Jun 5, 2014

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New video: The making of the Bombur Bouncing Barrel shot

Weta Digital presents a peek inside the world of the animation team as they work out how to solve one of the most complicated shots in Peter Jackson’s film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. As part of an epic seven-minute action sequence, Bombur’s bouncing barrel shot required an elaborate approach. See how Weta’s animators suited up and used their own performances as part of the animation process.

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Apr 25, 2014

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News from Peter Jackson

This just in from Peter Jackson’s Facebook page…

Inside Information…

Our journey to make The Hobbit Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo’s own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we’ve gone along. “There and Back Again” felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived “there” in the “Desolation of Smaug”.

When we did the premiere trip late last year, I had a quiet conversation with the studio about the idea of revisiting the title. We decided to keep an open mind until a cut of the film was ready to look at. We reached that point last week, and after viewing the movie, we all agreed there is now one title that feels completely appropriate.

And so: “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” it is.

As Professor Tolkien intended, “There and Back Again” encompasses Bilbo’s entire adventure, so don’t be surprised if you see it used on a future box-set of all three movies.

Before then however, we have a film to finish, and much to share with you. It’s been a nice quiet time for us—Jabez and I happily editing away in a dark cave in Wellington—but those halcyon days are quickly coming to an end. It will soon be time to step into the light. Expect to see and hear much about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in the coming months.

And there’s also The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Cut, which we’re in the process of finishing, with over 25 mins of new scenes, all scored with original music composed by Howard Shore.

It’ll be a fun year!

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Apr 9, 2014

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The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug now on DVD, Blu-ray, Digital HD

“If this is to end in fire, then we will all burn together.”

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Now on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD

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Apr 3, 2014

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Laketown: The Devil is in the Details

This new video from WETA Digital explores their approach to the huge digital shots of Laketown in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Now available on Digital HD, available on Blu-ray April 8.

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Apr 3, 2014

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The Hobbit in Glorious 8-Bit Cinema

The good people at Cinefix have created The Hobbit – 8 Bit Cinema (though they admit at the end it’s really 16 Bit). Enjoy.

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Mar 24, 2014

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Andy Serkis to direct Jungle Book for Warner Bros.

Andy Serkis in The Hollywood Reporter

Andy Serkis in The Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Andy Serkis has come on board to direct Warner Bros.’ live action take on The Jungle Book. It is unclear if he will take a part in the movie at this stage.

Jungle Book would be Serkis’ feature directorial debut after directing second unit on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movies. Some of the shoots involved the creation of elaborate and lively action sequences. Serkis developed a command of CG technology through his acting work not only in The Lord of the Rings, but also in Jackson’s King Kong, Steve Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin and the new Planet of the Apes movies.

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Mar 19, 2014

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Philippa Boyens On The Hobbit: There And Back Again

Philippa Boyens, co-writer and producer of The Hobbit films, spoke to Empire magazine about the upcoming finale of the trilogy, The Hobbit: There And Back Again. She covers why the second movie ends where it does and why the company of dwarves splits up (“A rift begins to open up. And I can’t say much more without going into spoilers for film three.”). Read the full piece here.

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