Last night, Glenn attended a press screening of the new movie from Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, “The Hobbit”. Much of the buzz around the film has focused on a new film filming technique where the film actually has a higher frame rate. Some have panned the move for giving the film a hyper-realistic feel and claiming it looks like a daytime soap opera, but others have claimed its an innovative new technology that totally changes film. What did Glenn think?
“I was really concerned when they were going to do the high frame rate because that wrecks this movies. However, this is a partnership with Red cameras, and Red makes all of the best cameras now for movies,” Glenn said.
Glenn explained that he is currently trying to use new cameras in technology to have television with a lower frame rate in order to make it look more like a movie, and jokingly said Peter Jackson was trying to do the opposite by making movie frame rates more like television.
“I’m currently trying to get a slower frame rate for television which you can’t do. I’m trying to pioneer some technology to make television look like movies. And here comes Peter Jackson trying to make movies look like TV.”
“They have reinvented 3D. This 3D looks unlike anything I have ever seen. It is crystal clear, and the guys jump out at you. And the backgrounds are crystal clear. There’s no fuzziness to them at all. And it’s magic,” he said. “I think it’s a total reinvention of 3D. It is spectacular.”
But beyond just the technology behind the movie, Glenn was interested in the film because he was a huge fan of The Hobbit books. Thankfully, he thought the film lived up to the standards set by the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
“Really good. Really, really good. As good as ‘Lord of the Rings’. Peter Jackson is phenomenal,” Glenn said.
Glenn did warn that parents of young kids shouldn’t bring their children to the movie as there are some pretty terrifying and violent parts with orcs and other monsters. But otherwise he thought the film was great and even surpassed the book.
“You remember when you used to say that the movie is not as good as the book? I don’t think you say with Peter Jackson movies,” Glenn said.