When Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson chose to shoot and produce “The Hobbit” in 48 frames per second digital video instead of film, he created a lot of buzz in the video production community. We may be wonks but we have a pretty good idea what something’s going to look like when we shoot, edit, compress, and deliver it. Perhaps Jackson, for all his experience and talent, did not in this case.
The first reactions to ten minutes of Jackson’s upcoming geekarama, shown at a special screening in Las Vegas today “The Hobbit” from Jim Vejvoda of IGN Movies are: “It looked like an old Doctor Who episode, or a videotaped BBC TV production” and “This undeniable “reality” kept pulling me out of the movie rather than immersing me fully into its world as the Lord of the Rings films did”. Ouch.
The good news: it’s only ten minutes. The bad news: the film’s probably a lot longer than ten minutes.