The journey towards Smaug and the Lonely Mountain inches ever nearer. As casting on The Hobbit continues to firm up, director Peter Jackson is hard at work on the behind-the-scenes aspects of the production. His latest move is sure to get people talking — confirming what many were already suspecting, it’s now official that Jackson’s Hobbit will be coming at viewers in 3D.
The news comes by way of an official press release from Jim Jannard, owner and founder of Red Digital Cinema. Jannard says that Jackson will shoot The Hobbit with at least thirty of Red’s soon-to-be-released EPIC Digital Cameras, which will be used to shoot the film in 3D from the ground up. In other words, no sloppy post-conversion ala Clash of the Titans, which is certainly something worth celebrating.
“I have always liked the look of Red footage,” Jackson said of his camera selection. “I’m not a scientist or mathematician, but the image Red produces has a much more filmic feel than most of the other digital formats. I find the picture quality appealing and attractive, and with the Epic, Jim and his team have gone even further. It is a fantastic tool, the Epic not only has cutting edge technology, incredible resolution and visual quality, but it is also a very practical tool for film makers. Many competing digital systems require the cameras to be tethered to large cumbersome VTR machines. The Epic gives us back the ability to be totally cable free, even when working in stereo.”