New ‘Hobbit’ Production Video; No Comic-Con Appearance for ‘Desolation of Smaug’

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It’s been six and a half months since the last one, but Peter Jackson has now released the eleventh installment in his ongoing series of production videos for The Hobbit movie trilogy. This behind-the-scenes clip focuses on the currently-ongoing pick-up shoots and additional photography for both this December’s second installment (subtitled The Desolation of Smaug) and next year’s finale, There and Back Again.

Unfortunately, said video also includes a formal announcement from Jackson, where he reveals that The Desolation of Smaug won’t be featured in a panel at the 2013 International Comic-Con in San Diego in a couple weeks. So, those who will be present at the festivities this year – and were hoping for a panel similar to last year’s for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – will have to cross out that item from their to-do list at this year’s event.

Fortunately, the latest Hobbit featurette has more than its fair share of short (but fun) interviews with cast and crew members, in addition to previously-unseen glimpses at the majestic practical sets constructed for the second and third movies in Jackson’s trilogy

hobbit desolation smaug production video New Hobbit Production Video; No Comic Con Appearance for Desolation of Smaug

Ian McKellen and Sylvester McCoy doing pick-up shoots for ‘The Hobbit’

That includes sneak peek at places like Mirkwood Forest, as well as the city of Dale – which was glimpsed in the prologue to An Unexpected Journey – now that it has been ‘desolated’ by Smaug. Similarly, there are a couple of amusing on-set bits that feature cast additions Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman and Evangeline Lilly as the elf warrior Tauriel (a female character who was created specifically for the Hobbit films).

As you can see, there’s still a lot of shooting that needs to be done on the next two Hobbit movies (not to mention, additional post-production work), so this news that Jackson won’t be at Comic-Con this year is frustrating, yet understandable. Then again, the news that Desolation of Smaug is a long ways from being finished might come as words of comfort for some – like those who were under-whelmed by the unpolished effects and footage in the Desolation of Smaug teaser trailer.


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

The final installment, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, arrives in theaters on December 17th, 2014.

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  1. Tough news about ComicCon, but at least we can count on Pete to hit us with the truth straight off the bat. Nothing like a great director with morals. The Battle of 5 armies is gonna Sic! to bad we gotta wait till 2014 for that to come to fruition.

  2. My most anticipated movies of 2014 and 2015!

    A three trillion dollar + trilogy, I think.

    • Doh…I meant three BILLION dollar trilogy.

      • Double doh! I also meant 2013 and 2014.

        Alright, time to take my nap.

    • Ditto. But with corrected amounts and years 😉

      SW7 takes the title for 2015, as I’m sure it would for most people. :)

  3. I feel a bit of frustration from Peter.
    If he wants perfect presentations at Comic Con and because of that he can’t go and show us material, it is possible that this is related to the bad reviews on the trailer’s CGI and prove that the post production is not enough advance to be worth watching.

    • Just sounds like he’s doing a lot of “pick-ups”, as he did with The Lord of the Rings. We are also only five months away from the premiere of the second film, so he probably is quite busy.

  4. These video blogs are so much fun. Really glad there will be more of them.

  5. I always find it interesting when folks complain about CG but have no idea in regards the amount of work it takes to complete spectacular film effects for this desensitized generation. People are so quick to write off the level of effects, without even considering the thousands of educated talented artist that put their heart and soul into this. Weta Digital is one of the top studios in the world, show some damn respect!

    • Well, saying that the CGI was bad in the trailer is not a form of direspect. It’s just a fact.

      I know for sure that when the movie will release it will be flawless but for this first trailer, it is not. I’m not questioning the talent of Weta Digital, just the schedule and pression of Warner Bros.

      Let the poeple work and don’t release half done work.

  6. I love these video blogs so much they’re fantastic

  7. I’m so glad Jackson takes the time to make these blogs. It makes the wait easier – but harder at the same time.

    I’m not too upset about the comic con news, since if you’ve see the special features for the LOTR series, you know the tremendous amount of work that goes into making these scenes, so I’m glad he’s concentrating on having as much time as possible to make the films (and the blogs).

  8. Are you guys kidding, it’s so obvious that there is going to be something at comic con. He’s just setting up a surprise. And not subtly. Really surprised people are falling for it.

  9. The excerpt from Legolas is hilarious.