Peter Jackson is seeing Red; shooting THE HOBBIT in 3D with Red Epic cameras

Kristal Bailey

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November 30th, 2010

Over the holiday weekend, Engadget announced that Peter Jackson will be shooting the two-part adaptation of THE HOBBIT in 3D using the new Red Epic cameras. Red cameras have been getting a lot of press lately due to their cheaper price and high resolution. A noted film that successfully used Red cameras to keep budgets low was DISTRICT 9, which was produced by Jackson.

For more on what the Red Epic is capable of, keep reading after the break.

The Red Epic can shoot up to 120 frames per second and has a new HDRx mode for the highest dynamic range of any digital camera ever made. This film is going to look amazing!

THE HOBBIT will be one of the first productions to use the Epic camera, and its light weight and small size make it an easy fit for the 3D production. Jackson has been a supporter of Red cameras since 2006, having said that he always liked the look of the Red footage. He also said:

"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."

As you can tell, he's a big fan of the improvements in technology. However, Hollywood is still divided on Red versus other digital formats versus traditional film. After watching DISTRICT 9, I was blown away with the image quality, especially on Blu-Ray and in theaters. Surely, with this big production backing them, Red Epics will become more widely used.

Peter Jackson will start filming both parts of THE HOBBIT in New Zealand next year.

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