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Don't watch this if you don't want any spoilers at all, but it looks like they did take care to keep from showing most things and even blurred out sketches and storyboards. Great documentation of locations and behind the scenes though. I never watched them when they were webcast because I like to wait until I've seen the movie. :D

The Hobbit - Full Production Video Blogs 1-6
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Wow - after reading all of your post I think I will pass on the movie. I am subject to vertigo so I don't think this is for me. I love the books and read the entire series - Hobbit and Lord of the Rings ever 2 or 3 years. I am kind of iffy on the movies. Pretty good but my imagination is much better. RARELY do I find movies that do justice to the book. My 2 cents. No movie critic am I.

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I used to think that too, but movie technologies are getting better, especially big leaps forward since Matrix and since Avatar.

I find that if I watch the movie before reading the book, the "after images" interfere with my own imagination, but well read novels with established imaginative universe already in place can be enhanced by select imagery from the "mind meld"/"brain trust" of the creative energies that went into making the movies.

Where the movies fail, it's a relief to read the novels again and reestablish the *superior* imagery. :lol:

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Yeah Apple - animation has gotten to the point of reality. I LOVE animated movies. I still won't see this one because I really don't want to barf in the movie house. Vertigo S***s.

G laughs at me because I love so called Kid's animation.

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I enjoyed a few minutes of motocross in 3D when we first got this TV. Apparently everything is available in the format. I do wish it didn't make me sick.

Avatar was almost too intense in 2D. The Hobbit style movies with the funky weird creatures just don't do it for me. I don't much care for the video game type special effects of shoot 'em up movies although I do like movies like Die Hard.

I'm frankly scared to try 3D again because the sickness went on for a few hours. It's a shame because I do like movies.

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I have 3d at home and it does not bother me at all, it just makes things look more real.
I am studying making movie effects. . I have a green screen in my studio so I can key out actors. I use 3d animation and video and composite them in a program called Adobe After Effects. After Effects is the most used movie effects compositing program. The amount complexity and work it takes to make what we take for granted is beyond the understanding of most people, I have a good deal of respect for the people who make movies. Acting in a movie to a green screen is very technical and difficult and takes a very talented actor.

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Yeah. I love that they document how these movies are made and include as bonus to the dvd's/blurays. Especially with these heavily CG'd (is that the right term?) effect scenes. Astonishing to see what the actors are seeing -- wearing -- environment they are actually in.

You can see how Andy Serkis is dressed while performing Gollum/Sméagol in that youtube blog I linked. I noticed the progression in techniques used in the original LOTR -- 12 yrs ago? -- which they improved on in making Avatar, which was then adopted for this movie (apparently -- assumption I made from similarity in costume for capturing all physical movements and facial expressions).

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Suspending disbelief is what make a movie enjoyable for me. I don't want to know how they did it. I love the idea of writing. It's interesting how many avenues of creation there are and which one[s] people are drawn to.

TomF, is there a way I can acclimate my self to watching 3D? I held the heads of many a miserable sailor puking over the side of the ship while trying to get them to focus on the horizon. That's the trick to seasickness if one has to deal with it. I never did at sea. But what can be done to fix 3D sickness?

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:D I had a crazy thought!!!

Maybe unlike those of us who get seasick BECAUSE the "ground" under us is moving around, YOU, Charlie The Sailor-man, might be getting sick because the couch is NOT MOVING AROUND the way your inner ears are saying they *should* be moving.

If my theory is correct, you need one of those chairs that move around synchronized to the movements on the screen. :>

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According to the article I read in the business section of the newspaper, only 10% of movie screens are equipped to run the 48 frames/second version of the Hobbit movie. Call the movie house and *ask them* which version they're showing--the traditional 24 fps, the 48 fps, or the "3D" version.

If it's the 24 fps, it's just like all the other movies you've ever watched.

re. sea-sickness: I've only been out on a boat a few times, and never on a ship. I feel absolutely dreadful until...
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I throw up once. That's all it takes: evidently my inner sense of balance needs to "make a statement" about the transition from land to water, but once that "statement" is made, everything is better. Whale-watching several years ago was pretty intense: I stood on the bow in 4-foot swells (they were beautiful) hoping to catch sight of gray whales during their January migration. In addition to the usual long pants, shoes with traction, long-sleeved shirt, hat, etc., we all had on life jackets (responsible whale-watching organization) and many of us were sporting binoculars on some kind of over-the-neck arrangements.

Meanwhile, DH was sitting on the benches behind the cabin, looking miserable. I had only one dose of anti-nausea meds; he had forgotten his. I gave him mine, knowing that my body would inevitably make its "statement." (I get about 10 seconds' warning--gotta MOVE to a suitable location FAST.) Sure enough: I made it to the leeward side amidships *just* in time. The rest of the whale-watching ride was quite enjoyable for both of us, and we even saw a pod of whales! in the distance. (There are distance regulations for powered boats so as not to disturb the whales.)


