How Weta Digital Studios Delivers Middle Earth to Your Multiplex

We've come a long way since the days of Cool World and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? I mean, just look at last December's blockbuster, The Hobbit. Peter Jackson's Weta Studios (the same group that created Looper's skylines and District 9's extra terrestrial tech) leverages cutting-edge CGI techniques to meld live action… » 2/16/13 1:00pm 2/16/13 1:00pm

The Hobbit Will Play in High Frame Rate at 450 Theaters Across North…

Peter Jackson's version of The Hobbit has been causing a stir, because people expect its high frame rate—48 frames per second, no less—will make it look a bit like a 70s soap opera. At least you'll be able to tell for yourself, because 450 theaters across North America are equipped to show the film at its high frame… » 11/08/12 4:28am 11/08/12 4:28am

The Hobbit Comes With an FAQ Explaining Why It'll Look So Weird

Not every theater will be showing Peter Jackson's The Hobbit in its native 48 frames-per-second. But for those that will, Warner Bros. has created this handy FAQ that explains why the HFR 3D (high frame rate) technology could make the film look like a TV soap opera. » 11/07/12 11:52am 11/07/12 11:52am

Will The Hobbit Look Like a 70s Soap Opera at 48 FPS?

It seems Peter Jackson's upcoming film, The Hobbit, is causing a stir among those CinemaCon goers who have been treated to a 10 minute preview screening of the film. And it's not joyful stir. Viewers complained that the movie looked too real, that it had that look of low-budget television. Yikes. » 4/25/12 10:02am 4/25/12 10:02am

UK Man Builds Man-Sized Hobbit House for £3,000

Simon Dale was fed up. He'd had enough of what he calls "mass produced box design" homes so he did something about it—he moved his family to the Welsh countryside and hand-built a "Hobbit house" even Peter Jackson would envy. » 11/24/11 1:00am 11/24/11 1:00am

Peter Jackson's The Hobbit Is the Only 3D Film I'm Excited About

Jackson is currently hard at work shooting The Hobbit in 3D. But instead of using the bulky 3D rigs commonly associated with 3D movie films. Jackson is using RED EPIC cameras and mirrors to keep the cameras mobile. » 11/08/11 8:20pm 11/08/11 8:20pm

The Brand New Tintin Trailer Looks Better Every Time I Watch It

Nope. No uncanny valley here—we see a few shots of actual, humanoid talking. No dead doll faces. Just pure bloody brilliant action. Did you see that motorcycle?! Well, Mr. Spielberg. I'm officially watching this. [MSN UK via /Film] » 10/05/11 11:20am 10/05/11 11:20am

Thirty Hand-Machined RED EPIC Cameras Will Film The Hobbit in 3D

Peter Jackson, who's made a few movies, is preparing to shoot another one called The Hobbit. That's interesting news! What's also interesting is how he will film it: Thirty uber-expensive RED EPIC cameras. It's good to be the king. » 11/28/10 5:00pm 11/28/10 5:00pm

Peter Jackson's The Hobbit Stars Actors You've Probably Never Heard Of

After months—years!—of problems, The Hobbit will start filming next February. The cast has been revealed today, with British actors you've probably never heard of. Martin Freeman (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ) will play the hairyfooted Bilbo. [SFX] » 10/22/10 4:40am 10/22/10 4:40am

Peter Jackson's The Hobbit Extra Application Process Is Way Too 20th…

Quick, grab the ent-draught and gather 'round, for I have some exciting news from Middle-Earth! Peter Jackson has put out word that extras for The Hobbit are in dire need. But he's doing it old school for some reason. » 12/30/09 2:00pm 12/30/09 2:00pm

Parody: Weta's Special Effects Technology Creates Green Screen Boobage

Something fun (though NSFW) to end your work week: Peter Jackson's Weta Workshop has provided amazing effects for movies like Lord of the Rings, but can it green-screen naughty bits for indie-film makers? This mock behind-the-scenes look answers that question. » 10/02/09 8:00pm 10/02/09 8:00pm

Would-Be Halo Movie Director Shows the Alien Ghettos of District 9

Remember those incredible live-action Halo shorts? Well, that director has his first full-length movie coming out, and it looks downright badass. » 7/09/09 10:10am 7/09/09 10:10am

Full-Size Working Halo Warthog Ready to Annihilate Adoring Fans

Thanks to Peter Jackson, New Zealanders have all the fun. Not only do they get to experience epic Lord of the Rings sites as they are recreated in the countryside, but now they get to do donuts around their flocks of sheep with Halo Warthogs. Jackson's WETA workshop recently finished building an accurate, working… » 7/23/07 7:50pm 7/23/07 7:50pm

Red and Peter Jackson's "Crossing the Line" Clip Shot on Red One Cameras

If you didn't get enough of our coverage of Red and their Red One 4K camera at NAB, here's one more thing to tide you over until the release. It's a clip of Peter Jackson's "Crossing the Line" video that was shot entirely with "Boris" and "Natasha," the Red One prototypes. » 4/23/07 9:30pm 4/23/07 9:30pm

Non-Announcement of the Week: Xbox 360

Microsoft's X05 got underway in Amsterdam yesterday. It was billed as the first chance to, "fully experience Xbox 360, including the first opportunity to play next generation games and encounter the unique digital entertainment capabilities of Xbox 360." So what was the big news to emerge from the event? That Peter… » 10/05/05 12:41pm 10/05/05 12:41pm