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Peter Jackson has a new HOBBIT Production Diary Video up! Time to geek the hell out!

Hey folks, Harry here...  I love these Production Diaries of Peter Jackson's.   More than any other filmmaker, he truly wishes to help folks to understand the work that goes into making a film of the magnitude of those that Tolkien has inspired.   I saw a twitter message to me stating that the 2nd VIDEO DIARY from the making of THE HOBBIT had been posted.  Watching it just makes me crave these films.   Recently watching the entirety of the Expanded Editions of LORD OF THE RINGS on Blu-Ray - just continues to make me drool for THE HOBBIT.   Thinking about the moment where Bilbo names Sting Sting, and why.    Goosebumps.   Dreaming of Smaug.  I just can not wait to see Bilbo climb a tree to see what he can see.   Riddles in the dark.   The Goblins.  Smaug.   The Spiders.   Just.  Damn it, THE HOBBIT was the first SIGNIFICANT BOOK OF LENGTH that I ever read.   I carved a Rankin/Bass SMAUG in leather and made a wallet of it for my father as a kid.   And that movie is being made.   And most of all, I can't even imagine what it'll look like, because it is literally changing everything about how film can look due to the frame-rate change, which...  I can't seriously imagine the actual visual quality that this film is being set up to deliver.   That has the film tech geek in me dying to just see a demo of how the footage will look on a screen.    But at the same time, watching a doc like this...  it puts into perspective in a not insignificant way, what it is to make a film like this.   It's a lot of crazy logistical nightmares, genuine adventures and top efforts from everyone.    There's something about these videos that make the films feel possible.  And if this is possible, really...  seriously...  what's our problem?

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  • July 9, 2011, 6:38 a.m. CST

    A suggestion...

    by steele8280

    "like" Peter Jackson on facebook and you'll be able to post this earlier, not 12 hours after it was put up (it must have been evening your time). But hey, thanks for a talkback page where we can bitch about 1) How overrated LOTR are 2) How AICN is worth nothing anymore/has sold out and 3) How you fell asleep during Inception. Cheers

  • July 9, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST

    That said -

    by steele8280

    I couldn't agree more. These Hobbit films generate so much expectation that if they aren't perfect they will disappoint. And I for one can't wait to enjoy them :-)

  • July 9, 2011, 6:41 a.m. CST

    And btw

    by steele8280

    1st. 2nd. and 3rd! Boo-ya!

  • July 9, 2011, 6:43 a.m. CST

    I'm working on these films

    by Fineus Fog

    And these videos still excite the hell out of me. I wear my "200 days to go" with pride

  • July 9, 2011, 6:44 a.m. CST

    by skywalter

    Harry brings up a good point about the frame-rate advancements. 3-D is a fad we have to endure every couple of decades; it only hurts the image. I wish more film makers would push the quality of the image, like Jackson is doing here or Nolan is doing with the Dark Knight on IMAX. This movie will look stunning and most people won't realize why.

  • July 9, 2011, 6:48 a.m. CST

    James Cameron's oneupmanship over Jackson

    by lcworld

    PJ bought 30 Red Epic cams fo 3D Hobbitt. Jim Cameron then bought 50 Red Epics. Avatar is not even close to shooting yet. Is it one upsmanship? Does that mean Jim is not using his Pace/Cameron Fusion 3D cams?

  • July 9, 2011, 6:53 a.m. CST


    by Fineus Fog

    I dont think it was disclosed what Cameron was shooting with the Epics - I think it was purely Lightstorm just buying them to have. He keeps talking about 60fps (as if to oneup The Hobbits 48fps)

  • July 9, 2011, 6:54 a.m. CST

    re: demo footage - still not a word on how WETA is handling 48fps

    by justmyluck

    48fps 'warts and all' CG test results has been conspicuously absent from both Jackson (and James Cameron), despite being completely vital to the production. Even a brief Quicktime demo download of an old CG shot, pumped-out ramped-up, as to make AICN posters exclaim "I can't wait"? Hmm. The location scouting looks exhausting...not unlike like a clan seeking new land to settle. It's nice to see Andy Serkis doing second unit, though he looks just as exhausted as Peter. The promo stills of the Dwarfs look great and I have a feeling The Hobbit will be LOTR @ 200%, even at 24fps.

  • July 9, 2011, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Red Epic envy?

    by justmyluck

    I'd venture by that reference camera count that the live action scenes in AVATAR 2&3 are minimal.

  • July 9, 2011, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Location shooting looks incredible

    by elsewhere

    New Zealand really is Middle-Earth. Jackson looks like he's gained a few pounds and oddly enough looks healthier because of it. Fat PJ > Skinny PJ

  • July 9, 2011, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Yeah, that many Red Epics makes sense...

    by justmyluck

    ... when you need to do any slow motion shot both/either live and referenced with a base frame-rate of 60fps with complete interchangeability. I doubt Cameron will dump his own Fusion rig - more likely tweak or upgrade it based on the extensive pre-production and capture. Again, the whole life action life of Jake Sully is now toast, unless the sequels bring in more 'real-worlders'.

