Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Hobbit Production Diaries, Pt. 7

The Hobbit officially opens today in its home production country of New Zealand. For those in the US, it's just two days away. And for fans who are looking forward to heading out on their own Hobbit journeys this weekend, Moviedozer has another behind the scenes look to help heighten the excitement.

Today, in Part 7 of The Hobbit production diaries, director Peter Jackson gets to showoff Stone Street Studios, the New Zealand movie studio that sprung up from an old paint factory for the filming of 2001's Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

Nestled into an 8 acre site, the studio was completely dedicated to film production on The Hobbit's three part trilogy. It becomes easy to understand that a cast and crew working this closely for so many months (and for many, years) can indeed become a close knit family.

Again, the scale of the production and the absolute command the director must maintain over so many diverse production requirements, speaks to the professionalism and skilled personnel needed to succeed at the levels expected by Warner Brothers Studios in justifying production budgets.

Though costs for filming the Hobbit trilogy have been kept under wraps, each of the three films in the original Lord of the Rings trilogy are reported to have cost near $100 million. Collectively, ticket sales for the three are in the range of $3 billion. And that's without counting a dime from home video distribution. As you can see, those original budgets were money well spent.

To put things in perspective for The Hobbit, An Unintended Journey's Friday release, The Lord of the Rings, the Fellowship of the Ring was released in the U.S. on December 21, 2001. According to, over its 5 day opening weekend, the film generated 74.3 million, commanding the number 1spot. The Hobbit will almost certainly break that original debut with most expecting the new film to score well over 300 million in its initial run.

And much of that will be up to you. If you've been following each part of our presentation of The Hobbit production diaries, you're a fan. And if you love the new film or hate the 3D or new technologies Jackson used for filming, your word of mouth will help determine just how far The Hobbit will travel in its journey up box-office charts. The movie business is a democracy and your ticket purchase is your vote.

But enough business, let's get back to the production. And as always, thanks for making Moviedozer a daily stop.

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