Peter Jackson and Ian McKellan on the set of
4. Per usual, Jackson breaks new technological ground with this film. "The Hobbit" is the very first feature ever to be shot in High Frame Resolution (HFR) 48 Frames Per Second (FPS). For the last 80 plus years, films have been shot and shown in 24 FPS, so now Jackson is basically filling the frame with twice as many images. Confused? Let's go straight to the source for clarification: "Your brain reads the details as being sharper because you're not seeing that very subtle smudging between the frames. It looks like you're looking through a window into a real world rather than through the glass of an artificial world." Jackson told Entertainment Weekly. Though there are a number of screening options available, Jackson intended the film to be viewed in HFR 3D. Though the effect may be a bit jarring initially, who are we to argue with Jackson about how best to watch his film?