Dec 14, 2013

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Video Featurette

A look at how 3D filming was used to make The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug a “bigger” movie, courtesy of RealD.

  1. I watched it in 3D and it was AMAZING! WELL DONE SIR PETER JACKSON!!!!!!! You made my year :D

    • It made my year as well, I cannot wait another year for the next part…but the ‘DOS’ DVD I do believe will hold me of…maybe… ;)

  2. Dear Peter,

    I watched The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug twice since Dec. 13. I saw the hfr version first. The movie started and all of a sudden I was in the Middle Earth (NZ:-)) in all its very real, and somehow “shiny” glory. I had to make a conscious decision to let go of the reality of sitting in a movie theater. I eventually did because the characters were so likeable and the acting was so great. However the transition was a bit rough for me because I felt like I was behind the actual camera, shooting the actors and the weird creatures of the Middle Earth making a movie…

    Then I went to the normal 3D 24framespersecond version. When the camera moved fast or the creatures moved fast the hfr resolution was no longer there. I was hooked on the hfr technology!

    I am not a wiz about any of all this, and maybe it’s the then state of my eyes but the hfr version was tough on my eyesight; not during, but when the movie ended I felt tired all of a sudden. Could better 3D viewing glasses be developed for watching hfr movies? I never get this tired watching the real world around me, so why should it be tedious watching Middle Earth?

    Thanks for a wonderful presentation!

    • Dopey dwarf says:

      I remember all of us stepping out of Pirates of the Caribbean 4 with an immense headache due to the artificial 3D effects. I never had that after AUJ. But perhaps the strain you mention is from the 3D, made heavier on the eyes by the much higher definition?

      • That is exactly right. Somehow the pain wasn’t there in the 24 fps 3D version. For proper experimentation I will see the hfr 3D version again tomorrow (one can never see enough of The Hobbit :) )and report. In my previous post I forgot to mention that I got to see the beautiful movie in 3D both times.:)

      • In today’s experiment of watching the HFR version of the 3D, there was no pain and less strain than the first time. What I call strain causes one to rub one’s eyes a bit after the movie. One feels as if the eyes need to come down from the speed required to watch 48 frames per second conversion to 3D to the normal daily life speed. The guy sitting next to me also rubbed his eyes but I didn’t check the whole audience.

        HFR seems to allow the audience to visualize action scenes, motions that occur at supernatural speed as it would when Elves are in battle, when the barrels are carried by the fast currents and eddies in a river, etc. Living in cities at a somewhat moderate rate of daily action :) , it is normal to be surprised by having the speed and the resolution together. Athletes and people practicing martial arts get their senses coordinated with movements and vice versa. Today I did not experience the reality-fantasy dilemma and HFR did not seem so alien as it did the first time. :)

  3. Hello from France. I’ve read the Tolkiens book in the 80′s, like much other, and saturday noon i’ve take my 10 years old son in “cinema” to watch the second part of your masterpiece. What a shoot.
    Bravo à toute l’équipe.
    We watch some making of after, it’s like the movie, epic !!
    thanks.

  4. My friends and I can’t wait to see the movie. Peter Jackson rocked it with the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and I expect great things from this flick. I must admit that I am floored by the complexity of how they track all of the data. It is such a massive amount of digital material. It’s mind boggling. The post production work flow must be a monumental task.

  5. I have just came from the movie with my 8 and 10 year old girls. Most of the part my 8 year old was sitting with closed eyes; although I did the same, sometimes. I really liked it and as many fans can not wait until the release of the 3d one. I can say that my 2013 culminated with this wonderful and exciting movie. See you ‘The Hobbit’ in 2014. Very well done, thank you and Happy New Year!

  6. i’m glad you liked it. . thanks for reading!

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