‘The Hobbit': Peter Jackson Reveals New Technological Achievements, Elijah Woods Returns To Middle-Earth

Peter Jackson is heading back to the world of J.R.R. Tolkien with some very familiar faces joining him for “The Hobbit,” but if the director executes his vision properly, the landscape of Middle-Earth could look quite different.

The director provided a lengthy update on the technical side of “The Hobbit” on his official Facebook page, confirming what many had previously reported: he’s shooting his two-part “Lord of the Rings” prequel at 48 frames per second, as opposed to the traditional method of shooting at 24 FPS.

Jackson breaks down what this change means for the casual film fan by saying: “We’ve been watching ’Hobbit’ tests and dailies at 48 fps now for several months, and we often sit through two hours worth of footage without getting any eye strain from the 3-D. It looks great, and we’ve actually become used to it now, to the point that other film experiences look a little primitive.”

We already expected “The Hobbit” to wow us on the visual side of things, and now we’re even more intrigued by the cinematic possibilities of Jackson’s latest. But it’s not just the technical side of “The Hobbit” that caught our eye in this update — Jackson also included a photograph of himself standing beside an array of monitors that seem to depict the first appearance of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins. It’s hard to make out, but this certainly looks like the beginnings of Bilbo’s momentous encounter with Gollum — a scene we already know has been shot.

Speaking of Baggins, we’ve got a “Hobbit” update from another Hobbit you might be familiar with. Elijah Woods, who starred as Frodo in the original “LOTR” trilogy, spoke with Coming Soon about his involvement in the prequel, scenes he won’t shoot until “December or November” of this year.

“I’ve seen a lot of the design work. I mean, it’s extraordinary,” he enthused. “And I’m excited to read the script. I’m very excited to see what they’ve done with “The Hobbit.” They’ve stretched it out over the course of two films – I’m so curious as to what other elements they’ve woven in, because there are certainly additional works that refer to that same time period that they could weave into it. So I’m just very excited to sort of see what the ultimate vision is.”

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