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So if you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard, The Hobbit is available in several different formats in theaters. Peter Jackson shot the film at a higher frame rate than the industry standard 24 fps with the idea that the image would be much clearer for the 3D experience.

I took it upon myself to test out all the versions to see which one did in fact create the most immersive experience. What I discovered was somewhat ironic.

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I know that everyone has been practically soiling themselves in excitement as the opening weekend of The Hobbit draws near but I’m here to tell you a couple of excellent reasons why it would be in your best interest hold out just a bit longer. I mean really people, it’s just a movie based off one of the greatest stories ever told. It’s just been made by one of the greatest directors of our generation. It just has the wonderful Martin Freeman playing Bilbo Baggins. Meh, I say.

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So the whole world knows at this point that The Hobbit is going to made into a trilogy since Peter Jackson’s announcement on Monday July 30, 2012. And of course like anything happening in the film industry, there have been mixed reactions to this decision.

Personally, I’m more than thrilled because it means more story and character development. Tolkien had so much history written about these characters, and even the extended version of Lord of the Rings couldn’t cover all of it. I think this is a great opportunity to deeper explore Middle Earth. Continue Reading…

Comic Con is no longer just a place for comic book fans. It has become a central hub of pop culture, and this year promises some really exciting upcoming movies. Although there is an unending plethora of films that were at Comic Con, there are definitely a few that are especially exciting, some that could possibly have potential, and others that just look plain dumb. Continue Reading…

Having an actor play two different roles in the same film or TV show has been seen a lot throughout the history of film. One of my favorites was in Cat Ballou where Lee Marvin played a washed gunfighter and his own nemesis Tim Strawn.They both battle it out in the film, and for years, I didn’t even know it was the same actor.

It’s also been seen in a lot of tv shows, such as Friends, in which Lisa Kudrow plays Phoebe and her twin sister Ursula. Even Peter Jackson did it in his first film Bad Taste, playing two characters in the same scene, one torturing the other.

While it may seem tricky, it’s actually a lot easier than one might expect. It definitely makes production a little slower, but if done properly, it should be fairly simple. We experienced this while filming Avaricein which the main character plays a darker version of herself. Here’s how we did it:

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How well do you know your favorite movies? If you’re like me then I’m sure you love the actors and can quote your favorite lines. You may even know every song on the soundtrack, but do you know the man or woman who brought those movies to life? Continue Reading…

Peter Jackson is one of the best director’s of our generation, in my opinion. His films have ranged from indie slasher flicks to elegantly delivered epics. Although not all of his movies may seem similar, they all have one characteristic that unites them: a brilliantly executed story. But I think what makes his films so compelling is the man behind the movies, and I definitely think his life of filmmaking can be used to offer a budding filmmaker some guidance. Continue Reading…

A film set is a living organism. There are many teams, like organs, working independently to support the whole. At the center of it all is the brain, the Director, responsible for making sure all the teams work together in unison.

But there’s a hitch. Unlike our brains which are hardwired to every inch of our body, the Director can only be in one place at one time. To make matters worse, during production the Director’s time will be dominated by the actors. In order for the film to come together smoothly, the Director must provide a set of blueprints that the crew can work from. Continue Reading…