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slyinky
04-02-2010, 03:05 PM
http://www.totalfilm.com/news/the-hobbit-will-be-shot-in-4d

On Monday, we reported that filming of The Hobbit has been delayed thanks to MGM’s ongoing financial difficulties.

Well, we’ve been on the blower to our mate Guillermo Del Toro for an update...

GDT made it clear that the delay is not affecting pre-production. Quite the opposite. It seems it's given him time to properly map out his latest idea for the prequels: 4D.

“Avatar was groundbreaking in so many ways,” Del Toro told us. “But now everybody is doing the exact same thing. Alice, Clash Of The Titans... By the time The Hobbit films come out, we’ll be old news. Everybody will be sick of 3D.”

So how to inject some new blood into the formula?

“I spoke with Peter Jackson,” says the director. “And he told me that the guys at WETA have been looking into the possibilities of 4D... Before he’d even finished the sentence I said, ‘Let’s do it!’”

The 4D concept has been around since the '50s and the WETA-driven modern version will seek to combine Avatar's brand of digital 3D visuals with environmental stimuli (touch, smell, motion...) to give an all-round immersive cinematic experience.

Del Toro is a famously hands-on director with a passion for mechanics and in-camera effects, so it's no big surprise that he's looking to use The Hobbit to spearhead the next technological leap forward.

Back in the '50s, director William Castle famously employed ambient, in-cinema techniques in a quest for deeper audience involvement. (His story is told - in all but name - in the 1993 John Goodman Matinee).

“I’ve always been a fan of the William Castle approach,” says Del Toro. “He really got the audience wriggling in their seats.”

Castle’s gimmicks included a glow in the dark skeleton - which flew over the heads of audience members during House On Haunted Hill - while people were given little electric shocks during screenings of The Tingler.

It’s an idea that was also used more recently for the Shrek 4D ride at Universal Studios, where seats jolted and water was sprayed on unsuspecting movie-watchers.

So what can we expect from Del Toro’s angle on 4D?

“We won’t be doing anything tacky like scratch 'n' sniff,” he says. “But we’re looking into options for in-seat fragrance manipulation for the sequence where the company encounter the trolls. We'll have to distill something really horrible.”

But Del Toro is most excited about the idea of heated seats - which would “warm up” when Bilbo enters Smaug’s chamber - and the use of dry ice and water sprays for the cave scenes when Gollum speaks in riddles to our eponymous hobbit.

“We’re really excited about how far we can push the idea,” Del Toro says. “Movies are always evolving and growing, and this is the next step in that evolution. We can’t wait to get started.”

Rohirrim
04-02-2010, 03:19 PM
Oh boy, Smell-O-Vision. I'm really not sure I want to smell an orc.

listopencil
04-02-2010, 04:00 PM
Lame.

Lev Vyvanse
04-02-2010, 04:09 PM
4D is making you smell nasty ****, making your balls sweaty, and throwing stuff at you while you watch the movie?

broncosteven
04-02-2010, 04:17 PM
Oh boy, Smell-O-Vision. I'm really not sure I want to smell an orc.

Last time we took my daughter to Disney World they had all sorts of productions where they couldn't wait to use the skunk smell and zapp you. Some bug thing, something near the Dumbo ride. I was fighting a skunk digging under our porch and that was the last thing I wanted to encounter 1500 miles from home on vacation.

Eldorado
04-02-2010, 04:19 PM
4D is making you smell nasty ****, making your balls sweaty, and throwing stuff at you while you watch the movie?

If they put it in video games, it will bring new meaning to the 'Tea Bag'.

LRtagger
04-02-2010, 04:27 PM
We were at Disney World a few weeks ago and the Bugs Life ride is in 4D. It was extremely entertaining.

peacepipe
04-02-2010, 04:49 PM
just wait til 4d hits the porn industry. :~ohyah!:

broncosteven
04-02-2010, 05:11 PM
just wait til 4d hits the porn industry. :~ohyah!:

Gives a new concept to the term Money shot.

Kaylore
04-02-2010, 05:13 PM
just wait til 4d hits the porn industry. :~ohyah!:

People would never leave their homes.

Sodak
04-02-2010, 05:34 PM
My 7 year old daughter does some of this stuff every time we try to watch a movie. Now we have to pay for it?

