You have to give Peter Jackson credit for keeping fans up to date
on his upcoming big-screen version of "The Hobbit."
Jackson posted his most recent production video -- his fourth -- from the
film on his Facebook page Friday, to shed some light on the 3-D process that
he's using for the film. In the process, he delivered a glimpse of Elijah Wood in character as Frodo Baggins.
"Shooting 'The Hobbit' in 3-D is a dream come true," Jackson begins. "If I
had the ability to shoot 'Lord of the Rings' in 3-D, I certainly would have done
The filmmaker continues, "Now, the reality is that it's not that difficult to
shoot in 3-D. I love it when a film draws you in and you become part of the
experience, and 3-D helps immerse you in the film."
Jackson and his crew then launch into a tech-heavy discussion on the
adjustments and difficulties involved in filming "The Hobbit" in 3-D. Amid the
talk of interocular dynamics and positive negative space, Jackson notes that the
movie employs 48 high-tech RED Epic cameras -- and Jackson has named them.
(Family members, pets and the individual Beatles appear to be favored namesakes
for the devices.)
Also discussed: The challenges involved in shooting "The Hobbit" at 48 frames
per second, which is twice the normal film speed and presents its own unique
It's all heady stuff, but the video contains a more immediate thrill, in
the form of Elijah Wood, reprising the role of Frodo Baggins from "Lord of the