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

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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