‘Hobbit’ Set Video #7: A Tour of Peter Jackson’s Stone Street Studio

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2012 at 8:56 am,

Even as “event” blockbusters like Prometheus and Dark Knight Rises loom on the horizon, anticipation is still running high for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. The Lord of the Rings filmmaker has been chronicling the making of The Hobbit, in order to keep the fire burning for his two-movie adaptation of the beloved J.R.R. Tolkien novel (an endeavor which is estimated to cost around half a billion dollars). That series of production diary videos has offered everything from a behind-the-scenes look at the films’ 3D cameras to the elaborate shoot around the New Zealand countryside.

Today, we have a seventh installment in the Hobbit set video series that takes viewers on a tour around Jackson’s Stone Street Studio Complex in Wellington – and offers additional evidence that said $500 million budget (covered primarily by Warner Bros.) is being put to fantastic use.

Peter Jackson, Kiran Shah, and Orlando Bloom on the 'Hobbit' set

These Hobbit production featurettes really put into perspective the immense scale of the project, given the mind-boggling number of production designers, artists, assistant directors, and miscellaneous crew members working hard to keep this venture moving forward at full speed. That’s to say nothing of the sheer size of the green screens, practical sets, and sound stages constructed for these films. Not surprising, the early consensus on the Hobbit footage screened at the 2012 CinemaCon was overall enthusiastic – though the jury’s still out as to whether or not the material benefits from being viewed at high-speed 48 frames per second.

A bit of trivia: Hobbit scale double Kiran Shah (pictured above) has racked up quite the impressive body of work over the course of his 35 years in the biz. Shah’s resume includes roles/stunt work on films like Raiders of the Lost ArkReturn of the Jedi, AliensTitanic, and the first installments in both the Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia series. (Just marinate on THAT list for a moment.)

In case you missed them, be sure to also check out:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in theaters (2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D) around the U.S. on December 14th, 2012.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again will be released in theaters a year later on December 13th, 2013.

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  1. Orlando Bloom is still in movies?

    • And he’s in both the Hobbit movies which makes me wonder what Jackson did to the story to have him make more than a cameo appearance.

      • Well, Legolas is the son of the Mirkwood Elves king Thranduil, so they could easily bring him in for several major plot points with the elves. (I’m purposely not saying when for those that would consider it a spoiler.)

        The books don’t specifically mention Legolas until LoTR, but you could squeeze him in without too much difficulty.

        • I’m well aware of his origins but if I recall, the Mirkwood Elves were exactly in the business of helping anyone and were pretty xenophobic at this point in time. So why a Mirkwood Elf would helping a pile of Dwarves escapes me (and that’s what would have to happen to keep Legolas in the movie for more than just a cameo…..at least until the battle of 5 armies……oh hell, I really don’t want to see him running around filling orcs and wargs full of arrows…..again >< )

          • Jackson is broadening the scope to focus on more than just what is happening on Bilbo’s journey. I expect we will see what Gandalf and others are doing elsewhere in Middle Earth, leading up to the big battle at the end.

            • Um yeah I know that too, thanks. In fact I’m the one around here who first pieced together the clues that Jackson is using “The Quest of Erebor” to broaden the scope of The Hobbit. ;)

              Problem is the Mirkwood Elves STILL have no connection to The White Councils meeting and Gandalf’s journey to Dol Guldur.

  2. What a great way to start my day.
    These videos always put a big smile on my face. :)

  3. I continue to voice my disdain for “heartthrobbing” Kili and Thorin.

    • I see your point, but just let it go. Let…it…go.

      • never…..gonna….happen.

  4. Haha! What a wonderful end! Laughed my ass off!

  5. Kiran as Legolas. EPIC!

  6. haha amazing, Peter really letts that guy play Legolas.
    Seems like a really awesome director

  7. Woah! Wait, was Orlando filming the whole time?! That’s epic.

  8. I am soo excited to for movie but I just hope it lives up to all the hype. Aside for the 48fps issue the consensus has been pretty good.

  9. Just love the soundtrack for these movies…Lord of the Rings and I am sure The Hobbit, too.

  10. this looks very promising and exciting… barrel scenes are slightly changed from the book. cannot wait.

  11. It’s so cool not having to wait for the Blu-Ray/DVD release to watch the behind the scenes clips.

  12. So, what happened to Peter Jackson’s diet?

    One minute he’s Jenny Craig slim, now he’s porking up again.

    • Yeah a bit sad that he is once again sacrificing his health for these movies. He could easily afford to eat healthy but taking time out to exercise is probably not on his list of things to do.

      Guess he figures he can lose the weight again once he is finished?

      • I don’t think getting that big is a result of just not exercising. He probably likes having junk food when in middle earth mode.

  13. The set itself is framed by light wood columns in a color that complement the green walls in the newsroom behind. A large anchor desk, fronted by matching wood and a metal plate … with flat screen that anchor Will McAvoy uses for live interviews. Overall, the set and newsroom have a bit of a tired look, bland look and certainly lacks some of the “bling” that has become so popular on news sets today, though the wide rear project screen is a step in the right direction.

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