THE HOBBIT NEWSRSS Feed

Jackson Shooting 'The Hobbit' in 3D with 30 RED EPIC Cameras

by
November 29, 2010
Source: Engadget

Peter Jackson - Red Camera

Hobbits on Red Epics. It was announced over the weekend (via Engadget) that Peter Jackson will shoot the two-part adaptation of The Hobbit in 3D next year using state-of-the-art RED EPIC cameras which have an "epic" 5K resolution. The RED EPIC was announced this year and 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. Remember, Jackson and his cast/crew will be shooting for around 380 days next year, so they really need the best equipment, and they'll be working with "at least thirty cameras." This is going to look amazing!

The Hobbit will be amongst the first productions in the world to use the EPIC. The camera's small size and relatively low weight makes it perfect for 3D, where two cameras have to be mounted on each 3D rig. RED cameras are modular and can be customized any way they want. The photo above is of Jackson holding one of the RED EPIC cameras they'll be shooting with. Jackson has a long history (relatively, since they started in 2006) with RED, dating back to when he directed a short film called Crossing the Line (watch a trailer) as an early test of prototype RED cameras. "I have always liked the look of Red footage." Jackson continues:

"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."

Impressive. There's always been a lot of debate about RED and digital camera systems in Hollywood. Every different cinematographer I've spoke to has his/her own opinion on if the cameras are good or not or what the drawbacks are. Seeing Jackson choose RED almost exclusively for an extremely high profile project like The Hobbit will only give them more credibility and I'm sure we'll start to see these cameras used more and more. I've got no problem with RED cameras, I think used properly they're just as good as film, and I'm sure the set design and lighting on The Hobbit will be incredible enough that this will still look phenomenal no matter what. Shooting starts next year on both parts of The Hobbit, so we'll continue to keep you updated!

Find more posts in 3D, Hobbit, Movie News, Opinions

Discover more on ZergNet:

  • green_gizmo
    Yay, this is going to rock!
  • filmfan111
    I just hope I can watch the 2d version . 3D sucks.
  • LW
    Alright... I'm ready to watch some super wrinkly hobbits with very visible skin pores! ^^
  • http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/2408/blackbabyjesus.gif Crapola
    Either way, I just want to watch it. Get the product plugs in if you need to Mr Jackson, but get on with the fecking filming.
  • Alex T.
    There's 380 days in a year? Holy Shit when did they change that?
  • http://www.firstshowing.net Alex Billington
    #5 That reference was to the 383 day shooting schedule Sir Ian McKellen first mentioned last year: http://www.firstshowing.net/2009/11/29/filming-on-the-hobbit-delayed-but-still-no-studio-greenlight/
  • SapphireD910
    Sounds like the cameras could be great to the production of this film. They sound like the ease up things by being compact and lightweight. I'd like to look into them more. I think Peter Jackson knows what he wants and what works best for him. On the other hand, not feeling The Hobbit as a 3D film. I imagine a lot of forced action aimed at the camera to bring out the effects or the 3D not being that involved to explain the extra cost.
  • Jimmy Love
    I'm not a fan of 3D at all, the 3D TV's and the glasses for them are actually kind of impressive except the price tag that comes with them, the TV's are bad enough but 2-300$ per set of glasses is insane, I feel sorry for any large families, they'd have to take turns watching the movie! get a loan to watch 3D lol. But I'm really looking forward to this movie! its a long wait but should well be worth it.
  • Chris W
    Well... I guess you could say... *takes off sunglasses* this movie will be EPIC! YEEAAAAAHHH!
  • moif
    It'll all end in tears...
  • DiR3cT
    Well my respect for him has dropped to practically nothing.
  • Josh H.
    Want a great "filmic" feel? How about (gasp) just using film? 5K is a joke compared to what film gives you.
    • Nocsyn
      so many ppl go on how digital is easier and saves time...its all bullshit. film still has better latitude and for now is still the better choice.
  • crumb
    you haters are nuts. RED EPIC is the shit and I can't wait for this.
  • ryderup
    Should have been shot on 35mm.
  • ryderup
    And hopefully he would be smart enough not to digital grade it to shit like TTT and ROTK. FOTR looks the best out of the three LOTR-films and that was the only one not going fully digital.
  • JC
    After following your links I see that you have of course made a mistake. He did not say they would shoot for 383 days in a year. It was you who wrote that and then cited Ian but it was actually you. "McKellen said they're supposed to shoot for 383 days, but that is for two complete films (and the second one isn't supposed to hit until 2012 anyway)." "'We're going to film for 383 days.' " There is no mention of ... in a year. He wouldn't say that anyway, as it's just ridiculous.
  • Hattori Hanzo
    Long as it is shown in true cinema I'll be fine. Let the children have their 3-D because God knows, their attention span is short enough as it is.
  • polmantor
    @12 @14 RED EPIC - 5K (5120 × 2700) Fusion 3D Camera System (Avatar) - 2K (2048 × 1080) 6,25 times bigger resolution... Imax Digital - 2K Best digital cinemas - 4K. 5K is more than enough! @Josh H. 35mm is similar to 3-4K and 70mm (IMAX) has 6120 × 4500 discernible pixels (12000 × 8700 theoretically) http://www.tristanpipo.com/2005/03/18/last-update-was-sunday/ but I agree about "filmic" feel...
  • harrison
    while i disagree with the majority of movies going 3d just to go 3d as a gimmick, the hobbit would be an amazing 3d experience, if done right the audience can feel like their actually in middle earth im all for it
  • A5J4DX
    cool
  • Esee
    Peter Jackson is not making decisions without understanding. You don't have to worry about 2d or 3d. The movie will be made in both formats and should satisfy even the most prolific movie goer. It's all about making a product that fits as many niches as possible. Red makes a superior product that's efficient and cost effective. Stop worrying so much and watch the movie.

FEATURED POSTS

GET MORE NEWS

Subscribe to our feed or daily newsletter:
Follow Alex's main profile on twitter:
For the news posts only, follow this acct:
Add our feed to your Feedly: follow us in feedly
Subscribe to me on YouTube for interviews 

POPULAR COMMENTS

NEWEST PODCAST

FACEBOOK + LINKS