On Saturday the hotly anticipated preview and panel interview of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey took place at Comic Con. Attending the conference was director Peter Jackson, actors Sir Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis, plus other crew members. Despite being filmed at 48 frames per second in 3D, director Peter Jackson decided to show the four preview clips at the normal 24 frames per second in 2D due to the controversy at Cinema Con earlier this year. 24 FPS has been used since the 1920’s, naturally something was bound to replace it but unfortunately for Jackson, The Hobbit will be the first film to use this new technology and therefore will take a lot of flak until audiences adapt .
This higher frame rate is said to make the film look more realistic and reduce motion blur and flickering. Some critics and fans however, complained that it was too life like! So Jackson decided to keep this preview at the normal frame rate to keep the focus on the actual content of the film rather than possibly stirring up another debate. It worked! Fans and critics were almost entirely positive.  This video below is a funny example of what 48 frames per second might look like.
The second surprise was that a previous rumour (that the second film The Hobbit: There and Back Again could be split into two movies but it was denied) could be somewhat true. Jackson confirmed that there was extra material that he wanted in the film and was negotiating with the studio company to go back and film it. However he doesn’t know what the end product would be. It could be two movies but it could also be footage added to the film to make an extended version. 
Also briefly discussed was the addition of a new character, a female elf played by Evangeline Lilly which caused some uproar among the hard core Tolkien fans.  Co-producer and co-writer Philippa Boyens stated that it was to counter balance the predominately male characters and she believes she is a good fit with the story. 
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