Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Hobbit Production Dairies, Pt. 6

Yesterday's production diary detailed some of the effort in rebuilding the Shire sets of Hobbiton in permanent materials so that the sets could remain an attraction in the New Zealand countryside. The shire was originally built for filming the Lord of the Rings trilogy released in 2001 through 2003. That effort seems far less daunting then what lay ahead.

In part 6 of The Hobbit production diaries, Peter Jackson and his intrepid band of actors, crew and support staff wander throughout New Zealand's more rigorous terrain, often returning to more of the locations used in those original films.

From magnificent mountain back drops to a tumbling river, the locations are each extraordinary and give clear testament to why Peter Jackson's home country of New Zealand was the perfect choice for filming. That river, by the way, elevated so much with rain water at the end of shooting that it would have been impossible to use the very next day. And note too, the work that must be done to protect another remote and environmentally sensitive area of landscape from the tons of equipment that must be transported across it.

This second look at locations for The Hobbit, An Unintended Journey and further insight into the production process only adds to the fascination of seeing Jackson's work emerge on screen. The new film will be released in New Zealand and eight other countries tomorrow and in the US just this Friday (as Moviedozer completes the diaries with episode 9).

By the way, you may notice that in this segment, Jackson mentions the Hobbit will be told in two films.  As you've already read in these columns, that decision was expanded to three films, set to release each December through 2014.

For today, enjoy a New Zealand fimlmaker's travelogue in Part 6 of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit production diaries.

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