The second part to Peter Jackson’s trilogy of films that adapts the beautiful masterpiece of J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit will open this December worldwide. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the story of Bilbo Baggins (played by Martin Freeman) and his journey with Gandalf the Wizard (played by Ian McKellan) and the thirteen Dwarves led by Thorin Oakshield (played by Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim their lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Check out the article below to learn more about this upcoming sequel – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
“Some Changes on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
There’s no doubt in my mind that we’re heading towards movies being shot and projected at high frame rates,” predicted Peter Jackson in 2012 as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first big movie made at 48 frames per second, headed to theaters. A year later, though, with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug due Dec. 13, Hollywood’s interest in high frame rates, or HFR, remains unfocused at best.
For all of Jackson’s proselytizing, at most, 1,000 screens out of the 39,056 screens in the U.S. will be equipped to show his new movie in the eye-popping new process. And while other filmmakers are intrigued, none, so far, has followed Jackson’s example. Bryan Singer, who visited Wellington, New Zealand, for The Hobbit’s premiere, says he found the look of Jackson’s movie “really stunning.” But for X-Men: Days of Future Past, opening May 23, he stuck with 24 fps because, he says, “I had concerns about how certain sequences would look, and there is also a cost factor in rendering the visual effects.”
Since the 1920s, Hollywood movies have been made at 24 frames per second. A few visionaries — like effects ace Douglas Trumbull, who began developing a 60 fps process called Showscan during the late ’70s and continues to promote the concept of HFR — have tried to move the needle, but it wasn’t until Jackson began his Hobbit trilogy that 48 fps gained traction. Jackson argued that HFR images would have more clarity, reduce camera blur and be easier to watch, especially in 3D. With the support of Warner Bros. — whose New Line unit is producing the Hobbit movies with MGM — Jackson forecasted in April 2011 that the first movie would open on about 10,000 screens in HFR.
The reality proved to be more modest. Theaters need a 48 fps-supported digital cinema projector and a 48 fps-supported “media block,” which can cost about $10,000. Seeing Smaug in HFR 3D costs moviegoers the same as a regular 3D ticket, so theater owners don’t necessarily get a financial bump from luring audiences to HFR over non-HFR 3D. But since the public’s appetite for 3D has been declining — 49 percent of the opening weekend audience for the first Hobbit bought 3D tickets (for a mix of HFR and regular 3D) — HFR is seen as a possible new lure as the novelty of 3D wanes. The first movie appeared on about 600 HFR screens domestically and another 1,000 internationally, reports Warners.”
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug also stars: Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch. It will be released on December 13th 2013.
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