Peter Jackson must have fallen in cheek-blushing, heart-pounding love on that World War I short/demo reel he did a couple years back, because he’s going to be shooting The Hobbit entirely on RED cameras--every Hobbit hoppin', dragon robbin' second of it.
Chud’s got the scoop that 30 units of the new, appropriately-titled EPIC model, will be employed on this Middle Earthen set. Their specs break down thusly…
- 5K resolution (which apparently could be higher than that of 35mm.)
- Variable frame-rates (including an aaabbbsssuuurrrddd slo-mo speed of 120 FPS.)
- Cable-free operation (allowing the crew to run around without being tied to any "digital village.")
It’s that last spec that’s likely the most important, as these cameras are going to be used in 15 tag-teams for some stereoscopic recording (that is, shooting for that coveted 3D projection.)
I’m sure this little-but-big tidbit's going to give you Screened Heads more to chew on than a whole stack of fish bones in Gollum's cave. Myself, I'm neither an over-eager techie nor a film purist Luddite. I’ve definitely seen plenty of flicks that I honestly couldn’t guess were shot on video. I’ve also seen just as many blockbusters that were supposedly shot on super-expensive, cutting-edge HD cams but had image quality that was so painfully bad, I almost would've preferred they'd used camera phones.I'll trust Jackson's instincts on this one.