Studios deciding to shoot their big tentpoles in 3D isn’t news anymore, but with The Hobbit there had been quite a lot of discussion on the matter. Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro are part of James Cameron’s 3D fan club so the possibility was there, however del Toro revealed earlier this month that he didn’t want to shoot The Hobbit in 3D while he was director, saying:
“I myself was not interested in shooting ‘The Hobbit’ in 3D,” he admitted, but added, “I do believe that big spectacle movies like ‘Avatar’ or ‘At The Mountains Of Madness’ or ‘The Haunted Mansion’ should be in 3D,”
But as Peter Jackson is directing it comes down to his decision, and he has decided to shoot The Hobbit movies in 3D.
It won’t be any old 3D though, it will be with the latest EPIC Digital Cameras which has 5k resolution, is able to shoot up to 128 frames per second, and has a new HDRx mode “for the highest dynamic range of any camera ever made.”
The Hobbit will be amongst the first productions in the world to use the EPIC and at least thirty cameras will be required by the 3-D production. The EPIC’S small size and relatively low weight, makes it perfect for 3-D – where two cameras have to be mounted on each 3D rig.
Jackson has a long history with RED, dating back to when he directed the short film ‘Crossing the Line’ as a very early test of prototype RED ONE cameras. “I have always liked the look of Red footage.” he says, “I’m not a scientist or mathematician, but the image Red produces has a much more filmic feel than most of the other digital formats. I find the picture quality appealing and attractive, and with the Epic, Jim and his team have gone even further. It is a fantastic tool, the Epic not only has cutting edge technology, incredible resolution and visual quality, but it is also a very practical tool for film makers. Many competing digital systems require the cameras to be tethered to large cumbersome VTR machines. The Epic gives us back the ability to be totally cable free, even when working in stereo.”
Some fans would have preferred Warner Bros. to shoot in 2D as The Lord of the Rings trilogy was shot that way, but if they are going to be shooting the movies in 3D it might as well be with the latest in 3D tech. Filming will begin in February in New Zealand.
The Hobbit in 3D: Good news, or will you still try to watch it in 2D?