As the release of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey draws ever closer, expect an barrage of trailers, clips and TV spots to begin getting even more intense. Thankfully though today we have some rather lighthearted stuff for you that thankfully won’t spoil anything from the film.
Firstly is a new TV spot which pretty much covers ground we have already seen, but for those desperate to see anything and everything, it fills the gap left since the last TV spot.
More interesting though is a mashup trailer posted on Youtube by Lance Ford. He has used the sound, voices and music from The Hobbit trailer, and perfectly added it to scenes from Richard Donner’s classic 80’s adventure, The Goonies. The timings for the edits are superb, and many of the scenes will raise a smile and a laugh as you revisit your childhood while hearing the epicness of The Hobbit trailer. The blending of the two films could not have been better, check out the trailer after the TV spot below.
Director Peter Jackson was interviewed by The L.A Times Hero Complex, and he discussed creating some of the monsters and also designing the dragon Smaug. He also touched on the 48fps filming, and you can catch the entire three part interview by clicking the link above.
Here is some of what he said:
“Prosthetic makeup is always frustrating. At the end of the day, if you want the character to talk, which a lot of the Orcs and goblins do, you can design the most incredible prosthetics, but you’ve still got eyes where the eyes have to be and the mouth where the mouth has to be. That human triangle, two eyes and a mouth, is very difficult to disguise, no matter what you do with the ears and heads and chins and noses.
One of the things we’re doing on ‘The Hobbit’ — which is definitely technology that we have available now that we didn’t have 10 years ago — we often shoot the Orcs as people in suits but they just have a leotard on their head with motion capture dots on it. A lot of the Orcs even though they’re played by performers, the makeup is going to be CG makeup, which allows me to put their eyes further apart. They can open their mouths and scream in a much more dynamic way than they ever could.”
“The trouble with redesigning dragons I’ve found is… you very quickly can go into science fiction territory, and I don’t want to do that. I want to present the most venal, scary, decrepit, nasty dragon I possibly can.”
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will open on December 14th, 2012.
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will open December 13th, 2013.
- The Hobbit: There and Back Again will open July 18th, 2014.
Directed by Peter Jackson, The Hobbit stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Elijah Wood, Christopher Lee, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom,Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Evangeline Lilly,Ian Holm, Billy Connolly and James Nesbitt.
“The Hobbit” follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
For more on The Hobbit, click here
(Follow me on Twitter)