‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Production Video & Clips

Published 11 months ago by , Updated March 29th, 2014 at 4:44 pm,

Undoubtedly the biggest movie of the holiday season is The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the middle chapter of the new Middle Earth adventure trilogy that stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, an unassuming hobbit who leaves the comfort of his hobbit hole to face the large and very perilous world of monsters and men.

Since New Zealand is quite a long way away (unless you’re a New Zealander), director Peter Jackson has offered a passport behind the scenes of the Hobbit trilogy with a series of production diary videos. The penultimate diary of the year has now been released, showing the tail end of production and offering a preview of what happens when Bilbo and the dwarves reach their final destination of Erebor.

In between the table tennis and the tea-drinking there are some seriously interesting glimpses and tidbits, including another look at the film’s eponymous dragon. Much of the Lonely Mountain’s interior set was practically built, despite being encased in the warm glow of green screen, and a member of the Weta Digital reveals that 1.8 tons of gold (probably not real gold) were used on set. It looks like a very fun place to work, with crew members sliding down mountains of gold and throwing coins and goblets around.

Those who found The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to be a little slow to get started should also be pleased to hear Jackson saying, “We want to kick into this movie with a lot of urgency, just like the race is on.” With a substantial amount of travel and a showdown with a dragon to get through, The Desolation of Smaug promises to be pretty action-packed and will cover the adventure at the very heart of the original novel.

Bilbo Baggins sitting on the budget for The Hobbit trilogy The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Production Video & Clips

There are also four new clips from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug available, including extended versions of scenes that have been shown in the trailers and a new clip of Thranduil interrogating a prisoner (the nerdiest of readers will probably yell out “Jon Snow!” at a certain point during that one).

The Desolation of Smaug will not only feature the return of Orlando Bloom as Legolas, alongside original elf character Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), but also is tasking with introducing all of the major human characters from the Lonely Mountain-adjacent Laketown, including master archer Bard (Luke Evans) and the Master of Laketown (Stephen Fry). Thorin must convince the people of Laketown that the dwarves’ and Bilbo’s quest to defeat Smaug will be beneficial to them, as opposed to ending in fire and death like Smaug’s initial arrival did, and attempts to do so with the promise of gold.

We won’t say more for fear of spoiling the movie for those who haven’t read the book (do read it, though; it’s only 300 pages long and worth every page), but suffice to say that the gold under the mountain is possibly even more troublesome than the dragon sleeping in it.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in theaters December 13th, 2013.

Source: Warner Bros.

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  1. With so much coverage lately for other films it seems as though that people are forgetting that we are only a week away from one of, if not thee biggest movies of 2013.
    While I’ve spent just as much time reading, commenting and talking about those other films as anyone else the fact that we are so close to The Hobbit has me giddy with excitement.
    Releasing The Lord of The Rings trilogy and The Hobbit movies during holiday season has been a stroke of genius on the part of Jackson and New Line IMO. They’ve become so much a apart of my holiday traditions. I already re-watch TLotR between Christmas and New Years every year and once we have all 3 Hobbit films to go with it it will be a truly glorious week. :)

    • Love Middle Earth, so can’t wait for the Desolation of Smaug! It’s sad to think, though, that we will only have one more trip there, same time next year. With the massive success of Jackson’s films, we are unlikely to see a different rendition anytime soon, probably not in our lifetimes.

  2. F***ING LOVE THESE PRODUCTION BLOGS

    • Ditto for sure, although this one had a little bit too much spoiler stuff for me as far as the dragon goes. The blogs in the past have been good at not having much of that while still showing a lot of the “behind the scenes” stuff. Although, I’ve been avoiding the new trailers and clips since the first one already spoiled the dragon, so I might be a bit more sensitive than others.

      I just find it funny how they’re like “we can’t show you the dragon” and only have quick shots of his feet, when they’ve already shown most of the dragon in other parts.

  3. So how long do you think into the movie we will finally see the dragon, withheld from us in the first film.

  4. Why does next week seem so faaaaaar away!?!?

    • because it IS!!! Seven long days until midnight!! I am really really excited. and giddy too. The sparseness of the production blogs this time was frustrating, but I think the end result will be well worth it.

  5. In one of the movie trailer clips, I noticed that some of the inhabitants of Lake Town are people of colour. As a man of colour myself, I find this quite a surprise, as none of the other J.R.R. Tolkien films directed by Peter Jackson never had any actors of colour performing in them, so I wonder what has prompted this change? Nevertheless, I have enjoyed the Lord of The Ring films by Jackson and look forward to seeing this latest installment in the ‘Hobbit’ series.

    • I too was pleasantly surprised and delighted to see the same thing. I think in the original trilogy Jackson did use people of color with the Haradrim, but the makeup and clothes makes it hard to tell. I’m glad for the diversity even if it is only in the background.

    • Come to Wellington and you’ll understand. NZ has a huge Pacifica population and Wellington hosts many peoples of varied ethnicities, and we all want to be extras in a Peter Jackson epic :P

  6. This is released on my birthday, couldn’t have asked for a better present :P

    • Smaug will light the candles for you on your birthday cake. :)

      • That’s what started the whole thing in the first place. Smaug was hired to come to Erebor to light the candles on young Thorin’s cake and it all went downhill from there. Talk about bad parenting!