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Visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri is passionate about the decision to shoot “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” in 48 frames-per-second as opposed to the traditional 24. -Insertgroups:12- In a video chat with Gold Derby, he revealed: “We decided to shoot this film at a higher frame rate … to reduce the amount of blur that you see in the images, which makes everything look more realistic. It’s closer to how your eye really sees things.” So, what did doubling the rate mean for the visual effects team lead by this four-time Oscar champ? “It’s more work; there are twice as many frames to make. It’s not exactly twice as much work, but a lot of things just require more of it to get done.” “The Hobbit” makes use of performance capture, a technique Letteri pioneered on “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” (2002), for which he won his first Oscar. »


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