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Those of you who skipped over the graphic language are safe now. :)

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applestar wrote::D I had a crazy thought!!!

Maybe unlike those of us who get seasick BECAUSE the "ground" under us is moving around, YOU, Charlie The Sailor-man, might be getting sick because the couch is NOT MOVING AROUND the way your inner ears are saying they *should* be moving.

If my theory is correct, you need one of those chairs that move around synchronized to the movements on the screen. :>
I think these kind of comments are why I like you so much.

To this day the mental image of Jim Carey's ugly cartoon face with the hook nose reaching almost to the pointy chin makes me queasy. So do those gnarly little hobbit feet.


cynthia_h, I guess I shouldn't have mentioned holding a puker's head without a disclaimer and warning ?

I'll never learn.

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Her is a CG woman dancing I made in a 3D program, it is an animation render test so there is no music to it.

https://s37.photobucket.com/albums/e57/t ... ddress.mp4

Cynthia some people would call what you did a Technicolor yawn.

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Cynthia some people would call what you did a Technicolor yawn.
:lol: Maybe, but I like to know when that kind of thing is coming. I'm not always prepared to read it (like when I'm eating...)!

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:shock:

Cynthia, that comment instantly brought to mind at least 5 one liners.

I won't post any of them in case you are eating.


Actually 6.

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...couldn't see it Tomf -- probably because I'm accessing from the iPad.

-- soooo... We couldn't help ourselves -- we went to see The Hobbit again. :() :wink:

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Charlie - fellow Sailor here - 6 years active 16 years reserve. Many great experiences, many great friends and many great memories. Love my Navy :!:

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Elizabeth, what ships? I was a destroyer man. Son of a son of a sailor here.

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applestar wrote:...couldn't see it Tomf -- probably because I'm accessing from the iPad.

-- soooo... We couldn't help ourselves -- we went to see The Hobbit again. :() :wink:
Second time around, I was able to enjoy the surrounding scenery and peripheral details in the scenes more, look beyond the center-camera characters, appreciate the sense of 3-D depths, etc.

I particularly enjoyed looking around Rivendell, which I couldn't do before as much, as well as more appreciate the deeper meanings in the actor's facial expressions, details in the CG, etc.

Found this: 50,000+ pc. Original creation LEGO Rivendell

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I saw it, non-3d, in the regular 24FPS version. Thought it was good. Tolkien did a lot of backstory additions to The Hobbit, to make it fit into the middle earth universe he created, including the Lord of the Rings books. This is the "version" that the director is presenting. So while it's not a movie based strictly on The Hobbit, it is a movie based on Tolkien's vision of The Hobbit as it fits into the overall story. For me, the movie did not lag and it went by quickly. It was very enjoyable. I may see it again.

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I saw it. Visually amazing. I think the 3D was very well done. The high def 48 frames thing seemed like it made it more like watching your high def TV, kind of hyper-realistic in a way that keeps calling attention to itself.

But as an actual movie, it seemed not to have much in the way of plot or character development, all just fight or flight. Fight the goblins, fight, fight, fight, whew we made it, oh oops, here come the orcs.

Not a human rhythm, never any let down, take a breath, re-group time. You never see them just hiking along on their journey. Except when they eat BB out of house and home at the beginning and when they make it to Rivendell, you hardly ever see them eat. Don't I remember that hobbits are used to eating 8 times a day?

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They were eating just before the troll encounter, remember when Bilbo was bringing the plates to the dwarves? The book spends a fair amount of time on introducing what a hobbit is and their habits. Quite different than most modern tales that take you straight into the action then fill in the backstory. My first attempt to read the book ended with a yawn on the fist chapter.

As for the pacing, it did slow down for the Radagast and Rivendell scenes and of course the Gollum scene. I don't know, I think the pacing worked for me.

The Hobbit story is about character development, the ability to change (which includes the stubborness to resist it), as well as change that is thrust upon you against your will. It's also about the ability to resist temptation and lust. Resisting lust is a big part of the story.

For the first installment, it seems the director focused on Bilbo and Thorin (pretty much like the book), focusing on Bilbo's integration into the company, graduating from reluctant (and untested and untrusted) participant into a trusted member of the company. Is that a limitation? Probably but I think it works in the context of this being a three part movie. Thorin is stubborn and bitter. He's distrustful of Bilbo. Bilbo himself is ambivalent and distrusts himself, too. Remember, there are a couple scenes where he wavers on quitting the company. So the character development, as Rainbow noted, is limited. But I think that's ok because it's a three part movie and the tale is just getting started.



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