Peter Jackson Defends 'Hobbit' Film Technology
Peter Jackson made a statement defending his approach to filming 'The Hobbit' after fans responded negatively to the trailer at CinemaCon.
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BY JOE DEUTSCHMANN
ANCHOR CHRISTIAN BRYANT
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Cinema titan Peter Jackson is defending new film technology after fans and critics responded negatively to the first HD reveal of his upcoming film ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ earlier this week.
Viewers of the film’s 10-minute preview at CinemaCon bashed Jackson for shooting the film at 48 frames per second, which is twice the normal shooting rate for film.
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But Jackson stands by his technique, saying people need to watch the entire film before they knock the frame rate. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he explains,
“‘This technology is going to keep evolving … There can only ever be a real reaction, a truthful reaction, when people actually have a chance to see a complete narrative on a particular film.’”
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Jackson says shooting at 48 frames per second gives viewers a more realistic experience at the theaters. But some people believe this technique could actually damage the moviegoing experience. A writer for Forbes explains,
“From his point of view, the technology is changing, and us plebs have just got to get used to it. He’s wrong … The magic of a movie lies in its separation from real life – try to bring it closer, and it just falls farther away.”
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A writer for First Showing says Jackson’s idea to give audiences a 10 minute tease might be the real reason for the negative reactions.
“...if he really wanted to have the audience get "into the dialogue, the characters and the story" and forget about the 48FPS, they should've shown closer to 30 minutes...rather than just 10 minutes. Haven't they been shooting for almost a year already? They should have enough to work with.”
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Still, some fans are ready to be wowed by Jackson again. A blogger for Indie Wire says,
“...the naysaying is reminiscent of the early days of James Cameron's "Avatar" that many thought was a risk that wouldn't pay off...you can bet the director and New Line are going to pull out all the stops to get the geeks and everyone else back on board, and excited to get back to Middle Earth.”
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The Huffington Post says ‘The Hobbit’ will be released in December in 3-D and 2-D. Despite these recent complaints, producers have already decided to show the film at both 24 and 48 frames per second.