Cinema-goers have complained of feeling sick and dizzy after watching early screenings of The Hobbit. Peter Jackson's eagerly awaited new film is the first to be shot using high-speed 3D cameras that capture twice the normal number of frames per second. But some viewers said the filming techniques made them feel nauseous and even caused migraines.
Pictured: Success: Other fans at early screenings said director Peter Jackson, pictured at the world premiere, praised the filming techniques
The Sunday Times reported one 'avid Middle Earth fan', who had flown to New Zealand from Australia for the premiere, said: 'My eyes cannot take everything in, it's dizzying, now I have a migraine.'
Another fan tweeted: 'It works for the big snowy mountains, but in close-ups the pictures strobes. I left loving the movie but feeling sick.'
The Sunday Times said one fan described having motion sickness similar to being on a rollercoaster.
They said: 'You have to hold your stomach down and let your eyes pop at first to adjust. This is not for wimps.'
However, others praised the way the film - starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins - had been shot.
Hollywood director Bryan Singer wrote on Twitter after the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on Wednesday: 'Having some serious frame rate envy. Amazing and involving. Loved it!'
The 3D company that worked with Jackson on the shoot said the new technology should actually stop people feeling ill.
Matt Cowan, chief scientist at RealD, told stuff.co.nz: 'What you will experience is smoother motion.
'The effect you get for things like explosions is much more real.
'It is a great experiment and kudos to Peter Jackson for doing it.'
SOURCE: BECKY EVANS
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