Hi- tech Hobbit forming
SIR Peter Jackson is a filmmaker known for pushing boundaries and his latest creation, The Hobbit, will be no exception.
The acclaimed Kiwi director ( pictured) has revealed the much-anticipated prequel to The Lord of the Rings will go where no film has gone – into the realm of ultra-fast film speed.
For almost a century films have been shot at 24 frames a second, enough to allow reasonably smooth and seamless viewing for most shots.
The Hobbit, however, will use 48 frames a second, a considerably more expensive option that Jackson promises ‘‘ looks much more life-like, and it is much easier to watch, especially in 3D’’.
‘‘ It looks great, and we’ve actually become used to it now, to the point that other film experiences look a little primitive,’’ the director said on his Facebook page.
This ‘‘ hugely enhanced clarity and smoothness’’ eradicated the ‘‘ blurring’’ or ‘‘ strobing’’ effect seen when the camera panned or moved quickly, he said in his blog.
He predicted many film purists would criticise the shift but signalled it was the way of the future.
‘‘ It’s similar to the moment when vinyl records were supplanted by digital CDs,’’ Jackson said.
‘‘ There’s no doubt in my mind that we’re heading towards movies being shot and projected at higher frame rates.’’
He’s not the only convert. Last month director James Cameron announced he too was planning to shoot his sequel to Avatar at a higher frame rate.
Jackson said his decision would ‘‘ future proof’’ the $ US50 million two-film production, one of the most costly and widely anticipated Hollywood releases of all time.
The problem, however, is whether theatres will be able to update screening technology in time for the first film’s release in December 2012.
Jackson said he was ‘‘ hopeful that there will be enough theatres capable of projecting 48 frames a second by the time The Hobbit comes out’’ but conceded ‘‘ we don’t yet know what the reality will be’’.