Peter Jackson’s Cinema-Con preview of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” was jarring. Jackson shot the movie in 3D and at 48 frames per second, or twice as fast as movies have been shown since the 1920s. The director is adamant that 48 fps was the right move, but displayed it to San Diego Comic-Con fans at the typical 24 fps in 2D. Those in attendance raved about it.
On his Facebook page, Jackson expressed a desire to focus on the movie itself at Comic-Con, and not the frame rate. Thus his decision to air the Comic-Con trailer in a different manner. I’m a huge fan of Jackson’s work with The Lord of the Rings property. Still, you can’t film your movie in such a unique fashion and not expect that to be a large part of the story.
Jackson expects multiple films to go to 48 fps by this time in 2013. If The Hobbit smashes box office records, he’ll likely be right. We’ll see on December 14 when “The Hobbit” hits the big screen. The second Hobbit movie, “There and Back Again,” is coming in December 2013.