When it comes to epic filmmaking, Peter Jackson is a great person to have on your team. He's done The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and King Kong; next up is Mortal Engines, a huge, post-apocalyptic story that he's producing and co-writing. And the first trailer is here.
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As recently as September, ultra-secretive augmented reality startup Magic Leap entertained holding a splashy event to reveal more about its mysterious technology, according to a confidential document detailing a proposed event concept obtained by Gizmodo. The document outlines a pitch for a strange live-streamed office tour, complete with product-revealing Easter eggs, nods at various Magic Leap partners, and a handful of very famous people to bump into.
One of the many reasons why The Lord of the Rings trilogy, in both book and movie form, is so good is the characters. Each hero, villain and everything in between is simply memorable and captivating. Everyone has their favourites and if your favourite is Gandalf, this is going to knock your socks off.
Video: Before he started busting myths, Adam Savage worked in the special effects industry building props and models for films. His love of iconic film artefacts is reflected in some of the recent builds he's shared online, but it's also fun to just watch him geek out over Peter Jackson's amazing film prop collection.
Peter Jackson helmed one of the greatest fantasy adaptations of all time, as well as The Hobbit trilogy. Now he's shepherding another genre entry to the big screen: Philip Reeve's steampunk saga Mortal Engines. Though the Lord of the Rings trio of Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens will co-write the script, directing duties will go to VFX whiz Christian Rivers.
When it comes to pulling back the curtains on Hollywood, director Peter Jackson does a damn fine job, be it extended features on a DVD, or a quick snap from the set. This image above was captured yesterday and shows three versions of actor Richard Armitage, who plays Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit films.
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 and digital animation so seamlessly you'd swear those giant eagles were real.
It's no secret that Peter Jackson, WETA and New Line Cinema are all trying to justify the special effects and frame rate of The Hobbit before its release in a few weeks. It's now emerging that Sir Ian McKellen, the seemingly-unflappable Gandalf The Grey, was reduced to tears by the effects on the shoot of the film.
Not every theatre 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 high frame rate 3D technology could make the film look like a TV soap opera.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is shaping up to be a groundbreaking event for film technology. First, we heard that Director Peter Jackson shot the film at 48 frames-per-second, and now he's telling us that the film's sound will be mixed for Dolby's ultra-intense new Atmos system.
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.
You want dwarves being buzzed by helicopters? You want the joys of working off satellite internet when you're uploading very high definition video? How about an impromptu snowball fight? The latest production diary from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit has all of that and more, and you should watch it right now. Don't make me send Billy Connolly after you.