Peter Jackson responds to ‘The Hobbit’ footage criticism

Director defends new technology used to shoot the film

Peter Jackson has defended his decision to use new technology to shoot The Hobbit, after people lambasted the director following a 10-minute preview screening.

The Lord Of The Rings director says the criticism he received following the preview won’t change his views on the new technology, and hails it as the future of cinema.

The Hobbit, starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf, has been shot at a rate of 48 frames per second – double the rate at present.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Jackson said: “This technology is going to keep evolving. At first it’s unusual because you’ve never seen a movie like this before. It’s literally a new experience, but you know, that doesn’t last the entire experience of the film; not by any stretch, after 10 minutes or so.”


Critics, who have seen the 10-minute preview of the film, have complained that the new faster frame rate makes it feel more like a movie set and less of an immersive experience. However, Jackson has said that the 48 frames per second offers a more lifelike picture and will make 3D less of a strain on the eyes.

The first of two movies, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is released in December. You can watch the trailer for the film by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.