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Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Production Diary #13

by Kenny Hoeschen

With The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug appearing in theaters soon, Peter Jackson returns with yet another of his production video diaries, taking us behind the scenes on the shooting of the film. We get to see the initial shooting of Bilbo’s first encounters with the dragon, Smaug. It’s incredible to see the size and scale of the set they used for Smaug’s lair, even though Smaug himself will never appear on set.

We also get to chat with Stephen Fry as the Master of Lake-town. His make-up makes him nearly unrecognizable, but that personality pushes through regardless. If you’re a VFX junkie, just jump ahead to 5:30 to enter the Weta Digital studios, as they figure out how to animate the tons of gold in Smaug’s lair, the giant spiders, and we even get a tiny glimpse of them animating Smaug himself.

Set some 60 years before Tolkien’s Lord of the RingsThe Hobbit follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman. After sleeping on a giant bed of gold and jewels for centuries, Smaug the Magnificent is awoken from his slumber by a small Hobbit going by the name of Bilbo Baggins. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the second film in the Peter Jackson trilogy based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novel.

In addition to Martin Freeman returning as Bilbo Baggins, Orlando Bloom joins as Legolas, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, and Ian McKellen as Gandalf. Evangeline Lilly joins the trilogy as the elf, Tauriel, to defeat the dragon, Smaug, who is voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug enters U.S. theaters on December 13.

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