MiddleEarthBlog: The Hobbit Movie Update


Monday, April 23, 2012

The Hobbit Movie Update

     Well it's just under eight months to go till " The Hobbit " movie part one shows up in your local theater. The latest scoop is more of a technical one. The standard frame rate of movies had been 24 frames per second (FPS) like forever but Sir Peter Jackson and fellow Director James Cameron have been leading a crusade in Hollywood to change over to 48 frames per second. At this frame rate a movie will have a much sharper image eliminating jutter and other motion artifacts, so Sir Peter will be presenting " The Hobbit " not only in 3-D but also at 48 FPS. There is a small problem with this as most movie theaters projectors at this time and date can only show movies at the old standard of 24 FPS, So what is to happen come December 14th. I predict that a lot of theaters will make the necessary upgrades in order to stay competitive so come Dec. 13 check out the local area theaters and see who had made the switch and make the necessary arrangements. It would seem that they will all eventually be forced to do so, James Cameron will be making the new Avatar movies at 48 FPS and the advent of big time blockbusters at 48 FPS will force this switch upon them. Just as long as they don't mess with the popcorn.
    In production news they are still filming major scenes and will finish some time in the future. Questions arise: such as. where will " The Hobbit " part ones storyline end? I personally feel it will be at Laketown and the party setting off to face the Dragon Smaug but others have different ideas on that matter. Will they show the White Council in battle with the Necromancer ( Sauron)? That would be seriously  cool. How much airtime will be given to Christopher Lees character (Saruman)? A lot I hope. There are a lot of unanswered questions that will all be explained in due time but until then it is always fun to come up with them and new ones as well. On an interesting aside it was revealed today that up to ten minutes of "The Hobbit " film will be shown at CinemaCon in Las Vegas tomorrow 4/24/2012. it will be shown in 3-D at 48 FPS, lets hope that some or all of it will leak out to the public.

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