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New production video for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit has a surprise appearance

Jun. 6, 2012by: Paul Shirey
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A new production video for Peter Jackson's THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY has just gone on online, featuring another stunning trip through the process of bringing an epic film of this scale to fruition.

Episode 7 journeys throught the various stages, production offices, sets, and wardrobe areas to give you an in-depth, real-world feel for what's going on behind-the-scenes.  The structure of these videos, which is really loose and fun, without the boring talking head interviews and quick cut snippets of footage, is a testament to Jackson's understanding for what these production videos provide and the respect he has for those viewing them.

The tour starts here (and stay tuned for a special guest star appearance!):

Here's the synopsis:

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” follows 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 Oakenshield. 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."

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY debuts on December 14, 2012, followed by THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN on December 13, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: I wish more filmmakers would approach behind-the-scenes production videos like this. Imagine if Whedon had done something like this for The Avengers or Nolan for The Dark Knight Rises...
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7:26AM on 06/07/2012
In a world where the Internet can often take a lot of the mystery and surprise out of a movie; where spoilers and stills are leaked and trailers are released far in advance of the movie meaning that its easy to get tired of hearing about it; its great to see Jackson enbracing the net and using it to provide just enough information about the film he is making whilst still keeping a lot of the mystery and surprise as well.

This is hopefully going to be epic, and for any reason the film is
In a world where the Internet can often take a lot of the mystery and surprise out of a movie; where spoilers and stills are leaked and trailers are released far in advance of the movie meaning that its easy to get tired of hearing about it; its great to see Jackson enbracing the net and using it to provide just enough information about the film he is making whilst still keeping a lot of the mystery and surprise as well.

This is hopefully going to be epic, and for any reason the film is disappointing, these blogs have given a fantastic insight into one of the most seemingly down to earth directors and productions.

Oh and the last clip was just genius :)
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6:51PM on 06/06/2012

Dear God...

The Weta Workshop is what my dreams are made of.
The Weta Workshop is what my dreams are made of.
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4:30PM on 06/06/2012
Beautiful. So that's it? The Hobbit and then no more Middle Earth films? Maybe they should look into making some Silmarillon motion pictures.
Beautiful. So that's it? The Hobbit and then no more Middle Earth films? Maybe they should look into making some Silmarillon motion pictures.
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3:31PM on 06/06/2012

Its nice

to see Jackson has gotten back to a more realistic weight post LotR. During King Kong and Lovely Bones he looked like a freaking skeleton!
to see Jackson has gotten back to a more realistic weight post LotR. During King Kong and Lovely Bones he looked like a freaking skeleton!
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2:55PM on 06/06/2012
I loved the bit at the end. Fucking hilarious! I would watch that movie!
I loved the bit at the end. Fucking hilarious! I would watch that movie!
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1:32PM on 06/06/2012
The roasted horse and skeleton on a spit is pretty gruesome. I love it.
The roasted horse and skeleton on a spit is pretty gruesome. I love it.
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2:20AM on 06/08/2012
to me it looked like a roasted hippo, hope i'm wrong. that would have been insane.
to me it looked like a roasted hippo, hope i'm wrong. that would have been insane.
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12:48PM on 06/06/2012
This is "the" film of the year imo.
This is "the" film of the year imo.
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