Not only will Peter Jackson be directing The Hobbit, he is shooting it in 3D and will be using 30 new cameras from Red, called Epic.
The Red Digital Cinema Camera Company produced the first digital camera to have capture quality equal to 35mm cameras, the Red One. It makes shooting much cheaper (no film development costs) and with the new Epic Digital Cameras, are even smaller and lighter than their predecessor.
Jackson says of the quality of Red cameras:
“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.”
For fans of 3D, hearing that Jackson will actually be shooting the film in 3D is a good thing. The process of converting 2D produced films into 3D is notoriously bad.
It’s crazy to see a camera only slightly bigger than your consumer brand camcorders be used for a big budget feature film.