Just a week ago (Life of Pi & a pretty convincing argument for 3D), I mentioned that the video production shorts that were once strictly the domain of DVD extras, have come into their own as both effective and entertaining marketing tools. Particularly when they are produced for films that gather the kind of fan expectations and anticipation that Peter Jackson can summon with all things Tolkien.
Director Jackson has filmed a series of production diaries documenting his trip back to Middle Earth (imagined throughout production borrows and location landscapes all over New Zealand), and posted them in a video blog for fans of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Tolkien readers and fans of filmmaking everywhere. With just a week before the official release of The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey, Moviedozer is about to set out on a nine day journey of our own.
Starting today, and each day through December 14th's theatrical release, I'll be posting the nine production dairies, in sequence, one per day.
These video blogs are a fascinating glimpse into big scale, special effects film production and the enormity of an undertaking that is literally years in planning and years more in execution. An undertaking that easily overwhelms the imagination. Yet, considering Peter Jackson's Oscar worthy Lord of the Rings, this new production follows one of the most critically lauded and commercially successful trilogies ever put on film. In fact, each of the three Lord of the Rings films earned Academy Award nominations, with 2003's Lord of the Rings: Return of the King winning Oscars for Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture.
This is a production dairy of a master at his craft, working from a legendary piece of classic literature, while working with top drawer talent throughout cast and crew. Here then is a glimpse into the world of Peter Jackson and the making of The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey.
Please join me each day through December 14th to see all nine installments. Thanks for dropping by.