Yesterday, Peter Jackson gleefully released a 10-minute behind-the-scenes video for “The Hobbit,” which began production a few weeks ago. For those not aware, it’s been a long time coming. Due to myriad issues, which consisted of an illness, financial trouble, threat of a union strike and a fire which burned down Peter Jackson’s Portsmouth Miniature Studio, the film was stalled for years.
Thankfully, much to the delight of “Lord of the Rings” fans like myself, Jackson and crew pressed on. Per usual, the ever so gracious Jackson continues to gift Middle Earth followers with updates via Facebook and on Monday, the director announced “The Hobbit” will be shot at 48 frames per second. On his page, Jackson explained that by filming at this higher rate, action sequences will appear much smoother and images won’t appear “juddered or blurred.”
To read his address in complete detail, add his Facebook page if you haven’t already.
In addition to Jackson’s page, you should also bookmark TheOneRing.Net. I’ve been a frequent visitor since the Lord of the Rings saga began.
“The Hobbit” won’t be released until December 2012, but in interim, enjoy the footage below. In it, you’ll be re-introduced to the beloved and painfully shy artist Alan Lee, who was the conceptual designer for the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and now for “The Hobbit.” “Being Human” fans (the UK version) will catch a glimpse of Aiden Turner and you’ll also get a wonderful look at the extraordinary sets. Elrond’s chambers is an exact replica of the one seen in “Fellowship of the Ring.”
But enough spoilers. Watch for yourself and if this doesn’t get you excited for Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit,” I don’t know what will.
Please share your thoughts on the awesome video with your comments to the right.
“The Hobbit: Part I” starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Aiden Turner, Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom is due out in theaters next winter!
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