‘Hobbit’ Set Video #8: Comic-Con & Final Days of Shooting

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Peter Jackson kicked off the 2012 Comic-Con Hobbit panel with the premiere of an eighth installment of his video production diary. It focused on the final five (or so) days of shooting on the extravagant $500 million film treatment of J.R.R. Tolkien’s predecessor to his Lord of the Rings trilogy (principal photography had wrapped a week before the Con got underway).

Jackson has released a clip that combines footage shot during his Comic-Con visit with the aforementioned behind-the-scenes Hobbit material. The first two minutes of the video offer a glimpse at the general Con festivities, such as huddled masses waiting to enter Hall H and see the Hobbit panel (sidenote: this writer was among them) – and, Jackson’s comrades-in-arms at the Con: Hobbit co-writer Philippa Boyens and stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Elijah Wood, and Andy Serkis (who also served as a second unit director).

The non-Con-oriented portion of the latest Hobbit clip shows the production winding down to a close, along with brief glimpses at such cast members as Stephen Fry (playing the Master of Laketown) and Lee Pace working on his movement, so as to convincingly portray the graceful Elf King, Thanduil. Both fan-fave actors will either be largely or entirely absent onscreen until the second Hobbit movie, There and Back Again.

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Jackson, Boyens, Freeman, and McKellen at the Comic-Con 'Hobbit' panel

Attendees were overwhelmingly receptive to the 12 minutes of partially complete Hobbit footage (primarily from An Unexpected Journey) shown at Comic-Con. That enthusiasm is all the more pronounced throughout the fan community as a whole, thanks to Jackson’s continued release of videos that keep people up-to-date on the project’s progress (in an entertaining fashion, that is). It’s for these reasons that tentative talk of a Hobbit trilogy could readily evolve into something more.

In case you missed them, be sure to also check out the remainder of Jackson’s Hobbit set videos (including the last installment, which offers a tour of Stone Street Studio).

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in U.S. theaters on December 14th, 2012.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again opens a year later on December 13th, 2013.

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  1. I can never get enough of these Hobbit production videos! I love ‘em, and I appreciate Jackson’s fanservice!

  2. I’ve always felt, after watching these videos for “The Hobbit” and “The Lord Of The Rings” movies that all these people involved have been the luckiest people on the planet. And I am very envious of all of them.

    I can’t wait for more from Middle Earth.

  3. It’s crazy to think that for a good amount of time and pre-production that Jackson wasn’t going to direct these films…
    I’m a huge fan of del-Toro, huge. But anyone besides Jackson directing these films would have been a sin IMO.
    Like I’ve said before, I like almost all of Jackson’s work but when all is said and done his legacy in film will be what he’s done with TLofR and The Hobbit.

  4. Radagast the Brown, awesome.

    the two “human” Dwarves, not so awesome.

    • You are seriously the biggest whiner I’ve EVER seen on a movie website…like seriously. SMH. GET OVER IT!

      • Sorry but I’m not, “whining”. This is an often misused internet term to show YOU don’t like what someone else has posted and are trying to be derogatory about it. I have yet to see you or anyone else however even try to disprove my assertion (although there have be a few who agree with me)

        Am I harping on it and tenacious about it? yes, because I feel its a blight on an otherwise brilliant looking production but it is not a “whine”.

        This IS SR though (emphasis on the word….RANT) so at this point, all you are doing is “whining” about someone else’s complaint. ;)

        • yes you ARE whining, complaining or w.e you want to call it, same thing. And its typical when someone like you, is called out on it, but you want to play the ” I know you are but what am I” game by saying that IM the one who is “whining”.

          lol ok you want me to disprove it? I can go on any other article that has been posted about the hobbit and 9 out of 10 times you are commenting, mostly and mainly about your dislike towards the look of the two dwarves.

          And here’s the thing, i have no problem with people stating their dislike towards a certain subject or w.e, but its just when you RANT about the same thing OVER, AND OVER AND OVER, AND OVER again…Im just trying to figure you out. Like WHY on EARTH does it bother you so damn much? lol I mean for pete sake man…Does it keep you up at night?? because it must obviously do because thats what you mostly talk about…and don’t say you don’t because you know good and well that you do. 9/10

          and I’m not accusing you of not like the production of the Hobbit. Im GLAD you like The Hobbit. I love it too! but…C’mon man.

          • Drop the word “whine” and I’m cool with whatever because that word is over/incorrectly used on forums. A complaint is different and CAN be legitimate.

            While I might be one of the few on THIS site that mentions it (repeatedly), I can show you pages upon pages where others feel the same way. There are even people on FB who created accounts just to protest the distinctly NON-Dwarfy look of these two. So I am far from being alone on this issue.