  • July 9, 2011, 7:09 a.m. CST

    *live action life

    by justmyluck

  • July 9, 2011, 7:17 a.m. CST


    by teddy_duchamp

    Looks battered! get him to a beach and a barber!

  • July 9, 2011, 8:11 a.m. CST


    by MoffatBabies

    And You're both wrong on a certain level. 3D isn't a fad to endure every so often, it's the way the world is seen (by people with 2 eyes) and a tech to be improved on over the years. They got it wrong before, they got it right (almost) recently. And 48-60 fps will improve 3D significantly. Sorry, 3d isn't going anywhere. Especially after these improvements are put in place. I know it's hard to grasp with all of the vocal bandwagoners pounding it into everyone's heads, but it's a fact. Not going anywhere... not this time. You'll see some fear-based scaling back for a short while... but then the word of mouth will spread and 3d will solidify its place in the film vocabulary right up there with sound and color. If we all watched the world in 2d, I'd agree with you. But we just don't. We just don't. But you're right about one thing... it's fantastic to see people like Cameron and Jackson insisting that we advance image quality, something that film has needed for 50 years yet has not acted upon beyond widescreen and 70mm, then imax. But what sets those last 2 apart is their unfortunate novelty, being treated as a special way of seeing films rather than being pushed as standards. Cheers. No offense intended toward anyone on this subject, but I'm just right. It really is something that has always tended to be very hard to convey with words, the experience of true immersion and dimension. Look at what happened with VR in its early, failed days. No-one who experienced the real deal could properly convey the sense of being in a place rather than just playing a game or looking at a simulation. It's nearly impossible. And as soon as we had a couple of big failures (Virtuality, not the movie, the centers, and Nintendo's poorly designed failure Virtual Boy) the entire prospect of seeing development of VR in the consumer space was completely abandoned. I don't see that abandonment happening again, especially with big movies like The Hobbit films and the next Avatar films in the pipeline. Do you honestly think anyone would accept an Avatar sequel in 2d? Not when its a followup to the most successful film of all time. The death of 3d is a pipe dream, a fantasy to rival anything written by Tolkien.

  • July 9, 2011, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Behind-the-scenes stuff can be epic!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Its like being there and being part of the filming! I love shit like this!

  • July 9, 2011, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Epic video

    by Majereuk

    You know a movie is on the way to being epic when you get shots like those in a production blog. Awesome scenery. I am concerned about Andy Serkis. It appears his hair is trying to eat him. Nice to see a few names I'd forgotten about too, like Sylvester McCoy and James Nesbitt. Sir Ian McKellan has clearly reached some hardcore realm where all he wants to do is work- doing a play in the 'break' in shooting. Relentless!

  • July 9, 2011, 8:49 a.m. CST

    120fps or I'm not interested.

    by Simpsonian

  • July 9, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST

    unashamed uber-fan of LOTR movies and now this looks fucking epic!!!

    by sam jacksons wig

    Some of the most interesting things were the images in the backgrounds- the costume design for what looked to be, maybe, Elvish Warriors behind the bird going to Vegas? Martin Freeman on the telly wandering through a forest- the bit with the spiders perhaps? The blotted out images when Richard Taylor is with PJ- what the fuck WAS that? And getting to see Serkis as Gollum in MoCap crawling around the cave was a thing of splendor!! December 2012 cannot come quickly enough!!!

  • July 9, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    I just have to say that the two scenes...

    by Horgy

    The scene with Bilbo and Gollum, and again with Bilbo and Elrond,both made me squeel a little inside. I'm pretty fired up for this movie.<p> As for people worrying about the 3D, the CGI, any potential changes to the script, whatever, I just say the same thing I've always said for movies like this: This movie could be directed by Jesus Christ, with the script written by the reanimated corpse of JRR Tolkien, in 9000fps perfect 3D the point where you actually have to look behind you, with a real dragon in it, with free popcorn and naked girls in furry feet giving out massages, 50-dollar bills and cocktails in the theater, and still people would find things to bitch about on AICN. So, I take the complaints as read, and just enjoy the movie on its own merits. Enjoy the show, folks.

  • July 9, 2011, 9:19 a.m. CST

    How will my TV display a 48fps movie?

    by Prydie

    I have a 100Htz TV that can display 60, 50 & standard cinema 24fps. How is 48fps gonna work without there being some kind of interpolation? Can anyone help me or am I up for a new TV?

  • July 9, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST

    New Zealand

    by proevad

    Drill Baby Drill! Look at all that wasted space.

  • July 9, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST

    These WETA special effects are blowing my mind already!

    by MaulVader

    Either that, or Peter Jackson is finding the weight he lost after the Rings trilogy.

  • Still, I have to respect the passion and dedication he puts into this. For him you can see it is truly a labor of love.

