RED Studios Hollywood announced that Peter Jackson's upcoming adaptation of The Hobbit will be shot using their new RED Epic cameras. With this announcement, Jackson furthers his relationship with RED, having previously shot the first-ever test film Crossing the Line with early prototype RED One cameras, and more recently, his last feature film The Lovely Bones, which was filmed entirely with newly upgraded RED cameras.
So what does this mean for you? If you're just a casual viewer, nothing besides the standard good time at the movies Jackson seems capable of consistently delivering. But for those of you with more of a taste for the technical side of moviemaking, the announcement is rather huge, considering the budget and scope of The Hobbit as well as some highly-touted features of the company's new camera.
Hit the jump for the full press release!
RED announces that Peter Jackson's two film adaptation of The Hobbit will be shot in 3D using RED DIGITAL CINEMA'S soon to be released EPIC Digital Cameras.
The successor to RED's industry changing RED ONE, the EPIC has 5K resolution, can shoot up to 120 frames per second and has a new HDRx™ mode for the highest dynamic range of any digital cinema camera ever made. Taking everything they had learned from building their first camera, RED designed the EPIC from scratch and have produced a smaller, lighter camera that is an order of magnitude more powerful.
The Hobbit will be amongst the first productions in the world to use the EPIC and at least thirty cameras will be required by the 3-D production. The EPIC'S small size and relatively low weight, makes it perfect for 3-D - where two cameras have to be mounted on each 3D rig.
Jackson has a long history with RED, dating back to when he directed the short film 'Crossing the Line' as a very early test of prototype RED ONE cameras. "I have always liked the look of Red footage." he says, "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."
Jim Jannard the owner and founder of RED flew to New Zealand earlier this year with members of his team so that Jackson could test the EPIC and assess its suitability. "Everybody at RED is incredibly proud that Peter has chosen the Epic" says Jannard, "The Hobbit is a major production, and could have chosen any camera system that they wanted. The fact that they went with us is extremely gratifying."
The Hobbit will start shooting in New Zealand early next year.