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Peter Jackson gives an update on The Hobbit in a new video production diary

Jul. 9, 2011by: Dave Davis

It's still a long way until December 2012 when THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY wanders into theaters, but filmmaker Peter Jackson is keeping us updated in the meantime with various pics, news and video diaries.

The production is on scheduled hiatus for a few weeks, and the latest video checks in with the cast and crew to see how they'll be spending their breaks.

Meanwhile, no rest for Jackson as he takes off with his fleet of helicopters to find new locations for the various Middle Earth mountains and rivers. (While it's difficult to believe Jackson initially wasn't going to direct these movies himself, seeing some of the tireless work makes it easier to understand how he'd say "I'm not doing that again!" after the LOTR trilogy...)

At any rate, you can see the latest production diary (complete with ever-so-brief glimpses of the sets and footage) right HERE.

Extra Tidbit: Hard to resist humming "Ride of the Valkyries" during that location scout...
Source: PJ@Facebook

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8:37AM on 07/12/2011
Suddenly I'm tempted to go watch LOTR straight through. Watching this gives me the same excitement I felt when I first watched the trilogy. PJ is not only a brilliant filmmaker, he makes the absolute best Making-Of documentaries. The bonus features on the extended dvds are just as enjoyable as the movies. I'm sure the hobbit will be no different. SO STOKED
Suddenly I'm tempted to go watch LOTR straight through. Watching this gives me the same excitement I felt when I first watched the trilogy. PJ is not only a brilliant filmmaker, he makes the absolute best Making-Of documentaries. The bonus features on the extended dvds are just as enjoyable as the movies. I'm sure the hobbit will be no different. SO STOKED
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5:59PM on 07/12/2011
It's not PJ making the documentaries. There are professional "making of" people behind those. For example, King Kong had a whole unit solely for the production diaries.
It's not PJ making the documentaries. There are professional "making of" people behind those. For example, King Kong had a whole unit solely for the production diaries.
9:47PM on 07/10/2011
That was such a great video and solidifies why Peter Jackson is one of the great filmakers. My heart goes out to him and his crew as they tackle another epic set of films that will undoubtedly be future classics.
That was such a great video and solidifies why Peter Jackson is one of the great filmakers. My heart goes out to him and his crew as they tackle another epic set of films that will undoubtedly be future classics.
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3:36PM on 07/10/2011
I am soooooooo grateful that jackson is doing this. His hardwork is going to be appreciated. Expecially when I see each movie three times in theaters, and purchase the blurays, as well as double dipping for the extended editions (if they happen). Since, we have alot of the returning crew, im nearly 100% certain these movies woulnt suck.
I am soooooooo grateful that jackson is doing this. His hardwork is going to be appreciated. Expecially when I see each movie three times in theaters, and purchase the blurays, as well as double dipping for the extended editions (if they happen). Since, we have alot of the returning crew, im nearly 100% certain these movies woulnt suck.
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11:16AM on 07/10/2011

Tickled To Death...

I was wondering when we'd get another one of these (and hints that another may be on the way soon). Great stuff and hairs stood up on the back of my neck when Andy Serkis spoke lines from Gollums encounter w/Bilbo. Sheer magic. Everything looks good so far and some of those location shots were breathtaking.

Yes, yes, yes. More please.
I was wondering when we'd get another one of these (and hints that another may be on the way soon). Great stuff and hairs stood up on the back of my neck when Andy Serkis spoke lines from Gollums encounter w/Bilbo. Sheer magic. Everything looks good so far and some of those location shots were breathtaking.

Yes, yes, yes. More please.
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3:28AM on 07/10/2011
Having Pete back at the helm is a blessing.
Having Pete back at the helm is a blessing.
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1:54AM on 07/10/2011

Absolutly Cannot Wait

I couldn't help but have a huge smile on throughout the whole video. Could be the nostalgia frm LoTR, my increasing excitment, or both. But all I know is that I Absolutly Cannot Wait for these fims to relase!!!!
I couldn't help but have a huge smile on throughout the whole video. Could be the nostalgia frm LoTR, my increasing excitment, or both. But all I know is that I Absolutly Cannot Wait for these fims to relase!!!!
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11:09PM on 07/09/2011
The very best part about this entire video is that a majority of the team from the trilogy is back. Alan Lee and John Howe are back, so the movie will look gorgeous and stay the same.. the script is adapted by Fran/Phillipa again, Dan Henna and Richard Taylor are back as well... and last but not least, Mr. Peter Jackson himself. With all due respect for Del Toro, we needed PJ back to link everything together and give us the exact same feel.

Bonus: He's heavy again :)
The very best part about this entire video is that a majority of the team from the trilogy is back. Alan Lee and John Howe are back, so the movie will look gorgeous and stay the same.. the script is adapted by Fran/Phillipa again, Dan Henna and Richard Taylor are back as well... and last but not least, Mr. Peter Jackson himself. With all due respect for Del Toro, we needed PJ back to link everything together and give us the exact same feel.

Bonus: He's heavy again :)
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3:36PM on 07/09/2011
Very groovy Serkis is directing second unit. Man, 254 shooting days? For some reason, from this distant fan perspective, I just can't feel it. Even with these sneak peaks at the in-depth production I just can't seem to get excited the same way I was for the just-as-if-not-more in-depth original trilogy. I hope that changes... it would be amazing to feel the same magic I felt seeing "Fellowship of the Ring" for the first (and second and third etcetera, etcetera) time again). Well, okay, that
Very groovy Serkis is directing second unit. Man, 254 shooting days? For some reason, from this distant fan perspective, I just can't feel it. Even with these sneak peaks at the in-depth production I just can't seem to get excited the same way I was for the just-as-if-not-more in-depth original trilogy. I hope that changes... it would be amazing to feel the same magic I felt seeing "Fellowship of the Ring" for the first (and second and third etcetera, etcetera) time again). Well, okay, that theme music still gets me there a little bit :P
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3:40PM on 07/09/2011
PSSSSH go figure, I *just* posted that but now that I've said it and gotten it out of my system, I'm already feeling the giddiness welling up. Shame on my 5-minutes-ago self.
PSSSSH go figure, I *just* posted that but now that I've said it and gotten it out of my system, I'm already feeling the giddiness welling up. Shame on my 5-minutes-ago self.
11:12AM on 07/10/2011
Just took awhile to hit you eh? Not bad, and good of you to admit. As for the "original", The Hobbit is it. All other came from this one.
Just took awhile to hit you eh? Not bad, and good of you to admit. As for the "original", The Hobbit is it. All other came from this one.
4:48PM on 07/10/2011
Haha, good call, my bad. Of course I was referencing the order in which the films are coming to us but the way I put it in my comment is awkward, considering. I think, as much as I like certain things Guillermo Del Toro has done, I just never really got excited for a non-PJ LotR movie and that lack of excitement carried over even when Del Toro bid adieu from the project. Anyway... incidentally... love your avatar/username, man :)
Haha, good call, my bad. Of course I was referencing the order in which the films are coming to us but the way I put it in my comment is awkward, considering. I think, as much as I like certain things Guillermo Del Toro has done, I just never really got excited for a non-PJ LotR movie and that lack of excitement carried over even when Del Toro bid adieu from the project. Anyway... incidentally... love your avatar/username, man :)
11:39PM on 07/10/2011
Well, you've got what you want. PJ in charge and appears to be doing things right. Hope your on board now!
Well, you've got what you want. PJ in charge and appears to be doing things right. Hope your on board now!
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