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Stuff.co.nz: Hobbit set fires up for new movie shoot

With The Hobbit back in desolation-of-smaugproduction this month, a couple of new sets are up at Mt Crawford in Wellington for a 10 week stint of new and pickup shots:

Fairfax NZ news spoke to to Sir Peter Jackson’s spokesman, Matt Dravitzki, said the site on Miramar Peninsula was being prepared for a few days’ filming as part of 10 weeks of final-cut shooting for the last two installments of the trilogy.

“We’re back filming in Miramar for 10 weeks, here till early July. We will be filming on Mt Crawford for a few days.”

In-case you haven’t noticed, the writer of the article did accidentally type the second movie title as ‘The Demolition of Smaug.’ Mistakes happen! Follow the link for the full article and some new SPOILER imagery.  [Click Here]

Posted in Director Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Eleven Dwarves and a Wizard to Appear at NZ Armageddon Expo

There is a large companyArmageddon Expo 2013 logo of dwarves and a jittery wizard marching down on Wellington weekend June 1 – 3 at the Armageddon Expo. (It just so happens to be the Queen’s Birthday as well!) By purchasing an exclusive “Hobbit Upgrade” ticket you can meet the following Hobbit Cast:

Jed Brophy (Nori), Adam Brown (Ori) Mark Hadlow (Dori), Dean O’Gorman (Fili) Aidan Turner (Kili) John Callen (Oin), Peter Hambleton (Gloin), Stephen Hunter (Bombur), William Kircher (Bifur), James Nesbitt (Bofur),  Graham McTavish (Dwalin).

Also Sylvester McCoy (Radagast the Brown) will be there doing a panel and is signing autographs all 3 days.

Resident hot dwarves Aidan Turner (Kili)  and Dean O’Gorman (Fili) will be signing and hosting photo sessions individually on Sunday only.

Check out the official website for more info! [Official Site] [Tickets]

Posted in Casting Rumors, Conventions, Events, Exhibits, Fans, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Other Events, The Hobbit, Wellington

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Sneak Peek – Full Transcript

It was an interesting journey the filmmaker and Hobbit actorTHE HOBBIT_ AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY-1 Jed Brophy took us on in one hour, we where guided along the stages and rooms of Park Road Post in Miramar, Wellington, to where we finally ended up in Peter Jackson’s’ home away from home the editing room in his traditional bare feet.

Jed was a great host along side Peter Jackson who explained certain things on the way to the editing room, we saw snippets of work in progress, Azog and an Orc in motion capture, some Pre-Viz of Smaug the Dragon, of whom we only saw snippets of in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which is akin to the unfinished Gollum in his first but brief appearance in Fellowship of The Ring, before he was fully realized as a digital character in the Two Towers, he was a mere shadow of himself you could say..

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Posted in Billy Boyd, Cast Q&A, Casting Rumors, Character Q&A, Dominic Monaghan, Evangeline Lilly, Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Peter Jackson, Stephen Fry

Casting Call for More Hobbit Extras

From the Dominion Post: With more scenesOfficial Hobbit Logo being shoot for The Hobbit’s final two films, Three Foot 7 has advertised on Trademe’s Job Search calling for more extra’s. The application form is available for you to download, print and fill out, again they are looking for people with character faces and if you have already applied you don’t need to reapply as they will have you on file.

Applicants need to be available between this month and August and live in Wellington.

Got what it takes? click here for the Trademe advertisement. [Extras Ad]

Posted in Casting Calls, Casting Rumors, Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit Movie Rumors, Production, The Hobbit

Film laboratory that processed LOTR trilogy to close

TV3 reports that Park Road Post’s film laboratorylogo_header is closing, after more than 70 years of  processing New Zealand made films and playing a part in many of the country’s most successful movies. The lab, which processes stock 35mm film, was purchased by Sir Peter Jackson and partner Fran Walsh in 1999 from the government-owned national film unit, and became part of Park Road’s Post Production facilities. The Lord of The Rings trilogy was processed for a total of $7 million, at the expensive rate of a dollar per foot of 35mm film stock – a price which few filmmakers nowadays can afford.

“If you’re shooting digitally…once you’ve got your camera, once you’ve got your memory card or memory stick then really there’s no cost, or very little, and that’s one thing that’s driving people away from film and more toward digital,” says laboratory employee Brian Scadden.

The article goes on to say, ‘Kodak and Fuji are the world’s largest producers of film stock, but because filmmakers are using digital more and more, Fuji’s already stopped and Kodak’s future is in doubt.’  [Read More]

 

Posted in Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, New Zealand

NZ Chance to watch Hobbit Sneak Peak with pre-order

Attention NZ fans! You can now get a chance of watching theTHE HOBBIT_ AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY-1 30 minute live webcast sneak peek at ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,’ hosted by Peter Jackson, if you pre-order The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey from these stores The Warehouse or The Mighty Ape.

There are a limited number of access passes from both websites, with The Warehouse ending this offer at 12pm on 22/03/13. There are  a limited number of 500, so pre-order soon.

The webcast will be held on Monday, March 25th at 8am! NZTime.

 

 

Posted in Contests, Director Rumors, Events, Fans, Film Screenings, Hobbit Movie, Media Reviews, Other Events, Press Conferences, The Hobbit

Motion control operator brings his camera tricks to The Hobbit

Visual effects motion control operator Paul Maple In an interview with lansingstatejournal.com, visual effects motion control operator Paul Maple discusses his work on numerous films and television series and how his programming skills got him work on The Hobbit.

MAPLES is one of a handful of people in the world working as a motion control operator, one of many ways to create visual effects in films.

At its heart, his skill employs computer programming to control a camera crane. And he is good at it, having been nominated for three Emmy Awards.

