Director Peter Jackson To Be Honored By Broadcasting Organization

Director Peter Jackson has been announced as the recipient of the 2013 International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) Honor For Excellence.

The award recognizes an individual or organization for fostering the relationship between technology and creativity in the broadcast, movie or media industries.

Peter Jackson is a native of New Zealand where he found his love for film making and where he lives to this day. He is known for his epic production of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy and now for The Hobbit trilogy, which he just completed production for.

He is a self taught artist who saw his beginnings in the horror-comedy genre. His first film was Bad Taste in 1987, followed by Heavenly Creatures in 1994, based on a script he co-wrote with long time partner Fran Walsh.

Jackson has come a long way and become one of the most recognized and respected directors of our times.

The award is fitting, because Peter Jackson is synonym of technological innovation in film. Recently, with The Hobbit, he became the first director to film at a speed of 48 frames per second (fps), which brought criticism.

However, Jackson stood firm explaining that with any new technology there will be detractors until people become used to it.

Most films are made with a slower speed of 24 fps. The higher speed makes the images much crisper, especially when the movie is watched in IMAX/3D.

Jackson has almost single-handedly created a multi-billion-dollar film industry in his hometown of Wellington, which is known as “Wellywood”.

It includes, a self-contained studio complex with sound stages, a post-production facility, a computer effects company called Weta Digital, and a costume and prop shop known as Weta Workshop.

“The Weta Cave,” is a mini-museum and gift store, which attracted 100,000 visitors last year.

As you can see Peter Jackson is the embodiment of innovation and most definitely deserves the award. The IBC conference begins on September 12 in Amsterdam.

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