Let’s all get worked up into a tizzy over Monet’s paintbrushes, shall we?
According to RED, The Hobbit will be shot in 3D on a fleet of pre-production 5k EPIC cameras. In the words of Clark Gable: Frankly, Scarlet, I don’t give a damn. I am fed up with media outlets like Gizmodo fetishizing digital cinema cameras. We get it. It’s got a crapload of pixels. (Does the name Guillermo Navarro ring a bell? No? No matter, I’ll get back to that.) Here’s the thing: we don’t need that many fucking pixels. Pixels, in fact, are the lowest common denominator of the image quality equation. Far more important are the lenses—and the projector. See, DLP systems in American theaters are almost universally 2k, or just a hair over HDTV resolution. So where does all that delicious, totally-necessary extra resolution go when the footage gets projected? Continue reading