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Peter Jackson unveils “The Hobbit” set footage, explains 3D use in new video blog

Peter Jackson unveils “The Hobbit” set footage, explains 3D use in new video blog (photo)

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It didn’t come as too big of a shock that Peter Jackson decided to film both parts of his “The Hobbit” adaptation in 3D. In fact, as he reinforces in his latest video blog from the set, he would have done the same thing with the “Lord of the Rings” films had the technology been available at the time. In addition to filming at 48 frames per second, Jackson and his crew are using the latest technologies to shoot the movie in 3D. And, like he’s done with many aspects of the filming process, Jackson has decided to share his adventures in three dimensions with his fans in a new video blog.

The blog features a lot of technical explanations for Jackson’s reasoning behind his creative decision. For instance, he made sure that the feel of the 3D camera shooting the movie was the same as when he shot in 2D for “The Lord of the Rings” because he didn’t want the series as a whole to feel disjointed.

“It was very important for ‘The Hobbit’ that we feel like the same filmmakers have gone back into Middle earth to tell a new story,” he said.

He also had to alter much of the way he used colors and patterns in the film because of the way filming at 48 frames per second alters how they look on screen. So Mirkwood Forest looks a lot more “psychedelic” in real life than it does on film, and the costume designers had to switch out some of the patterns they had planned on using for clothing because it would look terrible on the big screen. Similarly, wigs had to be made using real hair because the clarity of the 48 fps image would make it obvious that any other wigs are fake.

The vlog is a nice chance to see some familiar faces on set. Elijah Wood comically makes a comment that 3D makes “you almost feel like you’re in it” (surprise, Elijah, you are in the movie!). Seeing Ian McKellan in full Gandalf get-up wearing 3D glasses also earns a chuckle. But fans who wanted to see more of Martin Freeman and the dwarves in action will be happy with this video. Also, the shot of Bilbo and the gang after they are captured by the Giant Spiders in Mirkwood is pretty darn cool.

Jackson ends the vlog entry with the news that “The Hobbit’s” time on a studio set will soon be coming to a close. Production is going to be headed on location in New Zealand soon for the next few months. We definitely can’t wait to see Jackson and his crew filming more Tolkein in and around New Zealand.

“The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey” hits theaters on December 14, 2012.

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

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Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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