Peter Jackson to Shoot THE HOBBIT Films in 3D with 30 New RED EPIC Cameras

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Though I’m remiss to say it for fear of jinxing the project, it looks like Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit films really are moving ever closer to production. With the issues over filming in New Zealand settled and a great deal of casting recently confirmed, filming is gearing up to begin at last. And now, Jim Jannard, the owner and founder of RED DIGITAL CINEMA, has announced that Jackson will be using the company’s soon to be released EPIC digital cameras to shoot the two film adaptation in 3D.  Engadget reports that the new camera 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.” All this is to say that RED has produced a camera that is considerably smaller, lighter, and more powerful than any on the market today.  Jackson had this to say about using the cameras:

I find the picture quality [of RED cameras] 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.

Jackson will reportedly be using at least thirty of the new EPIC cameras on the production. For more on the technology, and what we know about The Hobbit so far, hit the jump.

Given his rather long history with RED (he used the prototype RED ONE on his short film Crossing the Line), Jackson’s been a fan of the company for quite a while, stating that he’s “always liked the look of RED footage…the image RED produces has a much more filmic feel than most of the other digital formats.”  Jannard and his team apparently flew out to New Zealand earlier this year to let Jackson test the cameras, and it appears that he very much liked what he saw.

This is exciting news, as Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films are an absolutely magnificent sight to behold. With this new technology, and Jackson’s knack for making gorgeous films, The Hobbit flicks are sure to be stunning.  The past month or so has been chock full of Hobbit news: composer Howard Shore recently confirmed that he will be returning to the franchise to score The Hobbit films, casting seems to be nearly complete with Martin Freeman announced as Bilbo Baggins and litany of other exciting names mentioned for various roles, and Hobbiton is set to be a permanent tourist attraction when filming is completed.  Needless to say, Jackson’s dream of completing J.R.R. Tolkein’s epic saga is near fruition.

The Hobbit is set to start shooting in New Zealand early next year, with Part 1 to be released December 2012, and Part 2 in December 2013.

Here’s the press release:

November 28, 2010, RED Studios Hollywood, Hollywood, Ca. – RED announces that Peter Jackson’s two film adaptation of The Hobbit will be shot in 3D using RED DIGITAL CINEMA’S soon to be released EPIC Digital Cameras.

The successor to RED’s industry changing RED ONE, the EPIC has 5K resolution, can shoot up to 120 frames per second and has a new HDRx™ mode for the highest dynamic range of any digital cinema camera ever made. Taking everything they had learned from building their first camera, RED designed the EPIC from scratch and have produced a smaller, lighter camera that is an order of magnitude more powerful.

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.”

Jim Jannard the owner and founder of RED flew to New Zealand earlier this year with members of his team so that Jackson could test the EPIC and assess its suitability. “Everybody at RED is incredibly proud that Peter has chosen the Epic” says Jannard, “The Hobbit is a major production, and could have chosen any camera system that they wanted. The fact that they went with us is extremely gratifying.”

The Hobbit will start shooting in New Zealand early next year.




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  • The Edge’s Hat

    Noooooooo…stop with all the 3D! It’s a rubbish gimmick!

    • FincherFan

      Not when it’s used to not be a gimmick, as James Cameron (and most likely Peter Jackson) has proven.

      • Christophercantos

        but would you rather want to watch it on the very dark format?

        personally, i think they shouldn’t make 3-D films unless they were able to come up with a way to remove the glass.

      • FincherFan

        I heard they’re working on it.

    • Michael Interbartoloiii

      agree I have yet to see a 3D movie that wasn’t a gimmick. the 20 minute Tron 3D Imax was cool, but I didn’t really notice much 3rd dimension in the preview.

    • http://twitter.com/DSerper DanSerper

      Clearly you’ve never been blazed in a 3D movie.
      3D is awesome (when done well).
      Stop being such a goddamn scrooge.

      • Josephdj9

        Never tried it; will have to someday!

  • sense11

    Nice, I like it.

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  • Christophercantos

    so Peter Jackson is really directing the Hobbit now?

    Do you people think he might have bumped off Del Toro because he wants to do have the Hobbit on 3D(which Del Toro fully opposed)

    • Anonymous

      I think that might have been true with any other director but I honestly believe Del Toro didn’t want to spend the next three years on these two films. He has too much lined up already.

  • Ian

    3D should only be used when it helps the film (Avatar and, hopefully, Tron: Legacy) but typically it’s just a moneygrab (Clash Of The Titans and The Last Airbender) but Jackson knows what he’s doing, so I have faith in this.

    • Anonymous

      Based on the Tron Night footage, it’s a gimmick there.

    • Anonymous

      Based on the Tron Night footage, it’s a gimmick there.

  • pgitt

    We all know that 3D is just a fad, just like pet rocks, snap bracelets, Chia pets, and contraceptives.
    http://www.youscreeniscreen.com

    • Dogg

      What he said minus the contraceptives.

    • http://twitter.com/DSerper DanSerper

      FUCK YOU SNAP BRACELETS RULE

  • Roland

    Well, I’ll be watching this in 2D. Who’s with me?

  • Arnold

    The Hobbit+3D+Peter Jackson n crew of LOTR+EPIC camera=PERFRECT !!!

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  • BigJohnSon

    Horrible decision to go with 3D. Three of the greatest films ever made and now they want to add the prequel using 3D, it won’t make sense. I love Peter Jackson’s stuff, but I do not agree with this direction of the film. Personally I never found 3D good at all, just parts of a movie popping out… I’m not here to see that, I want to see the story and characters. 3D is something to distract viewers, it’s showy, and as other stated, gimmicky…

  • nannygoat

    I’m not at all interested in watching the film in 3D. I think that they should have stuck to the same format at LOTR, so there would be more continuity between the “looks” of both films. The last thing people would want, would be a clunker like the second trilogy of STAR WARS to ruin the reputation of the original trilogy. BUT! Since AVATAR is the new measuring stick, and that was 3D, and they want to push 3D tvs for home use, of course JACKSON was forced to film in 3D, even if he didnt want to. POLITICS. Sad to see political, and new technology products, influencing the arts to this extent. IT can end up really bad….check out the SPIDERMAN musical, if you want to see a technical disaster. I’m not saying it should be filmed in B&W, but c’mon!

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  • 3D – why not?

    Filming in 3D is if you like additional to the format it will also be available in: 2D. Why are people fussed about the fact it will be in 3D? Jackson is simply aiming to make the world surround the characters more immersive, similar to what Jim achieved in Avatar. And if he doesn’t screw it up I’ll vote with my feet and pay hard cash to experience middle earth in 3D for sure.

    One of the benefits of filming in high quality digital stereo will be: (bear with me here) that in the far future when more holographic mediums are available – they will be able to source the original film and port it directly on that holographic medium without having to do any ridiculous conversion stuff like they failed at doing in ‘clash of the titans’.
    Regardless about all this possible coolness and the suspense at waiting to see how well Jackson can pull of 3D with ‘the hobbit’ – orignal case and point: it will still be available in 2D.

    3D complaints = fail.

  • James

    I read that article, walked away it then it hit me. Jackson purchased 30 Reds for the Hobbit? Talk about excess! Does anyone not realize how ludicrous that is? The cost of film production in Hollywood has been outlandish for some time now which is why so many productions have choosen to film overseas. I mean I know the success of a Jackson helmed Hobbit is like money in the bank, but good grief man I think that’s a bit extreme.

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