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Peter Jackson On Doing Away With Miniature Photography For The Hobbit

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Jul 16 2012, 7:31am


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Given the awe-inspiring miniatures and "bigatures" used for The Lord of the Rings, many of TORn's members have been questioning (some with a pang of longing!) the decision to do away with miniature photography for The Hobbit, speculating the use of 3D may have had something to do with it.

Whilst poring over the numerous press interviews and Q&As conducted with Peter Jackson over the course of this weekend, we found the answer via Collider.com in PJ's response to the question of what the biggest advances in technology have been since The Lord of the RingsHe says:
The technology that advanced the most, in the last 10 or 12 years, is really the fact that we did a lot of miniature shooting on The Lord of the Rings. All the big architectural structures of Middle Earth were really miniatures, some of them quite large. But, you're limited to what you can do with a miniature because you literally have to have a big camera that has to sweep past it, so you can't get too close to it and the detail doesn't hold up too well, if you do. 

This time around, there are no miniatures. It's all done with CGI.  Everything that we need to build, from a miniature point of view, we build as a CG miniature. I can now swoop in, over rooftops and through doorways. I can do things that I never could have dreamt of doing with the miniatures. For me, that's actually one of the most profound differences. 


(This post was edited by Earl on Jul 16 2012, 1:04pm)

