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Jackson talks 3D Hobbit and Tintin

PeterJackson.jpgPeter Jackson has revealed that Tintin has finished filming, and yet the film won't be ready for another two years. How so? Well there's all the animation work to be done yet, and that's where the great bulk of work lies.

He also talked about The Hobbit, and one of the key elements that is an interesting one, how the two directors are going to bring together their different styles of film.

Peter Jackson says of the two Hobbit scripts that:

"We're writing the screenplays with him, so in terms of the script, there is continuity…"

The story from the BBC has more from Peter Jackson on the subject:

"We're writing Ian McKellen's dialogue just the same as we did in Lord Of The Rings. But Guillermo, being the director, will obviously take the script and interpret that and shoot his film. So that'll be interesting to see.

That's actually the reason I wanted him to do it. I felt like I'd be trying to compete with myself and deliberately do things differently, which is not the way I want to work. I want it to be natural."

So it sounds like he's working hard at keeping the characters the same through the two different stories and letting Del Toro go his own way on the tone and feel of the film, although I can't imagine that he'd go in a completely different direction to Jackson's Hobbit film. Compare Lord of the Rings to Pan's Labyrinth (Filmstalker review). and you aren't really that far away.

He also talks about Tintin and reveals that the filming has actually been completed, but now they face the lengthy task of working on the animation and taking the film from the actors to the motion captured 3D animation. Seems that's likely to take up to two years to complete, even though they have a rough cut of the film ready now.

However neither of The Hobbit films will be 3D, thankfully, and talks rather negatively about it, although it feels as if Guillermo del Toro had wanted it he might have changed his mind.

"Guillermo wants to shoot in 35mm, old-fashioned film…which suits me, because he wants to keep it in the same space as the original trilogy…"

It's interesting to hear that Jackson isn't sold on 3D and keeps a view that's a little less enthusiastic than James Cameron, although on the same lines, that 3D is part of the cinematic experience and not the overriding factor of a film.

"The only thing I get annoyed about is the image being a little dull…It does feel like you're looking at the movie with sunglasses on. But literally, that could just be about getting brighter bulbs in the projectors."

It doesn't sound like he's sold on the idea at all, but then he is making Tintin in that format so maybe his mind will change. I'm still not sold though and I still consider it a hindrance to the viewing experience.



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