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November 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

For one night, Wellington, New Zealand doffed its disguise as Middle Earth and adopted a new one as Hollywood, as it hosted the red-carpet premiere of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Thousands of fans — some of whom had camped out during the night — turned out in summery weather to applaud the stars of the film as they marched down a red carpet nearly the length of a football field, signing autographs on their way to the entrance of the theater. Stopping for an interview with Britain’s Sky News, Jackson said that he had been tweaking scenes in the film until the very last minute — something made possible by the digitization of movie production. On its general release next month, a new technology that doubles the per-second frame rate of the film from 24 to 48 will be tested. At a news conference earlier in the day, Jackson said that he hopes people will seek out theaters showing The Hobbit at 48 frames per second. In an interview with today’s Los Angeles Times, Warner Bros. distribution chief Dan Fellman explained why the film will be shown at that frame rate in only about a tenth of the 4,000 screens where it will be playing domestically: “When you have something new, you want to make sure it works,” he said. “This is unique, it’s different and we’ll have to see how people adjust to it.”