Collider recently spoke with Weta Digital senior visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri and visual effects supervisor Dan Lemmon about their work on The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
According to Letteri, their work is going great, and a lot of material has already been turned over to Jackson. Letteri also indicated that the group are trying to ensure titular battle has significant stakes for everyone, and builds a bridge to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
We hope so, that’s the whole idea. You’ve got all these worlds of Middle-earth—when I say worlds I mean the elves and the orcs and everyone sort of coming together in this final battle. It’s got to give you that sense that if this isn’t won, there is no Lord of the Rings; everything’s over at this point. So this has to happen, and that allows the sort of peaceful interlude you have before the next trilogy starts.