New Behind-the-Scenes THE HOBBIT Video Blog Explores the Movie’s 3D; Provides Brief Looks at Scenes from the Film

     November 4, 2011


In the latest video blog for The Hobbit, writer-director Peter Jackson says, “Shooting The Hobbit in 3D is a dream-come-true.  If I had had the ability to shoot The Lord of the Rings in 3D, I certainly would have done it.”  Even if you’re not a fan of 3D, this new video blog does a great job of explaining all the aspects of the technology including the benefits of shooting at 48 frames per second.   There are also cool bits like the concept art being done in 3D and how various departments have to change their approach to accommodate 3D and 48fps.  Even if you’ve seen documentaries like this before, this one is still worth your time because it provides brief looks at scenes from the movie.  There are short glimpses of a dwarf battle, Gandalf leading the party, and a first look at the psychedelic forest of Mirkwood, and other moments that make me excited to return to Middle-Earth.

Hit the jump to check out the video blog, and look forward to the next one where they’ll be moving off the soundstage and shooting on location.  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released on December 14, 2012.  The Hobbit: There and Back Again will hit theaters on December 13, 2013.

Video blog via The Hobbit‘s official Facebook page.

Here’s the synopsis for The Hobbit:

“The Hobbit” follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins , who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey , Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever… Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.


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  • Conor O.

    Terrific, as always.

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  • Chris

    This is going to be amazing! I was the most happy at the very end though when Peter said that they were going to start location shooting. Everything that has been shown has been done using green screen, and I kept thinking of the Star Wars prequels and how unrealistic they looked when all the set pieces were digitally added.

    • IllusionOfLife

      There are just some things you can’t do on location or with practical effects, so digital effects are necessary, in many cases, to make a movie look the best it can be. However, the sign of a good filmmaker is finding the right balance between practical and digital effects. I think Peter Jackson is a good filmmaker, George Lucas, on the other hand, is not.

  • Warpcrafter

    Perhaps Peter Jackson should be persuaded to make a series of science fiction films next, some great big space opera. That would be all kinds of win.

  • John

    48 red epics? Jesus.

  • justin

    awesome video, got a good look at the costumes and scenes. the quality of the picture is going to be phenomenal!

  • aaronsullivan

    Looking great! The first movie had a ton of green screen but that doesn’t mean the added elements are all going to be CGI. LOTR made great use of set extensions using bigatures (giant miniatures).

    I’m just hoping a good percentage of theaters will be up to showing this at 48 fps. Being honest, I just hope it plays that way nearby. ;)

    How did Andy Serkis manage to fit in his fantastic performance in Rise of the POTA while also shooting second unit on Hobbit. I guess he could have finished before The Hobbit started.

  • Gregson

    Amazingly entertaining, has brought me back into the world of Middle Earth as if we never left it 8 years ago!!!
    This will be only the 2nd movie I’ve watched in 3D, as it is truly being shot in true and proper 3D, and not simply a film that has been 3D enhanced after-the-fact. Peter Jackson presents only the best work for discerning viewers. I’m just amazed at how calm he seems when he speaks to the camera. You would think that a man who has this much on his plate (and in his mind) would seem scatterbrained and speaking a mile a minute. He is composed, offers thoughtful insight, and genuinely enthused – and makes all the techno-speak user friendly to those who don’t really understand it. Well done! Now we just have to wait a YEAR!!

  • Bruno St-Jean

    They’re all back! Alan Lee, John Howe.. and Frodo!!!!

  • Andrew

    Gandalf with 3D glasses on = awesomeness

  • Valmo

    Whats the damn facination with 3d… I hope Jackson worries more about making a good film than if it looks good in 3d (which someone forgot to tell him is a cheesy gimmick, apparently).

    • Jose

      Your comment is cheesy.

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  • Otto

    It seems somehow wrong that Tolkein’s decidedly nostalgic vision should be accomplished with digital film and 3-d… Peter jackson got fat again, and the film is going to be an asinine stereoscopic gimmick. At least they seem to be trying to advance 3-d, but I don’t know if I really believe that the results will be anything other than the same headache inducing arrow and jump-scare crap 3-d usually is.
    I’m not much of a purist, but I can’t imagine Tolkien would have wanted 3-d.

  • tarek

    I love two Hobbits: Bilbo and Peter.

    Will see it more than twice for sure.

    ( Luca$, you must take a leaf out of his book ^^)

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    • Jose

      Here is a solution. Dont watch it grandpa. Dont need you to enjoy the most epic movie of all times. Thank you very much.

  • harry

    everybody needs to shut up about how they hate 3D, there are going to be 2D showings y’know like the screenings that have accomponied every 3D film ever released, so stop whining and go see that showing…

  • Michael

    I found myself humming some of the tunes from the films while watching this. I am so pumped for my return to Middle-Earth, and based on what I saw in this video blog it will be well worth the wait. I’m glad that directors like Peter Jackson and James Cameron take the time to do a 3D movie right, rather than wait and shoot the movie and then convert it to 3D in post production, which usually turns out to be a bunch of garbage (example: Clash of the Titans). I think that this, along with The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, is one of my most-anticipated movie of 2012.

  • Jack

    I realise a lot of people liken jackson to Lucas but they’re nothing alike, George is like Steve Jobs he’s pioneered whole industries and heck phe created an entire new world, Jackson didn’t write LOTR he’s a director, they’re not New Zealand films, they were filmed there so what? Tattonine was filmed in Tunisia does that make Star Wars a Tunisian film.
    Peter Jacksons are bad, intact he’s only made like 6 mainstream films prior to that he churned out garbage.
    He’s turned into a greedy kiwi, threatening to not film here in New Zealand if the kiwi crews strikes which was unrelated, he’s also back to his fat stage again I guess the diet didn’t stick, I don’t like the guy and I think he’s totally overrated by a generation that think he created the world of middle earth, no he didn’t he’s a director like Brett Ratner and he’s trying to be Francis Ford Coppola by kicking people off of his productions after they’ve been hired i.e. Ryan Gosling (Lovely Bones) Stuart Townshend (LOTR) he’s a typical angry kiwi geek, hates the popular guys, so now he’s using that lesbian looking actor from the Office as Bilbo, what ashame.
    He’s a hack, he’s not a spielberg he’s not a cameron, anyone could have churned out LOTR with american money and NZ locations with less attitude.

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