December 26, 2011

'The Hobbit' Continues Terrific Behind-the-Scenes Video Blogs with On-Location Shooting

Peter Jackson and the crew on the The Hobbit have been sharing periodic video blog updates on the film's production via their Facebook page, and they recently released the fifth episode. It's easy to assume with the advent of CGI that anything in the background of a fantasy blockbuster is added in post, but that's often not the case, as evidenced by the construction of a real "Hobbiton" this time around. This latest episode covers the logistics and physical scope of a 250-day, $500 million movie production (well, two movies really):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFUh_k2ipqo

For those of you who might've missed the first four parts; here they are:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2v1jCEqA12k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7AhJ6KmUm0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t47TXEi0No0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHF536TJ0iE

Finally,I would be remiss if I did not post the actual trailer, despite the fact that everyone's probably already seen it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0k3kHtyoqc

[via Filmmaker IQ]

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Thanks for posting these. What a charmed life PJ has lived. From 'Bad Taste' to becoming the George Lucas of the southern hemisphere (minus the crappy writing and films). Well don PJ, plus he's lost a TON of weight.

December 26, 2011

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marcus.sg

I think he might have had a gastric bypass procedure, which is great to know is always there as an option in our older, fatter years.

December 26, 2011

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TSM

He was born into the right family, in the right suburb of the right city of New Zealand. He was the ultimate 1%. The city thing is interesting. New Zealand government departments were the only ones that would hand out money for various projects. There was/is no real investment from individuals in New Zealand. These departments for the past six decades have favoured certain cities. Dunedin Christchurch and specifically Wellington have had 90% of all government funding for film, TV, stage, and other various funding (Auckland has a quarter of the countries population, and their one massive museum gets less per year in government funding than one tiny two room art gallery in Wellington). So yes, location is THAT important in New Zealand. Aucklanders and other people living north of Taupo are treated like second class citizens. Wellingtonian are all that xenophobic about people north of them. Have you noticed that only two sites were north of Taupo in the original LOTR trilogy? And not one is near Auckland? Peter Jackson has often been very vocal about his hatred of Auckland, even though he has never lived there. My own story of LOTR. I was headhunted for a senior position for LOTR in Weta Digital back in the 90's. I had family commitments in Auckland and could not move away. I asked if I could set up a satellite office and run an Auckland office of Weta Digital. They said no, they would NEVER have an office in Auckland.

December 30, 2011

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boybunny

Did they say no because your name is "boybunny"????

January 3, 2012

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Trolololol

Would it have mattered? They headhunted me. I never applied for the job. In fact, at the time the LOTR project was still skunkworks. So at first they would not even tell me what the position was for.

January 5, 2012

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boybunny

HI Koo. Don't want to be critic in a negative way but shuldn't it be "released" instead of "...and they recently realized the fifth episode."? Awesome blog.

December 26, 2011

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maghoxfr

Yup! Good catch, fixed. Typos happen!

December 27, 2011

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Ryan Koo
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Sure they do, I wasn't trying to be a smartass. Thanks for the great post, I didn't know about the hobbit video blog and it's great.

December 27, 2011

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maghoxfr

Andy Serkis 2nd unit Director...WOW!

December 26, 2011

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marcus.sg

What does everybody think of the whole 48fps thing?

December 26, 2011

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marcus.sg

It's the way of the future! The way of the future! The way of the future!

December 27, 2011

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Taras

I think it could be good. The trailer didn't seem to look much different. I'm guessing that they converted it back to 24 or 30 when they released the trailer. Either way, the shots off the Epic look incredible

December 27, 2011

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Matthew Reynolds

I love Peter Jackson for releasing these.

These say a lot about his priorities in rewarding fans. If it wasn't evident from his attendance to the TheOneRing.net party the night of the Oscars for Return of the King.

December 26, 2011

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This blog is absolutely exciting. I anticipate the blogs almost as much as the movie.
Thanks everyone who lets us look behind the scenes.

December 30, 2011

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Dennis Mathias

'6 has been released on 1st of March

March 22, 2012

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Christian

I think its lame that he couldn't put any ethnic actors in any of these movies. I'm not saying it's racist. just a weak choice

May 6, 2012

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