Why not film and epic movie with an EPIC camera? Well, recently when Peter Jackson decided that his new project The Hobbit should be filmed entirely in 3D he decided to do just that. Jackson will be using an EPIC camera from Red Brand to shoot the back to back films for The Hobbit in New Zealand.
The quality of these cameras are truly amazing and will no doubt do The Hobbit justice (whether or not Jackson does). Jackson seems pretty excited about using this bad boy and had this to say,
“I have always liked the look of Red footage. I’m not a scientist or mathematician, but the image Red produces has a much more filmic feel than most of the other digital formats. I find the picture quality appealing and attractive, and with the Epic, Jim and his team have gone even further. It is a fantastic tool, the Epic not only has cutting edge technology, incredible resolution and visual quality, but it is also a very practical tool for film makers. Many competing digital systems require the cameras to be tethered to large cumbersome VTR machines. The Epic gives us back the ability to be totally cable free, even when working in stereo.”
With that said, this camera should make The Hobbit should look pretty bad ass!
In addition to Peter Jackson being excited about being able to utilize this great film-making tool for the project Jim Jannard who is the owner and founder of RED is pretty ecstatic about the camera being used as well. Jannard commented,
“Everybody at RED is incredibly proud that Peter has chosen the Epic. The Hobbit is a major production, and could have chosen any camera system that they wanted. The fact that they went with us is extremely gratifying.”
Of course Jannard is stoked The Hobbit is going to put not only his camera but his company on the map.
Originally, The Hobbit, starring Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Rob Kazinsky, Aidan Turner, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, James Nesbitt, and Adam Brown was set to be filmed in 2D only when director Guillermo Del Toro, who was originally set to direct The Hobbit was on board. Jackson has certainly thrown that idea out the window with deciding to use the EPIC camera by RED. So what do you guys think about this epic 3D Hobbit experience??