The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Official Movie Guide
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Journey deeper into the magical world of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, through exclusive interviews with director Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom and principal filmmakers and new cast members, including Stephen Fry as the Master of Lake-town, Evangeline Lilly, who plays Tauriel the Elf, and Benedict Cumberbatch, who reveals film-making secrets about playing the dragon, Smaug.
Richly illustrated with a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes photos of the actors, creatures and costumes, and numerous special effects scenes, this essential guide is an indispensable companion to the second film in the award-winning trilogy.
not to mention Gollum and Peter Jackson. The film doesn’t merely capture the imaginations of Air New Zealand passengers, it goes viral on YouTube, delighting millions of fans the world over. At the time of going to press, it has received over 10.5 million views. Upon arrival, the usually tiresome ordeal of collecting luggage is, on this occasion, decidedly less stressful, since the normally arduous process has been enlivened through the creation of a Hobbit-themed luggage carousel for Wellington
and, sometimes, malfunctioned! ‘They might fight passionately amongst themselves,’ laughs Philippa, ‘but if you’re an outsider and you take on one of them, you take them all on. We loved the notion that, within the group, there are tensions and arguments, but in the end the bond between them cannot be broken: they will rise together and, if necessary, fall together. That’s an interesting dynamic and when you add into the mix a hobbit, who is so very unlike the Dwarves in background and
structures with overhanging tiers so close together that the buildings on either side of the shadowy little alleys are almost touching. When the sun went down, people would close their doors and stay there until morning. The lake is full of ice and a bitter wind sweeps down from the Lonely Mountain. Everything is dark, damp and slightly dangerous. But the re-creation of all this was extraordinary. I’d stand in the Lake-town market square and look out at the sheets of ice and the mist of coldness
simply to turn and smile at someone else …’ Paul Gray, Props Making Supervisor BEDKNOBS & BROOMSTICKS ‘There are not a lot of off-the-rack things that you can get for Middle-Earth!’ That is the understandable verdict of Paul Gray, Props Making Supervisor. If you look up the meaning of the word ‘prop’, you’ll find three definitions, one of which is: ‘An object other than furniture or costumes used on the set of a play or movie.’ In a film such as The Hobbit, props tend to come in all shapes and
just needs to be cheap and mountains of it are needed, we use foam, but if a prop needs to be durable then we make it out of urethane. If it needs to be safe so it can be safely stepped on – like fish on a cave floor – we use rubber.’ Apart from Gollum’s ‘fisheses’, vast quantities of fish were also required for Lake-town: ‘Everything we did reflected each character’s environment and what they did for a living. The people of Lake-town weren’t meant to be wealthy people but fishermen, so we had a