Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" is preparing to leave the shire.
The director of the Oscar-winning "Lord of the Rings" previewed 10 minutes of assorted footage yesterday from his upcoming prequel.
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," was filmed in New Zealand using more frames per second than the Hollywood standard.
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is the first chapter in Jackson's two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy classic.
The two films were shot simultaneously in 3-D, with the second one, "The Hobbit: There and Back Again," due in theatres in December 2013.