In the case of Maples’ work on “The Hobbit” and “Star Trek:Deep Space Nine,” the programming can do things like create a twin, make one actor look much larger than another (think Gandalf and Bilbo), and effect different speeds in music videos.

“They’re camera tricks, but it all has to be very precise to work,” he said.

“The 3-D guys can import my camera move data into their computers to recreate my shots in a virtual world. I can also receive moves from them.”

[Read More]

Posted in Crew News, Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, Production, The Hobbit

Peter Jackson to reveal peek at second Hobbit film

desolation-of-smaug The DVD-Blu-day release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on March 19 heralds our chance to get a “first look” at the second installment of the movie trilogy The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Peter Jackson will live-host the sneak peek, which will stream over the internet on March 24 at 3pm EDT.

TVNZ reports that it is believed the sneak peek of the second film will last somewhere between 10 to 20 minutes — but details are yet to be confirmed.

TVNZ says that there is no final word on whether an extended version of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released — but Jackson hinted one was in the works at the Wellington premiere of the film last year.

[Read More]

Bootnote: Somewhat bizarrely, New Zealand Hobbit fans apparently have to wait until May 1 to purchase their copy, while it’s available in the UK from 8 April 2013.

There are several different versions available, all offering different goodies and extras. We recommend this excellent guide by TORn staffer MrCere and Ringer TheHutt if you want to compare the various versions and sets side-by-side.

Posted in Director news, Director Rumors, Events, Film Screenings, Hobbit Movie, Other Events, Peter Jackson

Dwarves marching to Armageddon Expo 2013 this weekend

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There will be four dwarves attending at this years’ ArmageddonArmageddon Expo 2013 70 Expo held this weekend March 9 / 10th at the The Stables, Addington Raceway, in Christchurch, New Zealand.

They are Hobbit actors Dean O’Gorman (Fili), Jed Brophy (Nori) William Kircher (Bifur) and Peter Hambleton (Gloin). There will be signing and photo sessions on both days. On Saturday each actor will hold their own individual panel talk, and there will be a final group panel on Sunday.

For further information, tickets and session times click here

For those who are (Fili) Dean O’Gorman (hot dwarves fans) please note that he is only able to attend on Saturday.

Posted in Conventions, Dean O'Gorman, Events, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, New Zealand, Other Events, Peter Hambleton, William Kircher

Local Coverage: The One Expected Party

Local TV station TVNZ talked with TORn co-founder Chris Pirrotta (Calisuri) during last night’s ‘An Unexpected Art Show.’ The coverage features highlights from the show and information about our upcoming party.

You can still get tickets for ‘The One Expected Party!’ [Purchase Tickets]

 

Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Meet Ups, Oscar Parties, The One Expected Party, TheOneRing.net Community

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ leads Saturn Awards with 9 nominations

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey220px-Saturn_Award is leading this years Saturn Awards with nine nominations announced overnight.  Nominees include Peter Jackson up for Best Director, Martin Freeman for Best Actor and Ian Mckellen for Best Supporting Actor.

Complete list of nominees:

Best fantasy film:
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
LIFE OF PI
RUBY SPARKS
SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN
TED

Best actor:
CHRISTIAN BALE, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
DANIEL CRAIG, SKYFALL
MARTIN FREEMAN, THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
HUGH JACKMAN, LES MISERABLES
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT, LOOPER
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY, KILLER JOE

Best supporting actor:
JAVIER BARDEM, SKYFALL
MICHAEL FASSBENDER, PROMETHEUS
CLARK GREGG, THE AVENGERS
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
SIR IAN MCKELLEN, THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
CHRISTOPH WALTZ, DJANGO UNCHAINED

Best Director:
WILLIAM FRIEDKIN, KILLER JOE
PETER JACKSON, THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
RIAN JOHNSON, LOOPER
ANG LEE, LIFE OF PI
CHRISTOPHER NOLAN, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
JOSS WHEDON, THE AVENGERS

Best Production Design:
CLOUD ATLAS
ANNA KARENINA
LIFE OF PI
DARK SHADOWS
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
LES MISERABLES

Best Music:
LIFE OF PI
FRANKENWEENIE
ANNA KARENINA
SKYFALL
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

Best Costume Design:
ANNA KARENINA
CLOUD ATLAS
DJANGO UNCHAINED
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
LES MISERABLES
SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

Best Makeup:
CLOUD ATLAS
HITCHCOCK
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
THE IMPOSSIBLE
SKYFALL
TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, PART 2

Best Visual Effects:
THE AVENGERS
BATTLESHIP
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
JOHN CARTER
LIFE OF PI
SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

The Saturn Awards, is compiled by officials from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, winners will be announced at a Hollywood ceremony in June (13).

Posted in Crew News, Director news, Events, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Other Events, Peter Jackson, Production, Studios, The Hobbit

Vanity Fair Sketch to Still: Peter Swords King Interview

This week, Vanity fair is looking at Oscar nominated filmscate_king in a recurring feature called “Sketch to Still.” The series focuses on the creative process of making movies. This week they are talking to Oscar nominee Peter Swords King about his work in makeup and hair design for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movies.

The dwarves’ look is also influenced by their lifestyle. “They drink a lot—their manners are really bad at the table. Any person who’s drunk all their lives, their nose is going to get quite red. All they do is eat meat. It’s not a very good diet. They live outside, so they’re beaten, battered, and bruised,” says King.Once the sketches were perfected, the filmmakers began casting. At this point, the hair-and-makeup team fit the actors for wigs, as well as prosthetics.

Read the rest of the article [here]

Posted in Characters, Costume Design, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Production, Make Up, Other production, Production, The Hobbit