I might as well admit it: I loved the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I’m giddy with excitement over the upcoming The Hobbit movie. I’m also in the process of learning video production techniques (although, let’s be honest, what Peter Jackson is doing with The Hobbit is, shall we say, a different game than I’m playing) and The Hobbit movie is pushing the boundaries of cinematography perhaps more than they have ever been pushed.
Since the 1920s, movies destined for the theater have been filmed largely at 24fps (frames per second) meaning your eye is presented with 24 images in one second to combine into a set of moving pictures. Peter Jackson has chosen to film at 48fps, twice the frame rate we are used to. There is a whole technical discussion on what this means, but the short end of the story is we’ll be seeing a movie that is more realistic than perhaps anything we’ve seen before on the silver screen. Early reviews are that it’s discomforting, though Jackson says to wait and watch the whole movie before passing judgement.
Either way, I’ll be there to see the movie in it’s full 48fps glory showing off the countryside of New Zealand (uhm, I want to go to there) and munching popcorn. Okay, probably no popcorn because that’s just too expensive.
In the meantime, if you’re like me, you’ll love watching some behind the scenes videos from The Hobbit production.