Sir Ian McKellen Blogs About 'The Hobbit' & Seeing Bilbo Test in 3D
Who else out there could say that one of the many reasons they're excited for The Hobbit is because we get to see the great Sir Ian McKellen back in one his greatest roles ever - Gandalf! If you didn't already hear, the actor has been blogging (believe it!) on his own official website about preparing to shoot The Hobbit. I've bookmarked the site and hit it every day as that's where I think we'll get the best reports from Middle Earth once Peter Jackson starts shooting. As a taste of the brilliance we'll be hearing from this wonderful man, he posted a blog entry called "Bilbo in 3D" that you've just got to read. I already can't wait for The Hobbit!
Here's his post where he talks about Martin Freeman as Bilbo, who we saw that photo of a few weeks ago.
"I've seen Bilbo — in three dimensions.
I was visiting old friends in the Stone Street offices and heard Martin Freeman was just round the corner by the permanent greenscreen, done up as Bilbo, testing his costume in front of the 3D cameras. Indeed, there he was in the open air, mostly oblivious to the camera, though turning this way and that as required. Martin improvised a hobbity gait, padding back and forth, testing his big hairy Hobbit feet, pointy ears and little tum.
Beneath the shade of a tent, in a sun hat, [The Hobbit cinematographer] Andrew Lesnie was remotely controlling the two lenses within the mighty camera which digitally records in 3D. His screen showed the familiar 2D image but next to it, above the director's chair, was a large colour screen in full magical three dimensions, much as it will appear in the cinema — courtesy of the spy-glasses that transform the blurred outlines onscreen to the high definition exactitude of the 3D effect.
Three Bilbos simultaneously, two performances on screen and the actor beyond: which was the real one? Martin Freeman was transmuting into a character whose reality will soon be as authentic as his own.
If I can be a crazy fanboy for a moment here - hell yes this sounds so awesome! Seriously, reading stuff like this from Gandalf makes me so very happy again. Like Germain also says, "if that doesn’t get you excited, I don't know what will." Damn straight! Gotta love Sir Ian McKellen and seriously, even if you're not a fanboy (we all are), you've got to be excited knowing The Hobbit is coming soon and Gandalf will be back on the big screen again guiding the way. We'll definitely keep you guys updated as they inch towards that December 2012 release, but in the meantime, be sure to bookmark McKellen's website to get all of his blog posts.