It's always a welcome surprise to wake up to a brand new production diary from the set of "The Hobbit." Peter Jackson and his team have really made these video blogs something to look forward to, and the latest continues the tradition of amping up anticipation for the two-part fantasy prequel.
The fourth production diary focuses on what is arguably the biggest difference between "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" films, the way it's being filmed. In the ten minute video, Jackson takes viewers through the technology being used to travel back to Middle Earth.
Not only is Jackson filming "The Hobbit" in 3D, but he's filming it at 48 frames per second. When the news originally broke, the frame rate made headlines because it was double that of a standard film. In this production diary, Jackson takes some time to explain how 3D has factored into production—including a funny aside about artists Alan Lee and John Howe sketching in three dimensions—and how the process actually works.
Though we can't see for ourselves what 3D at 48 frames per second looks like, the video provides commentary from people around the set, namely a fully-costumed Elijah Wood, who is returning as Frodo.
Among other glimpses of some new scenes, Mirkwood Forest factors heavily into the conversation about the RED cameras used for the film. We get our first good look at one of the more famous sequences from the book, including a funny little bit of the dwarves wrapped up in spider webs.
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