            As to why it bothers me and does it keep me up at night……the answer to the second question is no, BUT every time I see the characters in a podcast or a photo op, it brings up my disdain for the look of these two.

            It bothers me though because there was absolutely NO reason to make these two look the way they do. If Jackson had really been trying to stay true to the books then both would have looked dramatically different but Jackson made the decision to make them look like “pretty boys”. There is a lot I have forgiven (like the look of some of the other Dwarves, no nod to the iconic cloak colors, inclusion of Tauriel and a few other things) but these two are, imho, the most egregious sins.

            Thorin Oakenshield is 195 (a long life for a Dwarf is 250 which makes him about 60 earth human years) and head of the LONGbeard clan. So he should be grizzled, old and grey with a long beard but he looks nothing like that. He, out of everyone, should look the most “dwarfy” but instead looks the least.

            Kili – looks more like a short “emo” Elf/Human than a Dwarf plus he should be blond like his sibling. The book states he had a yellow beard, long nose, wore a cloak with a blue hood and played the fiddle. Instead we get Aragorn 2.0

            Let me ask, what if Jackson had turned a major character like Legolas into someone short, dumpy, overweight and bearded with black hair? Doesn’t match the Elf description at ALL does it. This is how many of us feel about these two characters. We want to see the books brought to life as close as they can, so when something like this is done, it kind of ruins and undermines an otherwise great effort imho.

            Now if Jackson was actually willing to admit the reasons why he did it, I might be able to let it go but he remains silent

            I will say one thing about my “ranting”……I don’t make long posts about the subject anymore. I have limited them to one short sentence of personal protest and if you had just ignored it, it would have stayed that way. ;)

            • I have to agree with mongoose here about the dwarfs. It just doesn’t look right. I still think they will play the roles well but visually it doesn’t look as good as LOTR. Even with that aspect I still think these two movies will be just epic. The question will be, can they mirror the success that the LOTR trilogy has had? I have high hopes for Jackson. I hope he delivers and the movie lives up to all the hype. I can see an outcry though if the movie recieves bad press from critics as they did for TDKR

              • I’m not overly enthused by the look of the Dwarves. I’ll get used to it, but they aren’t what I was expecting.

            • Mongoose…is it not true that humans come in all shapes and sizes, with some even looking like dwarves? So what is the problem with dwarves looking different from each other? Seriously, you are W-A-Y too fixated on this. It has become an obsession with you. Let it go.

              • Yes, we humans do come in all shapes and sizes BUT this is a movie based on a set of books that have set the president for how the different races of this world look. Hobbits have a distinct look (short, large hairy feet), Elves (lithe, fair skinned and haired, no beards, like forests) and Dwarves (short, stocky, bearded, like the earth). A movie is not the place to be bucking those descriptions and blurring the line. That’s not what these movies are about.

                So why don’t you answer the question I posed above about the Legolas if you don’t think it’s a problem?

                Plus all the other Dwarves DO look different from each other. That is not the real issue however, it’s that the ones in question don’t match the descriptions at all. Did you just glaze over the part of my post above that describes them? I didn’t just make that up and those are the facts straight out of the book.

                If you can tell me that the Thorin we are presented with in the movie even remotely matches the book description then I will be quiet. Until that time I will continue to voice my displeasure. Thanks.

                and if you think I’m obsessed then I would suggest you reevaluate your use of the word because I’m not. I don’t think about it all the time, I don’t post about it here in irrelevant places, I don’t frequent other sites to post about it, etc. I posted ONE sentence. Am I not allowed to do that? You can choose to either ignore my comments or continue to post about them and draw attention to the issue. ;)

                • arg, “president” should be “precedent”, stupid spell checker.

                • Hahaha. Alright Mongoose. I give you the last word. I hope you enjoy the movie, despite your aversion to a couple dwarves. :)

  5. I can’t even imagine how amazing it must have been for these guys to return to Middle earth. You can tell that LOTR made a huge impact in their lives.

  6. Looking forward to this!

  7. im calling it right now, both hobbit movies, will be the best movies of their respective years, and both will be up for numerous oscar nominations, just like lord of the rings, this return to middle earth is going to be epic and amazing

  8. Nice review..

    Both Hobbit movies are gorgeous and best..

  9. Another great production video. I love seeing all of them.

    But just one thing. What the hell was with the ads in the MIDDLE of the video… TWICE? I can understand an ad at the beginning (which there was, so there shouldn’t have been any more), but to suddenly cut the video and show an ad makes it really annoying.

  10. It never fails to amaze how much work (and talent!) goes into these films.

    No wonder we get so much CG schlock nowadays when to produce a good film is such an arcane art.

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