‘The Hobbit’ Set Video #2: Production Break & Shooting Locations

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:06 am,

the hobbit movies The Hobbit Set Video #2: Production Break & Shooting Locations

Principal photography on Peter Jackson’s two-part adaptation of The Hobbit will recommence in about a month and a half, but that doesn’t mean the filmmaker is off on vacation – or has forgotten about keeping fans updated on his new Tolkien literature adaptation.

Jackson has posted a second video blog from the Hobbit set that offers fans a behind-the-scenes update on the project, to go with the recently-released images of dwarf siblings and Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in the film(s).

While the first half of this video is composed primarily of interviews with Hobbit cast and crew members talking about how they’ll be spending the shooting break, the (more interesting) second half chronicles the efforts of Jackson and Co. to scout-out additional shooting locations around New Zealand.

Between the brief glimpses of the practical Hobbit sets (including the goblin tunnels, where a young Bilbo first encounters the creature Gollum) and the intimate footage of Jackson’s production team as they soar over the majestic New Zealand landscape via helicopters, this new Hobbit video is well worth the ten minutes it’ll take you to watch it.

Check it out (via Jackson on Facebook) below:

Besides it just being cool on Jackson’s part to keep fans updated on the progress of The Hobbit and provide them with an up-close-and-personal look at its production, there’s something quite fun about watching the two films being literally constructed before our eyes. If you’re like us here at Screen Rant, then getting to see the technical side of things (the green screens, camera crane/jib setups, and Andy Serkis fitted up in his motion-capture gear to portray Gollum/Smeagol) is all the more fascinating and exciting to watch unfold in real-time.

These video blogs also offer a good reminder to fans about all the dedication and hard work that is being poured into these Hobbit movies – with the intention of providing us another enjoyable adventure to Middle-Earth. That’s all the more comforting a sign that these films can actually hold their own against the impressive accomplishment that was Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hit theaters on December 14th, 2012.

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

Source: Peter Jackson/Warner Bros.

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  1. That was AWESOME!

    I think I want to book a trip to NZ now.

  2. COOL!!!! This film is going to be great.

  3. There’s also been further production pic reveals of dwarf characters: John Callen as Oin and Peter Hambleton as Gloin


    • That’s more like the dwarves I expected to see. I wasn’t sure about the Dwarves photo that was released the other day. This looks just right.

      Yeah, and NZ looks absolutely breathtaking.

      • Gotta agree, those two have the more “traditional” look I was hoping for. The brothers 3 did look a bit strange imho.

  4. It looks beautiful so far but I’m eager to see Evangeline Lilly in her role.

  5. As excited as I am to see both of these films, I have to say that I am disappointed that they are waiting a whole year to release the second half. It worked for ‘The Lord of the Rings’ because they were each their own story (if you understand what I’m saying) but with ‘The Hobbit’ it WILL feel like half of a story and so having to wait 12 months to see the other half of said story will be like watching the grass grow. In saying all this, ‘The Hobbit Part 1′ is very high on my “Must see of 2012″ list which (for those that are interested is)…

    10. The Chronicles of Narnia 4 (rumoured)(it’s been rumoured the fourth film will be released at the end of 2012, if so, COUNT ME IN!)
    9. Bond 23 (do I need to explain?)
    8. Wrath of the Titans (I was one of the few that enjoyed the first film, then again, I am a sucker when it comes to Greek mythology regardless)
    7. The Amazing Spider-Man (wasn’t a fan of the Sam Rami trilogy, however, I love the dark and gritty look that this reboot seems to be taking)
    6. Man of Steel (I hate Superman! The only reason this is on my list is because Zack Snyder is directing)
    5. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (releases in 2012 where I live. Loved the first, can’t wait for this sequel)
    4. Brave (I love almost every Pixar film and I’m sure this one will not disappoint)
    3. The Hobbit Part 1 (‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy is still arguably one of the best trilogy’s ever adapted to film, I love Peter Jackson’s work and have full faith that he’ll make another amazing film)
    2. The Dark Knight Rises (would be #1 but, there are a couple of reasons that I’m sceptical about this film keeping it from the top of my list (or is it bottom?))


    1. The Avengers (I loved both ‘Iron Man’ films, yes they had some flaws but they were overly enjoyable. Love ‘The Incredible Hulk’ and ‘Thor’and looking forward to ‘Captain America’. Seeing all these heroes on the big screen at the same time is almost an unreal thought)


  6. 1) The Hobbit
    2) The Dark Knight Rises
    3) Prometheus
    4) Battleship
    5) The Avengers
    6) Star Trek 2
    7) Bourne Legacy
    8) Titanic 3D
    9) Total Recall
    10) Man of Steel

  7. 1) The Hobbit
    2) The Dark Knight Rises
    3) The Avengers
    4) The Girl with the dragon tatoo
    5) The Amazing Spiderman
    6) Man of steel
    7) Bond 23
    8) The Wolverine
    9) Star Trek 2
    10) Sherlock Holmes

  8. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. I LOVE these videos. That first one got me so freaking excited. Then the BD EEs, then the new pics, then this. So pumped.

    Been forever since I read the Hobbit. Remind who “Azog” is…

    • He was the goblin king who led the orcs against the dwarves, and killed Thror, Thorin’s grandfather. A younger Dain kills him in the Battle of Azanulbizar near Moria’s gate. His son, Bolg, leads the goblins in the Battle of Five Armies.

  10. Wow damn those Location Scouts, tricky little buggers!

  11. Helicopter maneuvers over new zealand whilst hunting for shooting locations? What a rock star lifestyle.

  12. Watching this 10 minute video blog shows one why Peter Jackson is such a perfect choice for the JR Tolkien film adaptations. Not only does he respect and appreciate the fans (who will ultimately fund the movie and provide a living for all involved in the project thru their box office purchase and related movie tie-in product purchases) and the source material so as to focus on adapting it and not interpreting it (where the director is unable to keep from putting their spin on someones else work) but hes probably as down to earth like as any director today or ever. He also projects an artisans desire for quality on what he produces.

    At least that’s what I got from this video blog.

    It also helps to show why these productions are so expensive and why they take so long. Until this video blog I never realized how much is involved in locations.

  13. next up for Jackson after the Hobbit: The children of Hurin!

    bet you by the end of his life, Jackson will end up directing every story set in the world of middle-earth……… and I’d be perfectly fine with that!

  14. I love that Jackson does these videos. I geek out when watching behind the scenes footage with almost any movie but they take it to the next level here. There were alot of these videos from the 1st series and I’m happy that they are doing it again.

  15. I dont know if PJ will direct anymore movies from the world of Middle Earth after the Hobbit. In just watching this set video #2 u can tell PJ is tired. and who wouldnt be. what was it 254 shooting days, first block of 54 now finished. Thats alot. And each day is an all day affair. Its alot of work. I didnt realize that the Hobbit shooting schedule is just short of the shooting days for LOTR. WOW!!!! Im just wondering how long each Hobbit movie will be. I could see each film being 3hrs 15 to 30 minutes each. And for the extended editions who knows. I hope PJ answers some more of the fan questions soon on his Facebook page.

  16. Thank u Peter jackson for these video blogs. Did anyone else notice that when PJ and crew are scouting locations in the helicopters they fly by a location that looks familiar 5:19/5:20. looks like the place where the fellowship stopped and merry+pippen were sword fighting/training with Borimir and the black birds/bats flew over(spies of saruman) looks identical. Maybe not though. Wow all the locations look breathtaking.
    The Hobbit is going to be great. Plus in 3D.