Jackson's 'Hobbit' doubles film speed to 48 frames 

Peter Jackson is making his hobbits and dwarves march double-time in his "The Lord of the Rings" prequel, which he's shooting in a faster film speed than the Hollywood standard.

Jackson hopes the 48-frames-a-second rate — twice the 24 frames that has been the custom since the 1920s — will help bring about a gradual transition to faster speeds that can bring more life-like images and action to the screen.

Digital cameras allow for shooting at 48 frames or faster, reducing the flickery, blurry effect known as strobing that can come with 24-frame filming.

Jackson talked about his two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, where he premiered the documentary "West of Memphis," produced by him and his wife, "Hobbit" co-writer Fran Walsh.

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