Ian McKellen’s Fancy-Speak Geek-Out Over ‘Hobbit’ 3D

Tuesday, March 8 by

When 3D is being used as a gimmick to sell everything from shitty horror movies to shitty animated movies about talking wolves for idiots, it’s hard to stay excited for the technology. Luckily for 3D lovers, Sir Ian McKellen‘s big fan, and Gandalf The Well-Bearded had some kind words for the third, headache inducing dimension, as well as for The Big Bilbo himself Martin Freeman. Here are his elegant observations from the set of Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit:

I’ve seen Bilbo — in three dimensions.

I was visiting old friends in the Stone Street offices and heard Martin Freeman was just round the corner by the permanent greenscreen, done up as Bilbo, testing his costume in front of the 3D cameras. Indeed, there he was in the open air, mostly oblivious to the camera, though turning this way and that as required. Martin improvised a hobbity gait, padding back and forth, testing his big hairy Hobbit feet, pointy ears and little tum.

Beneath the shade of a tent, in a sun hat, Andrew Lesnie was remotely controlling the two lenses within the mighty camera which digitally records in 3D. His screen showed the familiar 2D image but next to it, above the director’s chair, was a large colour screen in full magical three dimensions, much as it will appear in the cinema — courtesy of the spy-glasses that transform the blurred outlines onscreen to the high definition exactitude of the 3D effect.

Three Bilbos simultaneously, two performances on screen and the actor beyond: which was the real one? Martin Freeman was transmuting into a character whose reality will soon be as authentic as his own.

Niiiiice. Spoken only like a guy with “Sir” in front of his name can. Although, admittedly, when I imagined his highly-respected voice saying he saw a bilbo in three dimensions, I lol’d.

The Hobbit is underway, looking to begin principal photography later this month.  (ComingSoon)

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