Guest Blogger Aggila: There and back again.

Like I mentioned in my previous post, here’s Aggilas first blogpost about the upcoming The Hobbit series:

Next Christmas we get to enjoy another Peter Jackson production, namely “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”. Unless you’re like me and watch The Lord of The Rings-Trilogy once every two years, it may have been a while since you’ve last seen Middle Earth. For those of you who’ve actually read The Hobbit – yes, there’s a book – , you will already know that this is in fact a prequel to the original LOTR-Trilogy.

You know that book Bilbo wrote in the movies? “There and Back Again, a hobbit’s tale”? Well, in this movie we get to see this curious hobbit’s adventures. He journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves to reclaim a stolen treasure. We will once again witness the city of elves, Rivendell where Lord Elrond will most likely reveal more secrets to the quest. Giant spiders and wargs will cross our heroes’ path. And of course Gollum and their, uhm… his ‘precious’ ring will do anything to stop them.

During production Peter Jackson took the time to film most of the filming process. Every month he posted a videoblog on the facebook page of The Hobbit. There are eight behind-the-scenes videos out right now. It’s definitely worth checking out these vlogs. They shows some really cool stuff – without spoiling anything of course (graphic designs and such are blurred out).

First vlog:

At first this was going to be a two movie project. About a month ago, director Peter Jackson and his team decided to make not one, not two, but three movies. I’m not surprised by this. You see, normally, when a director sits down at the end of the day to take a look at all the footage he shot that day, he has to watch about 20-30 minutes of video. In the case of The Hobbit, the production team had to sit through three to four hours of footage, every day! And this for over 260 days of shooting. Do the math…

All these movies are shot in 3D in a resolution called “5K”. This is about four times the resolution your full-HD tv can take. And that’s not all. They’re shooting these movies at 48 frames per second. That’s twice the 24 fps we see in any other movie. Problem with this kind of high quality stuff is that it looks surreal if you’re not used to it. After a couple of screen-tests, most people  disliked this new high-end way of filmmaking, “It doesn’t feel natural”. So this week, another big decision was made: the 48 frames version will be shown in very select theaters. Not even all the major cities will have a 48 frames version available. So most of us will see this new trilogy in the normal 24 fps. An unexpected journey indeed, even for the makers…
Nevertheless I’d like to get my hands on a 48 fps version. This has only been done for one other movie, The Social Network. And they also decided to give the world a 24 fps version. I guess we’re not ready for it?
Oh, and before I forget, fans of 3D-movies will be pleased to hear that the movies are actually shot in 3D. Meaning there’s no shitty 3D-conversion later on. Are you excited for this?