peter Jackson's vision in directing and producing JRR Tolkiens The Hobbit set to be released December 2012 and made into two parts with The Hobbit Part 2 being released 2013. If you have not looked at Peter Jackson's Facebook page, it maybe a great idea to Like his page to get updates on the filming of his new project, The Hobbit, which many of us have been waiting for patiently.

Lord of the Rings fans got great news in March that the Hobbit had just started filming. We plan to give you updates as they continue rolling in these next few months. Peter Jackson just provided us with awesome news of shooting the films in a higher speed of 48fps versus the old traditional way of 24fps. The Hobbit will also be in 3D, which I can imagine will be simply amazing. 

Here is some of the information from Peter Jackson's Facebook page actually talking about the shooting with the 48fps. This may be a great change for the film industry!

Time for an update. Actually, we've been intending to kick off with a video, which is almost done, so look out for that in the next day or two. In the meantime, I thought I'd address the news that has been reported about us shooting THE HOBBIT at 48 frames per second, and explain to you what my thoughts are about this.

We are indeed shooting at the higher frame rate. The key thing to understand is that this process requires both shooting and projecting at 48 fps, rather than the usual 24 fps (films have been shot at 24 frames per second since the late 1920's). So the result looks like normal speed, but the image has hugely enhanced clarity and smoothness. Looking at 24 frames every second may seem ok--and we've all seen thousands of films like this over the last 90 years--but there is often quite a lot of blur in each frame, during fast movements, and if the camera is moving around quickly, the image can judder or "strobe."

Shooting and projecting at 48 fps does a lot to get rid of these issues.  It looks much more lifelike, and it is much easier to watch, especially in 3-D. We've been watching HOBBIT tests and dailies at 48 fps now for several months, and we often sit through two hours worth of footage without getting any eye strain from the 3-D.  It looks great, and we've actually become used to it now, to the point that other film experiences look a little primitive. I saw a new movie in the cinema on Sunday and I kept getting distracted by the juddery panning and blurring. We're getting spoilt!

In another update from Peter Jackson, he mentioned earlier in the week that he would provide an update on the filming of the Hobbit and he came through on his word with a great video update on his Facebook page. In the video it provides fans with a great tease of what we having to look forward to from seeing a glimpse of Middle-earth. 

Keep checking in with us as more great updates for the Hobbit continue. We are really excited to see what great toys, statues, and other great collectibles await us. 

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