Cutting edge Shire - The Hobbit goes digital with RED, plus other updates

After years caught in the bogs, THE HOBBIT is finally preparing to travel there and back again -- all the way to the 21st century in crisp hi-def 3D digital, thanks to RED's appropriately titled EPIC camera.

Director Peter Jackson says why he digs it for the triple-dimension journey: "I have always liked the look of Red footage. 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."

For the technically inclined, the EPIC "has 5K resolution, can shoot up to 120 frames per second and has a new HDRx™ mode for the highest dynamic range of any digital cinema camera ever made."

Meanwhile, Sir Ian McKellan sort of confirms yet again that he'll be back as Gandalf, probably maybe definitely.

The two movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved book (and additional material) will start filming in New Zealand early next year for release in December 2012 and 2013. Total Film got a glimpse at the Baggins homestead under construction:

Extra Tidbit: Jackson will use "at least" 30 of the EPIC camera rigs. And countless hard drives.
Source: RED



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