The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be shot in 48 frames per second, but don't worry you won't be charged extra to see it

Martin Freeman in The Hobbit

Peter Jackson has stated before that he was going to shoot all of his three-part films based on the novel THE HOBBIT in 48 frames per second (which is twice the normal film speed) as well as in 3D which has received some mixed reactions. Peter Jackson revealed 10 minutes of footage at CinemaCon this year and some fans loved it and some not so much. Whether or not you agree with his style of shooting, the good news is that you won’t have to pay more to see the films (unless you see it in 3D then you’ll still have to pony up the extra cash). Why would you have to pay more to see a film shot this way? Well, all the 3D projectors with this technology in use will have to upgrade their equipment to accommodate Peter Jackson’s vision, which will cost about $10,000 per projector, which could have easily trickled down and added to the cost of the consumers. However, Warner Bros. has decided to give us all a break and will only charge us the additional money for the pleasure of viewing the film in 3D (which is about $3-$5 extra per ticket).  Also, the 48 fps will only be in limited runs in order to test out the new technology.

For those unfamiliar with the technology, 48 fps makes the movie look less like a theatrical film and more like a television episode. Some have said it adds to the 3D effect of the film, but it’s really still in the early stages and needs some more trial and error runs. Either way, the good news is audiences won’t have to eat the cost when they go see the film in December.

Directed by Peter Jackson, THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY stars: Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Fry, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Brett McKenzie, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Ian Holm,Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans and Cate Blanchett. THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY opens in theaters on December 14th, 2012. (Playlist)

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