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Ian McKellen describes Martin Freeman's Hobbit costume test (in 3D!)

Mar. 9, 2011by: George Merchan
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Every teensy piece of HOBBIT news that comes down the pike that isn't about some Sauron-level calamity threatening to shut down Peter Jackson's return to Middle Earth... just makes me smile.

The latest tidbit from the Shire comes courtesy of Gandalf himsef, Sir Ian McKellen. On his website, the actor posted a very eloquently written description of co-star Martin Freeman during his costume test in front of PJ's new fangled 3D digital cameras. Nothing groundbreaking, but it's just exciting to me to know this is finally gearing up fo' realz. Here's the avuncular wizard:

"I've seen Bilbo in three dimensions.

I was visiting old friends in the Stone Street offices and heard Martin Freeman was just round the corner by the permanent greenscreen, done up as Bilbo, testing his costume in front of the 3D cameras. Indeed, there he was in the open air, mostly oblivious to the camera, though turning this way and that as required. Martin improvised a hobbity gait, padding back and forth, testing his big hairy Hobbit feet, pointy ears and little tum.

Beneath the shade of a tent, in a sun hat, Andrew Lesnie was remotely controlling the two lenses within the mighty camera which digitally records in 3D. His screen showed the familiar 2D image but next to it, above the directors chair, was a large colour screen in full magical three dimensions, much as it will appear in the cinema courtesy of the spy-glasses that transform the blurred outlines onscreen to the high definition exactitude of the 3D effect.

Three Bilbos simultaneously, two performances on screen and the actor beyond: which was the real one? Martin Freeman was transmuting into a character whose reality will soon be as authentic as his own."

Extra Tidbit: God, somebody please design Gandalf a more up-to-date site!
Source: McKellen.com

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4:28PM on 03/09/2011
3D Blows. But im really looking forward to this movie.
3D Blows. But im really looking forward to this movie.
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3:30PM on 03/09/2011
yeah, his site looks like it was designed in 1999
yeah, his site looks like it was designed in 1999
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12:05PM on 03/09/2011
This is one I'll end up seeing both ways. But 2D first. I have a feeling that PJ can utilize it just as well as Cameron did. Bring this thing on!!!
This is one I'll end up seeing both ways. But 2D first. I have a feeling that PJ can utilize it just as well as Cameron did. Bring this thing on!!!
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8:13AM on 03/09/2011
Hate that this is being shot in 3d, I pray to the mighty powers be, that it won't be gimmicky!!! ..and yeah, I'll be seing this in 2d!
Hate that this is being shot in 3d, I pray to the mighty powers be, that it won't be gimmicky!!! ..and yeah, I'll be seing this in 2d!
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8:10AM on 03/09/2011
About bloody time
About bloody time
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7:10AM on 03/09/2011

I'll be seeing the 2-D version...

...as I have with every 3-D movie that's come out in the last 3 years.

NOT Interested in this gimmick!
...as I have with every 3-D movie that's come out in the last 3 years.

NOT Interested in this gimmick!
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8:03AM on 03/09/2011
I am with you that 3D is a gimmick, but I am all up for watching a film in 3D when a) the director actually knows how to use the tech (a-la PJ or Jim Cameron), and b)when it's made FOR 3D.. Upconversions are just shit!
I am with you that 3D is a gimmick, but I am all up for watching a film in 3D when a) the director actually knows how to use the tech (a-la PJ or Jim Cameron), and b)when it's made FOR 3D.. Upconversions are just shit!
3:29PM on 03/09/2011
...if they'll even have a 2D version available.
...if they'll even have a 2D version available.
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