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Peter Jackson On Doing Away With Miniature Photography For The Hobbit News from Bree Send a private message to News from Bree Jul 16 2012, 7:31am
    While I accept that the technology has advanced in the last 10 years.... DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Jul 16 2012, 1:13pm
        I am kinda sad and also not much at the same time. imin Send a private message to imin Jul 16 2012, 1:20pm
            I agree that miniatures can be obvious DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Jul 16 2012, 1:25pm
                Yeah ultimately i cant say one way over the other for sure imin Send a private message to imin Jul 16 2012, 1:34pm
                    results BeornBerserker Send a private message to BeornBerserker Jul 16 2012, 1:53pm
                Well actually... Earl Send a private message to Earl Jul 16 2012, 3:02pm
                    Good point Earl DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Jul 16 2012, 3:24pm
        It is really all about the end product. Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Jul 16 2012, 1:26pm
    yeah..... we did speculate a lot on this matter, and looks like my fears were realised.... but oh well. As long as it looks fine, I'm fine. Xanaseb Send a private message to Xanaseb Jul 16 2012, 1:16pm
    I thinkI can definitely tell the difference between CGI and real life alienorchid Send a private message to alienorchid Jul 16 2012, 2:23pm
    I think it's sad.... dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Jul 16 2012, 2:57pm
        Work JWPlatt Jul 22 2012, 7:09am
            You mistake me dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Jul 22 2012, 7:49am
                CGI Skills JWPlatt Jul 22 2012, 4:36pm
                    It's a different kind of craftsmanship... dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Jul 22 2012, 6:54pm
                        Richard Taylor On Craftmanship JWPlatt Jul 25 2012, 11:42pm
    Does it really matter? L.J. Kiosq Send a private message to L.J. Kiosq Jul 16 2012, 3:06pm
    Tragic Aragorn the Elfstone Send a private message to Aragorn the Elfstone Jul 16 2012, 3:14pm
        No Minis = Great news Black Breathalizer Send a private message to Black Breathalizer Jul 16 2012, 4:36pm
            I agree Carne Send a private message to Carne Jul 16 2012, 4:44pm
            Agree.. Bombadil Send a private message to Bombadil Jul 16 2012, 4:52pm
            As great as the models were, you could almost always tell Eruonen Send a private message to Eruonen Jul 16 2012, 7:27pm
                See, I feel just the opposite... Aragorn the Elfstone Send a private message to Aragorn the Elfstone Jul 16 2012, 7:37pm
                    They set out with the goal Morok Cloudkeeper Send a private message to Morok Cloudkeeper Jul 16 2012, 7:49pm
                    I agree DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Jul 16 2012, 8:31pm
                        Which CGI bits did you find obviously fake? imin Send a private message to imin Jul 16 2012, 8:35pm
                            Off the top of my head... DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Jul 16 2012, 8:41pm
                                Oh yes, Fangorn Shelob'sAppetite Send a private message to Shelob'sAppetite Jul 16 2012, 9:11pm
                                psst.... DanielLB dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Jul 16 2012, 10:39pm
                                    That's a good idea! DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Jul 16 2012, 10:48pm
                                Like i said before i feel the same about criticisms of the films! imin Send a private message to imin Jul 16 2012, 10:59pm
                                    Mirkwood scares and excites me as well DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Jul 16 2012, 11:06pm
                                        I think it will look better imin Send a private message to imin Jul 16 2012, 11:18pm
                                            Ebbs and flows DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Jul 16 2012, 11:23pm
                                            I have a similar feeling Shelob'sAppetite Send a private message to Shelob'sAppetite Jul 16 2012, 11:24pm
                    I'm the same way... redgiraffe Send a private message to redgiraffe Jul 17 2012, 10:25am
    The models were superb... Bagheera Send a private message to Bagheera Jul 16 2012, 4:01pm
    There seems to be a conversation going on in the background SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Jul 16 2012, 4:46pm
        What did GdT say? Voronwë_the_Faithful Send a private message to Voronwë_the_Faithful Jul 16 2012, 4:53pm
            I can't help but wonder... SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Jul 16 2012, 6:11pm
                Thanks! Voronwë_the_Faithful Send a private message to Voronwë_the_Faithful Jul 16 2012, 6:41pm
                    None whatsoever. SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Jul 16 2012, 7:31pm
        The bigature of Minas Tirith Shelob'sAppetite Send a private message to Shelob'sAppetite Jul 16 2012, 5:02pm
            Yes, but squire Send a private message to squire Jul 16 2012, 8:13pm
        special effects Black Breathalizer Send a private message to Black Breathalizer Jul 16 2012, 5:06pm
            Well, that's an important detail Shelob'sAppetite Send a private message to Shelob'sAppetite Jul 16 2012, 5:24pm
    I was just saying yesterday One Ringer Send a private message to One Ringer Jul 16 2012, 5:09pm
    I care about the final product Welsh hero Send a private message to Welsh hero Jul 16 2012, 9:27pm
    Ahh, going the same way that George Lucas did with the prequels...that's comforting... Maiarmike Send a private message to Maiarmike Jul 16 2012, 9:29pm
        Well let's not get our hopes down too soon redgiraffe Send a private message to redgiraffe Jul 17 2012, 10:40am
            Little scope for bigatures ? Scot Down South Send a private message to Scot Down South Jul 17 2012, 6:33pm
                That was another thing I forgot to mention redgiraffe Send a private message to redgiraffe Jul 17 2012, 10:53pm
    As much as i love ''Bigatures'', i can understand the change.. Gorbag Send a private message to Gorbag Jul 16 2012, 9:39pm
        The viewing experience will change Shelob'sAppetite Send a private message to Shelob'sAppetite Jul 16 2012, 9:45pm
            When you say you guarantee it ... Lacrimae Rerum Send a private message to Lacrimae Rerum Jul 16 2012, 10:26pm
                No Shelob'sAppetite Send a private message to Shelob'sAppetite Jul 16 2012, 10:56pm
            I personally dont think it will, to the degree you think it will. Gorbag Send a private message to Gorbag Jul 16 2012, 10:31pm
            Technology was the least of George Lucas's problems guitarzankansasfan Send a private message to guitarzankansasfan Jul 17 2012, 10:04am
    It makes sense to move over to CGI Carne Send a private message to Carne Jul 16 2012, 11:26pm
        I got a different feeling from the thread imin Send a private message to imin Jul 16 2012, 11:29pm
            Yeah, but there's a few people complaining Carne Send a private message to Carne Jul 16 2012, 11:31pm
        Unsure if you've put me in the complaining category? DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Jul 16 2012, 11:32pm
            Nono, I guess it was more a combination of all the posts Carne Send a private message to Carne Jul 16 2012, 11:34pm
                I'm sure it will! DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Jul 16 2012, 11:37pm
        To my eyes, those miniatures from 12 years ago still... Aragorn the Elfstone Send a private message to Aragorn the Elfstone Jul 16 2012, 11:34pm
    I miss the bigatures and miniatures...but didn't we see these? _V_ Send a private message to _V_ Jul 18 2012, 11:50pm
        CGI in Game of Thrones Dipling Send a private message to Dipling Jul 19 2012, 5:19am
            That was awesome! Thank you for posting. imin Send a private message to imin Jul 19 2012, 10:24am
            The difference, IMO Shelob'sAppetite Send a private message to Shelob'sAppetite Jul 20 2012, 2:47am
    Proof is in the pudding Tim Send a private message to Tim Jul 19 2012, 2:41pm
    2010 fire on miniatures workshop zacros Send a private message to zacros Aug 4 2012, 6:52pm

 
 
 

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