Here’s a production video from The Hobbit in which Peter Jackson talks about shooting the film in 3D with the RED EPIC camera. Because the lenses are so large, one camera actually shoots a mirror image to achieve the 1″ space between angles which simulates human vision.
These are no amateur cameras. The Hobbit is being shot in 5k resolution – a resolution even higher than the 4K resolution which could be next evolution in high-definition. To compare, 4K is about four-times the resolution as Blu-ray Disc’s 1080p.
In the video diary Jackson shows off the The Hobbit camera collection composed of 48 RED EPIC cameras, some mounted, some shelved, all with unique names.
Production designers explain how the RED camera tends to desaturate some color and so the sets are painted with even more vibrance than would normally be needed. They also talk about the complexities of shooting at 48 frames-per-second.
You can get a look at one of the production artworks in 3D if you put on some old school red & blue glasses. Cool stuff.
The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey in 3D is scheduled for release for the holiday season 2012.