Peter Jackson Masters the Art of Multitasking in New THE HOBBIT Production Video Blog

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has been in theaters for a couple of weeks now, but director Peter Jackson has one last production video diary to share before 2013 comes to a close.  This latest video focuses on the music of Desolation of Smaug, as we see composer Howard Shore discuss the litany of themes that he wrote for the film.  Interestingly, Jackson opted to record the score for the film down in New Zealand at the Wellington Town Hall, where Shore handed the reigns to someone else to conduct the orchestration.  We see in the video that Jackson actually constructed a mini post-production studio in the town hall so he could perform the editing of There and Back Again at the same time that he was overseeing the orchestration of the Smaug score.

Hit the jump to watch the latest video.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is in theaters now, and The Hobbit: There and Back Again will open in theaters on December 17, 2014.

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  • Nomis1700

    I thought the soundtrack was great!

    Really hope that IF they’re ever going to film The Silmarillion, they get Howard Shore back.

    • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

      But of course! Howard Shore is for the J.R.R Tolkien Universe what John Williams is for the Star Wars universe.

    • ʝoe ßloggs

      Chris Tolkein will never sell the rights to The Silmarillion..but his kids might.

      • The Flobbit

        Chris Tolkien is a crusty old bastard who lives off his daddy’s work. We owe him for The Silmarillion and Children of Hurin, but the Histories of Middle Earth are some of the biggest examples of money grabbing in the literary world to be seen.

      • Lovecraftlives

        Quite right, you are sir! There is so much of that bullshit around that if you read everything that he put out, you’d never have the chance to read other great authors such as Michael Moorcock or Storm Constantine. Besides the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings, you just need to read The Silmarillion and Children of Hurin and that would be it. Enjoy those Tolkien books and then go on to something else.

      • The Flobbit

        There is so much good stuff in the several thousand pages of the Histories, but they are buried under pages and pages and pa–…of notes, ledgers, little quips, and more. For instance; “Here my father scribbled the name Eredhion on the margins of the paper, crossed it out, and wrote the name Tulkas, or whatever.”

        There is so much stuff to read through. Somebody needs to make a “fan edit” of everything Tolkien wrote, cutting out CRT’s crap. For instance, The Lay of Leithian, described by CS Lewis as one of the great English language poems of the 20th Century…

      • Lovecraftlives

        But for most people I would just recommend The Silmarillion and the Children of Hurin. You forget that there are different versions of those stories and that is what your getting from all those other books. Yes, they should do a best of collection for people who don’t want to read all that extra shit.

      • The Flobbit

        One of the great “what ifs” is what if someone else, like Guy Gavriel Kay or an editor edited the Silmarillion. We would have gotten a completely different book!

      • Lovecraftlives

        Quite right, you are sir! There is so much of that bullshit around that if you read everything that he put out, you’d never have the chance to read other great authors such as Michael Moorcock or Storm Constantine. Besides the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings, you just need to read The Silmarillion and Children of Hurin and that would be it. Enjoy those Tolkien books and then go on to something else.

    • cosplayfan

      Yes, you are right. I can not agree with you more. Well, to tell you the truth, I am a loyal fan of The Hobbit film. I used to go to the cinema with my friends to see this great film. That makes me very happy and excited. Sometimes, I even want to act as my loved characters in the cosplay shows when I see so many fans buying their favorite cosplay costumes and accessories in the online stores, such as Fandomsky, Moviescostume and other stores to act as their loved characters in their loved cosplay shows. That is really cool and impressive. So, have you ever had an idea like that?

  • ʝoe ßloggs

    Howard Shore did a meh job on The Hobbit series.
    As for Peter Jackson, he should master the art of storytelling first because he’s lost his mojo on that craft.

    • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

      It wasn’t a meh, nor it was a wow indeed.
      But “the adventure begins” was fabulous.

      I think that Howard Shore wasn’t inpired by the tone of the movie.

      • ʝoe ßloggs

        Have you watched DOS yet? Did you enjoy it?

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        not yet. I’m planning to watch it this next tuesday ( the ticket costs less).
        Will let you know. ;)

      • ʝoe ßloggs

        Coolio! Am watching Walter Mitty on Tuesday actually.

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        I have finally watched it in 2D SFR ( the look is very filmic)

        My verdict: A great improvement over the first installment. The Journey is more compelling. There is less “Run! Run!”, less childish jokes, and the sets and props are amazing. Kudos to the designers.
        But I was somehow disappointed by the third act in the Misty Mountain. Smaug wasn’t that scary, and the most disappointing thing was this “Thrain gold statue Trap” . The CGI were awful.
        The strongest character for me was Bilbo.
        I will probably buy the blu-ray to enjoy it again.
        I will give it a strong B.

      • ʝoe ßloggs

        Glad you liked it. :)
        Mitty was better than the C- Matt review.
        A solid B there too.

  • The Flobbit

    Jackson is the most fan-friendly director alive; I know of no other movies that give their fans so much insight into their production process. Let’s give a little of that back by going to see Desolation of Smaug.

    • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

      I love Peter. He is a Hobbit.

      • The Flobbit

        Whereas George RR Martin is a dwarf…

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