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Peter Jackson defends 'The Hobbit' 48fps

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Peter Jackson has defended his decision to shoot The Hobbit at a rate of 48 frames per second.

A preview of the two-part JRR Tolkien adaptation drew a mixed response at CinemaCon earlier this week.

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

© Warner Bros.

Sir Ian McKellan as Gandalf  in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

© Warner Bros.



Jackson has claimed that shooting the two Hobbit films at 48 frames per second, rather than the traditional 24, creates a more lifelike picture and will make 3D less of a strain on the eyes.

"Nobody is going to stop. This technology is going to keep evolving. At first it's unusual because you've never seen a movie like this before," Jackson told EW.

"It's literally a new experience, but you know, that doesn't last the entire experience of the film; not by any stretch, after 10 minutes or so. That's a different experience than if you see a fast-cutting montage at a technical presentation.



"There can only ever be a real reaction, a truthful reaction, when people actually have a chance to see a complete narrative on a particular film. A couple of the more negative commenters from CinemaCon said that in the Gollum and Bilbo scene they didn't mind it and got used to that.

"That was the same 48 frames the rest of the reel was. I just wonder if it they were getting into the dialogue, the characters and the story. That's what happens in the movie. You settle into it."

The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey will be available in six different ways - 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D, each in the traditional 24-frames style and the new 48-frames version. It is scheduled to hit cinemas in December this year, while the second part will be released in December 2013.

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