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Video: virtual cinematography in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Here’s a really interesting behind-the-scenes clip from the folks at Weta Digital that delves into the virtual cinematography of The Desolation of Smaug.

Apparently, fully a quarter of the film is made of all-CG shots, and this clip describes the typical workflow of developing the camerawork, keyframe refinement and how lighting choices were dictated by the mood of each scene. Thanks to Ringer Sandesh for the heads-up!

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Posted in Hobbit Movie, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, WETA Digital

See how WETA brought Lake-town to life for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Laketown The little behind-the-scenes clip of Orlando playing with his knives was pretty cool, but this is just a whole ‘nother level of “wow”. Thanks to Ringer Smaug the Stupendous for the heads-up!

Click below (run, do not walk!) and see exactly how Weta created Lake-town using a variety of CGI and VFX techniques.

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Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Visual Effects Reel from WETA Digital

The-Hobbit-The-Desolation-of-Smaug-FX-046WETA Digital has released a new video on their YouTube channel, showcasing the multitude of visual effects work done on the second chapter in Sir Peter Jackson’s Hobbit Trilogy – The Desolation of Smaug.

The elements covered range from the Kingdom of Erebor, Laketown and the Woodland Realm to Smaug, the barrel chase, and the CG character animation. (more…)

Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, MGM, Miscellaneous, New Line Cinema, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros., WETA Digital

WIRED goes behind the scenes of ‘Desolation of Smaug’ Barrel Escape — VIDEO

Barrels out of Bond artworkIt became one of the most talked about scenes in Peter Jackson’s second Hobbit film (for both fans and detractors). Now WIRED has posted a new video that gives a behind the scenes look at the construction of the seven minute barrel sequence from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The two and a half minute video discusses the complex editing process as well as the visual effects work done for the sequence. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Miscellaneous, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, WETA Digital

Exclusive look at Weta’s new book ‘Smaug: Unleashing The Dragon’

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This image was slipped under our door deep in our network of mines where TheOneRing.net staff labors to make the internet safe and interesting for Tolkienites. Unable to find the sneaky culprit, we have no choice but to share with the world this exclusive look at page 22-23 from Weta Workshop’s new book, “Smaug: Unleashing The Dragon.”

As you might expect, the book brings readers face-to-face with the magnificent creature created for Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” From the pages we can preview, this is a book with concept art and text from the artists at Weta Digital and Weta Workshop; This spread from Gus Hunter who presents a couple of variations of body types of Old Smaugy. TORn friend Daniel Falconer is the author as he has been on Weta’s previous books about the creation of the Hobbit films.

A larger size version is available by clicking below.

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Posted in Books Publications, Hobbit Book, Merchandise, The Hobbit, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

Bringing Smaug to Life: New Making-of video from Weta Digital

headWETA Digital has released a brand new two and a half minute video exclusively to the The Hollywood Reporter detailing the creation of the dragon Smaug. Thanks to Ringers Makaw, Brandon, Will P., and Jesse for notifying us about the video!

The Hollywood Reporter also spoke to Smaug VFX artist David Clayton (who is nominated for an Academy Award for his work on the film) about the process of translating actor Benedict Cumberbatch’s motion capture performance into the fire-breathing creature you see on the screen in The Desolation of Smaug. (more…)

Posted in Benedict Cumberbatch, Crew News, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Miscellaneous, Other Crew, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, WETA Digital

Oscar winning visual effects artist Joe Letteri speaks with the L.A. Times

Joe LetteriIf you’re a die hard fan of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth adaptations, chances are you probably know the name Joe Letteri. Winner of four Academy Awards, Mr. Letteri has been an instrumental part of bringing the magical world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books to life through the art of visual effects.

Now Mr. Letteri has once again been nominated for his work – this time for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The Los Angeles Times’ Cristy Lytal took some time to ask him some questions ahead of the Oscar ceremony – which will be held on March 2nd. Naturally, the interview focused mostly on the creation of the film’s visual centerpiece – Smaug. (more…)

Posted in Crew News, Events, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joe Letteri, LotR Movies, Miscellaneous, Peter Jackson, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien, WETA Digital

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ wins Annie Award

The-Hobbit-GollumThat mischievous little sneaker known as Gollum (or Smeagol, depending on his mood) has another notch in his belt (er, loincloth). Even 10+ years after making a splash in Hollywood, he just can’t stop picking up awards.

Yesterday, the 41st Annual Annie Awards were held. The Annies celebrate achievement in film and television animation. The award for ‘Character Animation in a Live Action Production’ was given to Jeff Capogreco, Jedrzej Wojtowicz, Kevin Estey, Alessandro Bonora and Gino Acevedo for their work on Gollum in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. (more…)

Posted in Andy Serkis, Crew News, Events, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, MGM, Miscellaneous, New Line Cinema, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Warner Bros., WETA Digital

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ nominated for 3 Oscars

Hobbit Desolation of Smaug PosterThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their nominations
for the 86th Annual Academy Awards this morning, and The Desolation of Smaug received 3 nods.

Best Sound Mixing
Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson
 
Best Sound Editing
Brent Burge
 
Best Visual Effects
Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds
 

Congratulations to the nominees! The ceremony will be held on March 2nd. (more…)

Posted in Events, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Joe Letteri, MGM, Miscellaneous, New Line Cinema, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros., WETA Digital

‘Smaug’ Visual Effects wow at Academy Awards bake-off

headThis past Thursday night, the Visual Effects branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences met to vote for the five VFX nominees at this year’s Oscars. As expected, voters were highly impressed by the frontrunners Gravity and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. But the fellow potential nominees were no slouches either. Presentations of the special effects work behind Pacific Rim, World War Z, and others left quite an impression as well. (more…)

Posted in Events, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Joe Letteri, Miscellaneous, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, WETA Digital

‘Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon’ now available for pre-order on Amazon.com

Smaug WETA Temp CoverDue to be released
on April 1 (no, not an April fools joke), the new book Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon comes from the same wonderful team behind the three The Hobbit: Chronicles books. This release will be 96 pages, exploring the creation of the title character of the second Hobbit film from concept art to digital realization. Final cover art is not yet available, but you can order the book on Weta’s website as well as Amazon.com and other online book stores. (more…)

Posted in Books, Books Publications, Daniel Falconer, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Merchandise, MGM, Miscellaneous, New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson, Production, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Tolkien, Warner Bros., WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug nominated for 5 Critics’ Choice Awards

Critics Choice AwardsThe Broadcast Film Critics Association has announced their nominees
for 2013, and The Desolation of Smaug has received 5 nods for Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Make-up, Best Visual Effects,
and Best Actress in an Action Movie (Evangeline Lilly). (more…)

Posted in Ann Maskrey, Dan Hennah, Evangeline Lilly, Events, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Miscellaneous, Ra Vincent, Richard Taylor, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, WETA Digital