March 2, 2012
Peter Jackson released the sixth of his production videos taking fans behind-the-scenes of “The Hobbit” on March 1. The new video focuses on location shooting as filmmakers begin filming the second movie, “There and Back Again.”
In the previous installment, Jackson and crew focused on location shooting primarily in Hobbiton. It looked at how Hobbiton has developed after “The Lord of the Rings” as well as discussed the complexities of location shooting.
The latest production video for “The Hobbit,” part of the Hobbit Blog, continues that focus. The approximately 12-minute video covers some of the cast and crew’s “location adventures” on both North and South Islands.
As has been the pattern, the latest of Jackson’s vlogs is filled with interesting tidbits to keep fans happy with the movies’ progress. Jackson and others, notably Andy Serkis and Ian McKellen, spend time promoting New Zealand. In this way, the video acts as a travelogue as much an insider’s look at the making of the “The Hobbit” movies.
The sixth “Hobbit” production video also provides these tidbits:
While the information about the location shooting offers insights on the production and beautiful vistas to behold, the video is as much fun to watch for the cast and crew who appear on screen.
Those on screen are collectively a funny group. It’s amusing to see and hear the crew and cast interact with one another and delightful to see, McKellen puts it, “happy actors cavorting around” as they show off New Zealand.
Watch for, among other moments, Serkis making a reference to “The Sound of Music,” Craft Service crew dressing in suits for “Formal Friday” so that the crew knows what day of the week it is, and several actors riffing on Wargs.
Based on the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is the first of two movies that serve as a prequel to “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. The movies will star many from the trilogy: Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett and Christopher Lee. Martin Freeman will play the title role of Bilbo Baggins, and the new cast includes Richard Armitage and Graham McTavish.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” will be released, in 3D, Dec. 14, 2012. “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” will be released Dec. 13, 2013.
Pittsburgh movie fans interested in seeing “The Hobbit” trailer with “The Adventures of Tintin,” which opened Dec. 21, can see them both at the AMC Loews Waterfront 22, SouthSide Works Cinema and Waterworks Cinema 10. Look for locations and movie tickets available for online purchase at Fandango