If you ever had doubts about 'The Hobbit' being shot in 3D, Peter Jackson is here to calm your fears. In a new video posted on the director's Facebook page, he takes viewers on a guided tour of the film's New Zealand set. Funny enough, Jackson starts the clip by saying "it's not that difficult to shoot in 3D," followed by the film's crew showing how difficult it actually is to shoot in 3D. While the camera they are using, the RED Epic, is able to give them the ability to maneuver in tough spaces, the image it has been producing has made things a little complicated.
Apparently, the camera tends to "eat color," which means they've had to add a whole lot of it to the set and to the actors. The video shows super-saturated props along with red makeup being caked on the faces of cast-members (without a lot of red, the camera would end up adding more yellow to the picture).

However, it's not all bad news: as Jackson explains, the film is being shot at 48 frames per second, which is twice the normal rate a movie is shot. Since the human eye sees at 60 frames per second, the picture will look much closer to the real world.

In addition to the 3D mumbo jumbo, some of the footage features the actual film being made. Most of it is dwarves running through the forest, however there is a brief glimpses of Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) and Bilbo (Martin Freeman). There is even a Frodo (Elijah Wood) cameo!

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' will hit theaters on Dec. 14, 2012.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
PG-13 2012
Based on 40 critics

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