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Jackson defends Hobbit footage

April 30th, 2012 by bash 1 Comment


Peter Jackson has defended his decision to film The Hobbit in 3D at a rate of 48 frames per second, compared with the industry standard of 24 frames.

Following a 10 minute screening of his Middle-Earth adventure, which will be released as two parts with the first one in December, many fans and critics hit out at the look of the film with some detractors saying it “looked like a made-for-TV movie”.

“It wasn’t particularly surprising because it is something new,” Jackson told the Hollywood Reporter.

“Ultimately, it is different in a positive way, especially for 3D, especially for epic films.”

The footage, shown at the CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas last week, was also criticsed for being “uncinematic”.

However, the New Zealand director said “it does take you a while to get used to”.

The two parts, titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, are being filmed back to back. They are scheduled to be released on 14 December 2012 and 13 December 2013, respectively.

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  • Jonni

    I honestly don’t see how a higher frame rate can be anything but a good thing. Surely this will mean a much smoother looking film? I mean, granted I haven’t seen the footage, but I’ve never heard someone complain about the higher frame rate of a Blu Ray…

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