Through the use of 48 RED Epic’s… Yes, I said 48! Peter Jackson is pushing the visual boundaries in the world of digital cinema by adding some 5K, 3D, 48fps flare to his highly-anticipated motion picture: The Hobbit. As part of Jackson’s fourth video blog, documenting the production process involved with the film, he details some of the RED Epic workflow elements and how the frame-rate change will be a welcomed surprise for film enthusiasts.
On the surface, all seems to be smooth-sailing, but in reality, The Hobbit production team was faced with issues rigging the RED Epics to capture 3D. Due to the size of the cine-lenses used, special rigs needed to be crafted with a series of mirrors in order to obtain the normal “interocular” distance of about 2-inches, an impossible value to obtain given the girth of the camera body and lens combo. Take a look at how Jackson was able to overcome this issue and how the film is coming together in the behind-the-scenes look below: