Peter Jackson Responds to 'Hobbit' Criticism

Director defends use of new film technology

April 30, 2012 5:15 PM ET
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Peter Jackson speaks in Park City, Utah.
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After facing criticism over using new film technology to shoot The Hobbit, director Peter Jackson has revealed he'll stick with the 48 frames per second film rate despite the negative remarks, Entertainment Weekly reports. Jackson premiered 10 minutes of footage last week at CinemaCon to a mixed reaction. Crowds adored the storytelling but some were unhappy with the methods Jackson used to capture and present the footage. One viewer earlier noted that The Hobbit "looked like a made-for-TV movie."

According to Jackson, "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, [just] 10 minutes or so. That's a different experience than if you see a fast-cutting montage at a technical presentation."

Some theater owners were skeptical about upgrading their equipment to accommodate the new technology, which films at 48 frames per second – twice the speed of current filming methods.

The Hobbit, which premieres December 14th, will be the first major 48-frame release.

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