In the latest video blog for The Hobbit, writer-director Peter Jackson says, “Shooting The Hobbit in 3D is a dream-come-true. If I had had the ability to shoot The Lord of the Rings in 3D, I certainly would have done it.” Even if you’re not a fan of 3D, this new video blog does a great job of explaining all the aspects of the technology including the benefits of shooting at 48 frames per second. There are also cool bits like the concept art being done in 3D and how various departments have to change their approach to accommodate 3D and 48fps. Even if you’ve seen documentaries like this before, this one is still worth your time because it provides brief looks at scenes from the movie. There are short glimpses of a dwarf battle, Gandalf leading the party, and a first look at the psychedelic forest of Mirkwood, and other moments that make me excited to return to Middle-Earth.
Hit the jump to check out the video blog, and look forward to the next one where they’ll be moving off the soundstage and shooting on location. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released on December 14, 2012. The Hobbit: There and Back Again will hit theaters on December 13, 2013.
Video blog via The Hobbit‘s official Facebook page.
Here’s the synopsis for The Hobbit:
“The Hobbit” follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins , who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey , Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.
Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever… Gollum.
Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.