THE HOBBIT Will Be Filmed With The New RED EPIC Camera In 3D 5K Resolution

Both of The Hobbit films from Peter Jackson will be shot entirely in stereoscopic 3D using the new RED EPIC camera. I had hoped that this film would not be in 3D, but it looks as though the we will see the Shire in the third dimension. 

Even though the RED EPIC camera has not officially been released, Jackson will use the new camera. Jackson shot the short film Crossing The Line and has been a fan of the RED cameras for a long time. Here is a little information on the RED cameras, the RED ONE shoots digitally at 4K resolution, while the new RED EPICS will capture 5K resolution at 120 frames+ / second. The EPIC has the highest dynamic range ever for a digital camera. “The EPIC’S small size and relatively low weight, makes it perfect for 3D – where two cameras have to be mounted on each 3D rig. “
Jackson had the following to say about the RED EPIC camera:

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.

I was not familiar with the RED camera technology before this news.  The new technology sounds incredible and I am sure that the finished product will be very visually stunning. 
The Hobbit is slated for a 2012 release for part one and 2013 release for part two. Peter Jackson will begin filming later this year with a cast that includes, 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.
What are your thoughts on Jackson using this RED EPIC to shoot these movies in 3D?
Source: RED
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