Pass..

bronco militia
04-02-2010, 05:51 PM
they have something similar for the star trek ride at the Vegas Hilton

Tombstone RJ
04-02-2010, 05:57 PM
It's so not 4D. They should call it 3D with cheap tricks.

Taco John
04-02-2010, 05:59 PM
I've always wanted to know what a hobbit smells like...

Archer81
04-02-2010, 06:01 PM
Why not just wire the human brain to a computer so we just get the images in our head. If they ever do a Saw in 4d, I'm out.


:Broncos:

bronco militia
04-02-2010, 06:05 PM
I wasn't that impressed with the 3D in Avatar.....am I missing something?

Broncobiv
04-02-2010, 06:13 PM
3-D is easy enough to produce in theaters across the country...just hand out 3-D glasses to everyone at the door. Simple.

But 4-D? How in the world are you supposed to retrofit every single seat in select theaters with water sprayers, fragrance emitters, seat heaters, vibration, or whatever else they can think of? It just doesn't seem feasible!

DBroncos4life
04-02-2010, 06:20 PM
just wait til 4d hits the porn industry. :~ohyah!:

You can count me out on the 4D for porn. No part of me wants to smell a money shot.

broncosteven
04-02-2010, 06:33 PM
I've always wanted to know what a hobbit smells like...

I am guessing something akin to a KFC fan and a Raider fan that has been just released from jail.

DHallblows
04-02-2010, 07:07 PM
I enjoy the fact they think that making smells shoot at you makes it 4D. Yes, the 4D dimension isn't time, it's smell hmmm...

broncosteven
04-02-2010, 08:05 PM
I enjoy the fact they think that making smells shoot at you makes it 4D. Yes, the 4D dimension isn't time, it's smell hmmm...

Stephen Hawking thinks there are 11 Dimentions. I want to jump between them so I am in the one Denver wins the SB every year.

Pontius Pirate
04-02-2010, 08:06 PM
You shut up! You shut up and go to hell!

OCBronco
04-02-2010, 08:17 PM
Ahem.... you did check the date on the story, yes?

Rohirrim
04-02-2010, 08:33 PM
Years ago they made a movie called "Earthquake" and placed subwoofers all around the seats. Then, when the earthquake started, the woofers emitted low frequency rumbling that shook the seats.

scorpio
04-02-2010, 08:38 PM
BY Josh Winning Apr 1st 2010 8:08AM

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Quoydogs
04-02-2010, 10:09 PM
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uplink
04-02-2010, 10:18 PM
makes sense for 4D, viewers can travel on a space-like tragectory in 4D and not travel in time. They will not be able to observe if the movie played or not. Hence the film makers don't even have to make the movie and can still rake in all the profits.

Quoydogs
04-02-2010, 10:28 PM
I wanna now when they are going to come out with some 4D Medal of Honor games.

Houshyamama
04-02-2010, 11:21 PM
I enjoy the fact they think that making smells shoot at you makes it 4D. Yes, the 4D dimension isn't time, it's smell hmmm...

As far as I know, time is just one of the other 9 to 11 dimensions... not necessarily the 4th. That being said, smell and touch are not one of the other dimensions :P

uplink
04-03-2010, 02:04 AM
Stephen Hawking thinks there are 11 Dimentions. I want to jump between them so I am in the one Denver wins the SB every year.

I wonder if there is a parallel universe where Red Miller is still coaching the broncos and they have won every SB since #12? I guess there is one where Elway played for the Colts as well.

Tombstone RJ
04-03-2010, 04:44 PM
I wonder if there is a parallel universe where Red Miller is still coaching the broncos and they have won every SB since #12? I guess there is one where Elway played for the Colts as well.

In the universe where Elway is playing for the Colts, I'd have Moon playing for the Broncos... I always thought Moon was a great QB on some lousy teams.

Bronx33
04-03-2010, 04:52 PM
I've always wanted to know what a hobbit smells like...

You ever been to a greatful dead concert?

loborugger
04-03-2010, 08:24 PM
4D is what you need when your movie is weak on plot and you are relying solely on having the next big gizmo.

FireFly
04-03-2010, 11:30 PM
this could be really bad - but I call bs at this point