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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

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug premiere week continues with Production Diary #13!

Peter Jackson Production Diary Premiere coverage, clips, and Q&As not enough for you? Well, you’re in luck. Peter Jackson has updated his Facebook page with the latest Production Diary — picking up from where the last one left off, with pick-up shoots and post production. This time around, we get a great look at Smaug’s lair (look out for a new teasing shot of the great dragon himself!) and Lake-town (including Stephen Fry’s The Master). (more…)

Posted in Crew News, Graham McTavish, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Howard Shore, Locations Sets, Luke Evans, Mark Hadlow, Martin Freeman, MGM, Miscellaneous, New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson, Premieres, Production, Ryan Gage, Stephen Fry, The Hobbit, Warner Bros., WETA Digital

Richard Armitage Talks with Moves Magazine

Richard_Armitage-Moves2 Richard Armitage took time in October to sit down with Move Magazine‘s Elle Morris as part of the press junket for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. They talked about starting up a Thorin cocktail competition, what it’s like for him to live in the Big Apple, and a variety of other topics. (more…)

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

Check out new pictures of Benedict Cumbersmaug’s motion capture for The Hobbit!

These remarkable pictures of Benedict Cumberbatch performing motion capture for The Hobbit appear to be from a yet-to-be-released video blog? Wherever they are from, they are quite amazing. Check out the dots. Check out the facial expressions!

Thanks to all who sent in the news about this! (more…)

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

Jackson’s Weta and Park Road Post snare 3D awards for Avatar and The Hobbit

ANDREW GORRIE/The Dominion Post Two of Peter Jackson’s companies will be among the honorees at the International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society’s 5th annual 3D Technology Awards. The awards will be presented Sept. 18 during a ceremony at Paramount Studios.

The Society’s Lumiere statuettes for technology will be awarded to Weta Digital for the visual effects pipeline it created for Avatar; and to Park Road Post for the 3D high frame rate pipeline it developed for The Hobbit.

Related, a Lumiere will also be awarded to manufacturer SGO for its Mistika postproduction system, which was a key tool used at Park Road Post for its 3D high frame rate pipeline.

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Posted in Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, Production, The Hobbit, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

Happy Hobbit: Complete SDCC Coverage

We are happy to share with you our complete coverage of the happenings at Comic-Con 2013! Check out the video series below!

Meet The Hobbit Artists

Meet several of the artists who worked on The Hobbit and learn more about what they’re up to, along with several other talented folks at Weta, including Greg Broadmore and the comedic antics of Daniel Falconer! [Happy Hobbit Goes to SDCC: Meet the Hobbit Artists]

(more…)

Posted in Artwork, Books, Collectibles, ComicCon, Daniel Falconer, DVD/Blu-Ray, Hobbit Movie, Toys, WETA Cave, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop