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Peter Jackson will shoot The Hobbit in 48 FPS + Andy Serkis to direct second unit + Casting news

Peter Jackson has written a post on the official “The Hobbit” Facebook page detailing his decision to shoot the films at 48 frames per second. Jackson explained some of the key advantages to shooting at 48 fps vs. the standard 24 fps:

We are indeed shooting at the higher frame rate. The key thing to understand is that this process requires both shooting and projecting at 48 fps, rather than the usual 24 fps (films have been shot at 24 frames per second since the late 1920′s). So the result looks like normal speed, but the image has hugely enhanced clarity and smoothness. Looking at 24 frames every second may seem ok–and we’ve all seen thousands of films like this over the last 90 years–but there is often quite a lot of blur in each frame, during fast movements, and if the camera is moving around quickly, the image can judder or “strobe.”

Another added benefit is that shooting at 48 fps helps with eye strain that is sometimes common in 3D films:

Shooting and projecting at 48 fps does a lot to get rid of these issues. It looks much more lifelike, and it is much easier to watch, especially in 3-D. We’ve been watching HOBBIT tests and dailies at 48 fps now for several months, and we often sit through two hours worth of footage without getting any eye strain from the 3-D. It looks great, and we’ve actually become used to it now, to the point that other film experiences look a little primitive. I saw a new movie in the cinema on Sunday and I kept getting distracted by the juddery panning and blurring. We’re getting spoilt!

Click here to read the rest of Jackson’s post. In other news, Gollum actor Andy Serkis will serve as Jackson’s second unit director on the two-film project: Continue reading Peter Jackson will shoot The Hobbit in 48 FPS + Andy Serkis to direct second unit + Casting news

Bret McKenzie joins cast of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit

Bret McKenzie (“Flight of the Conchords”) has been cast in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, Heat Vision | THR is reporting. He’ll play an elf in the two-part project which began filming in New Zealand last month.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again (rumored title) is expected to hit conventional and […]

Filming begins on The Hobbit + New set images and synopsis + Extended Edition Blu-ray gets release date

Production on the Peter Jackson-directed two-part adaptation of The Hobbit has begun. WB/New Line/MGM have also launched an official blog and have released two images featuring Peter Jackson on the set of the film [via Peter Jackson | Facebook]:

A new synopsis has also been released. Check it out after the jump, along with details on the release date of “The Lord of the Rings: Trilogy” Extended Edition on Blu-ray.

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TrekMovie.com Sci-Fi Movies: Superman, Captain America, The Hobbit, The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Wolverine, Robocop + more

Cross-posted at TrekMovie.com

In this week’s Sci-Fi Movies column Superman gets a daddy and reveals more details, The Hobbit starts filming, Robocop and Daredevil pick up a directors while Wolverine loses one, and more details including Captain America synopsis and image.

Summary of Column Contents

  • Confirmed: Kevin Costner is Jonathan Kent in Zack Snyder’s Superman
  • Filming begins on The Hobbit + New set images
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt cast in “The Dark Knight Rises”, but role unconfirmed
  • Official synopsis for Captain America: The First Avenger + New photo and clip
  • Hunger Games author comments on casting of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss
  • David Slade to direct new Daredevil movie
  • Martin Sheen praises The Amazing Spider-Man’s Andrew Garfield + Lizard confirmed
  • MGM changes Red Dawn remake villains from the Chinese to the North Koreans
  • New synopsis for Joss Whedon’s The Avengers
  • Darren Aronofksy pulls out of The Wolverine
  • Jose Padilha closes deal to direct Robocop
  • Star Trek’s Chris Pine in contention for Akira
  • Paramount ends quest to develop new Dune movie.
  • New “Director’s Cut” of Albert Pyun’s Captain America on the way
  • World War Z in danger

All that and more plus the latest casting bites, images and videos.

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The Hobbit titles revealed?

TORn reports that New Line has recently registered two film titles, which may be the titles of the upcoming two-part project. The titles are:

The Hobbit: There and Back Again and The Hobbit: An/The Unexpected Journey.

No confirmation from Warner Brothers/New Line/MGM, but the titles certainly seem plausible. Whatever the films end […]

The Hobbit begins production on March 21

Production on the two-part The Hobbit, directed by Peter Jackson, will begin on March 21, 2011 [via TORn]:

This date has been chosen following practical considerations of the filming schedule requirements, actor availability and the NZ seasons. Shooting will take place at Stone Street Studios in Miramar and on location around New Zealand.

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Christopher Lee will return for The Hobbit

According to Sir Christopher Lee’s official website, the actor is expected to reprise his role as the wizard Saruman in The Hobbit, provided he’s in good health:

Sir. Christopher Lee had been in talks to reprise his role as the wizard Saruman and it now looks certain, providing that he is in good […]

Andy Serkis and Ian McKellen confirmed for The Hobbit

Andy Serkis and Ian McKellen will reprise their roles as Gollum and Gandalf, respectively, in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, Inside Movies | EW has confirmed:

Both actors had long been assumed by fans to be on board the production, though the unexplained delay in their official casting created some doubts. Both characters are […]

Elijah Wood confirmed for The Hobbit

Deadline’s scoop that Elijah Wood would be reprising his role as Frodo in the two-part Hobbit movies has been confirmed via the actor’s reps who have issued a statement confirming the casting.

TORn meanwhile reports on how Wood will appear in the films [SPOILERS]:

As readers of “The Hobbit” know, the tale of […]

Peter Jackson to shoot The Hobbit in 3D with RED camera

“I have always liked the look of Red footage.” Peter Jackson said, “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.”

The full press release follows after the jump.

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James Nesbitt and Adam Brown join the cast of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit

New Line, Warner Brothers and MGM have announced that James Nesbitt and Adam Brown have joined the cast of Peter Jackson’s two-part The Hobbit. Nesbitt will play Bofur, “a disarmingly forthright, funny and occasionally brave Dwarf,” while Brown will play Ori, “another of the Dwarf Company which sets out to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the infamous dragon, Smaug”.

The Hobbit: Part I is rumored for release on December 19, 2012, with Part II to release the following December.

The full press release follows after the jump.

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The Hobbit will film in New Zealand

Good news. Peter Jackson will stay in New Zealand to shoot the two-part The Hobbit. The announcement was made last night in New Zealand by Prime Minister John Key [Via Deadline:]

Producer/director Peter Jackson is celebrating. Warner Bros executives were locked in negotiations all day with New Zealand government leaders. Then Prime Minister […]