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New ‘The Hobbit’ Production Video #6

The last time we got a look at the Hobbit town set of Peter Jackson‘s two films based on The Hobbit. The focus of this video diary episode has turned to many of the hardships and impediments to shooting at various locations. Everything from the weather to the local plants can change a days shooting which translates to big money costs.

That means there’s a lot of talk and great footage dedicated to presenting just how rustic and mind blowing beautiful New Zealand is. You also get the treat of seeing Andy Serkis at work as the second unit director and some info about how the remote second unit stays in touch with Peter Jackson. The logistics and scale of this production continue to impress — there’s nothing quite like the cinematic army that Jackson & Co. have assembled to bring Middle-Earth to life. When they move to a new set it is like seeing a small army of gypsies move.

The first of the two Hobbit films, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is slated for a December 14, 2012 release, with The Hobbit: There and Back Again following on December 13, 2013.

The sprawling cast includes Martin Freeman, Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Graham McTavish, Ken Stott, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Peter Hambleton, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Christopher Lee, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mikael Persbrandt, Lee Pace, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Sylvester McCoy, Jeffrey Thomas, Mike Mizrahi, Bret McKenzie, Ryan Gage, Barry Humphries, Conan Stevens, and John Bell.

“The Hobbit” follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.


Source: Total Film

Peter Jackson on how The Hobbit differs from The Lord of the Rings:

JACKSON: “The Hobbit is very much a children’s book and The Lord of the Rings is something else; it’s not really aimed at children at all. I realized the characters of the dwarves are the difference. Their energy and disdain of anything politically correct brings a new kind of spirit to it. And that’s why I thought, OK, this could be fun!”

If you though Joss Whedon had it tough spreading screentime amongst his ensemble cast, Peter Jackson has it even tougher. Here, Jackson briefly comments on that challenge:

JACKSON: “That was something I worried about. I imagined 13 guys with long hair and beards and I thought, ‘How are we ever going to know which dwarf is which? It’s an ensemble from hell really. I thought nine members of the Fellowship was a problem; but here, with Bilbo and Gandalf, we’ve got 15. It’s working out fine though. The dwarves give it a kind of childish, comedic quality that gives us a very different tone from The Lord of the Rings.

Jackson wants audiences to know that despite some differences, he’s striving to keep the same feel from the LOTR trilogy:

JACKSON: “I want it to seem like we’ve gone back on location into Middle-earth; that these two movies feel like they belong at the beginning of the other three. We’re the same filmmakers going into the same world.”

Talking about original director Guillermo del Toro, Total Film reports that Jackson stated that the “films do retain some aspects del Toro’s style and DNA, but that they have largely been overshadowed by Jackson’s own attempts to replicate his approach to The Lord of the Rings ten years ago.”

Jackson’s wife and writing partner Fran Walsh reportedly stated that the second movie will be primarily focused with “war, madness and dragon rage.” She explains:

FRAN WALSH: “We always saw The Hobbit more in the golden light of a fairytale. It’s more playful. But by the time you get to the end, Tolkien is writing himself into that place where he can begin that epic journey of writing LOTR, which took, as he put it, his life’s blood. All those heavier, darker themes which are so prevalent in the later trilogy start to come into play.”

Jackson was always the only guy this NerdBastard wanted at the helm of any Hobbit production. No offense del Toro, but who else could carry it off as well?
The first trailer was everything I was hoping for. That haunting dwarven song gave me chills. The only thing I am kinda ticked about is that we’ll have to wait for the second film, can’t we just see it all in one 6 hour sitting?