"In naming his character, Tolkien used beorn, an Old English word for bear, which later came to mean man and warrior (with implications of freeman and nobleman in Anglo-Saxon society). It is related to the Scandinavian names Björn (Icelandic and Swedish) and Bjørn (Norwegian and Danish), meaning bear. The word baron is indirectly related to beorn."
This confirms what I've already learned from other sources.
Orcs come from another planet. Elves are an offshoot of Trolls, I believe.
So what do you hobos make of the whole 48 frames per second business?
They need to do higher frame rates for 3D, so it looks less shit. That's the just the physics of the thing. But I've always been broadly supportive of higher framerates, thinking it'd be a better new development than 3d actually. The juddering of 24 on a big screen is quite apparent to me and gets annoying on a nice panning shot of a landscape or something. I saw a Tru-motion TV just the other week though and marvelled at its ability to magically turn a normal looking film into a fake looking video on a cheap set. If 48fps does that (as people are saying) it's a bit of a problem.
I always thought it was the interlacing of video that gave that effect (it causing different motion blur horizontally than vertically). Apparently not, according to reports. Scary to think a bit of shutter blur might be the difference between something seeming "proper" and not, in any case.
It's hard to say, not having seen it in person, of course. Advocates say you just have to get used to it and ultimately it's better. I hold out some hope that there's some tweak in post or way of shooting that gives the best of both worlds.
Charlie Brooker pointed out the other day that we're entering a weird place if this is adopted on a large scale. With digital video having striven for a couple of decades now to get "the film look" and recently achieving it, if movies move to 48fps across the board we'll be in a period where the movies look fake and TV looks real.
Ran across this page (okay, so it's only Yahoo, but so what) and was entranced by the preview at the end of the article.
I am SO looking forward to this.