Don’t worry if you’re not up to speed with the more technical terms here because Peter Jackson and team do a fantastic job of explaining everything. The fourth production vlog for The Hobbit has been released and gives us an exciting look into how they are using RED Epic cameras (the brand) to shoot at 5K (the resolution) in 3D (you know what that is) at 48 fps (the frame rate, discussed concerning Tintin recently; this is the first major feature film to shoot this high). It’s a great video that explains not only what they are doing but how they’re managing to get the makeup, costumes, and even the concept art to all jive well with the new formats.
It’s awesome that Jackson is taking the time to do these because there’s no contractual incentive for him to do so. It’s the decision of he and his team to take time to keep loyal fans up to date with what’s happening. Such a great director. And while we’re on the subject, 48 RED Epics?! Really?! That’s crazy.
Well, I’m excited, and hopefully people will be more trusting of 3D and higher frame rates when shown it being used artistically as opposed to gimmick-ly. Expect a trailer for The Hobbit: There and Back Again sometime in the summer.