  • July 9, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST

    RE: Prydie

    by OgieOglethorpe

    It won't. You'll be due for a new TV, but probably not for another 6 years. When released on home video, it'll be 24FPS. There'll be two different "prints" going out to theaters.. one 24 and one 48. It'll be like 3D when it first came out... most theaters won't even be showing the 48FPS version. I know one thing for sure, I'll be seeking out the best local theater I can that will showing the 48f version!

  • July 9, 2011, 10:10 a.m. CST


    by lochkray

    I'm not completely sold that you're right. Not to say that its going away anytime immediately, but it is still not as close to perfection as you would suggest, or likely to get there anytime soon. People see in 3D - absolutely correct. But film projection is 2-D, and any 3-D image is an illusion. An effect to make it approximate 3-D, and as an approximation, it will always fail when compared to the real thing, and I think people may start to eventually walk away from the effect. It dulls the image, makes it difficult for the eyes to adjust to quick shots, causes headaches in a significant percentage of the population, and you have to wear glasses. I don't know if they're ever going to get rid of those issues. Sure Transformers 3D is raking in huge bucks, but 3D in general is dropping in popularity. Meaning that eventually, studios are going to weigh the extra costs of 3D film production, and dual distribution, against potential additional revenue. Then we'll only see occasional movies shown in 3D. Your Avatars or Transformers, maybe your odd gimmicky Piranha, and then I think you may see it fade away again. Maybe it won't. But your assertion that it is here to stay, period, is not necessarily a foregone conclusion. I mean, really, if you want to see something in true 3D, without having to wear glasses or worry about image brightness, you have to go see a play.

  • July 9, 2011, 10:10 a.m. CST

    THX for posting this, Harry! Keep telling us!

    by dead youngling


  • July 9, 2011, 10:16 a.m. CST

    FIVE choppers to scout locations!?!

    by TheManWhoCan

    Disgracefull waste of money. Who the hell was in them anyway? Investment bankers and their wives? Five!!!!!???!!!

  • July 9, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Only 48 fps?

    by Darth Binks

    Screw that! Let's bump it up to an even 200. Let's show all the frames! Maybe a billion frames a second. Or trillion. I want more frames per second than reality.

  • July 9, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Can't let those pounds sneak back!

    by George Newman

    I love every little detail I can glimpse. I didn't know that Serkis was directing the second unit--that's awesome!!

  • July 9, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Peter is fat again

    by janitorz

    Yay! I think King Kong would have been that much better if he had kept some of that Hobbit fat.

  • July 9, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Movieworthy moviemaking

    by Dreamfasting

    Absolutely amazing diary - the emotion of a huge project, the scale of the logistics, the number of moving pieces that have too all end up assembled in the right place at the right time. It's inspiring and terrifying to watch. The quest to make these movies is as epic as some movies that get made.

  • July 9, 2011, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Cheers, Ogie.

    by Prydie

    Kinda makes me wish PJ pushed the FPS up to 60 so when it comes on Blu-Ray we could all get a chance to see the films in their intended native frame rate. Given their track record I don't think any of my local theaters will screen this in 48fps.

  • July 9, 2011, 10:32 a.m. CST

    fao: horgy

    by carey adams

    You're absolutely right, but the internet as bastion of all things cynical is hardly new. This place especially. It's funny because the talkbacks make this site what it is, not the news (often belated or just rehashed from deadline / variety), and they have been awful for the last five years. The best praise you find here is faint or backhanded.

  • July 9, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Gaining weight again?

    by mascan42

    Does it look to anyone else that Jackson is starting to put all that weight back on again? He looks at least 30 pounds heavier than in the last video blog.

  • July 9, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    That's awesome that Serkis is doing 2nd unit!


    He's becoming quite the techie these days...with his work on Apes as well. Man, it's weird to see this stuff...I've been binging on the LOTR Blus the last few days...just watching the ROTK appends last night...and here now is The Hobbit. Weird.

  • July 9, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    I'm a location scout/manager

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    I'd give my left testicle to get to go scouting by helicopter.... let alone five! lol I feel classy when I can take them out in an air-con bus.

  • July 9, 2011, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Fat Jackson = good movie

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • July 9, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    You can't watch 48fps on TVs, only some cinemas

    by spader

    Guys, the blu-ray format only supports 24fps at 1080p, and 50 & 60 fps at 1080i. In short there is no way to watch 48fps on your TV - it will be downconverted to 24fps. The same is also true for most cinemas - the projectors do not support 48fps, so very few of us will ever see The Hobbit in 48fps. I think this is good as 48fps will make the film look like it was filmed on video, it is not a nice effect imho.

  • July 9, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Entire cast and crew except Ian McKellen:

    by judderman

    "I'm gonna go home, get drunk, sleep in, and have a weekend in Vegas". McKellen: "I'm taking a 30 hour flight to London, where I'm doing a play". How much older is that guy than everybody else?

  • July 9, 2011, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Just...amazing. Feel emotional.

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Gonna be epicness all over again. When I saw ROTK in the cinema for the first time and wept like a baby, I was crying because it was all over. Sure, I was looking forward to the DVD's etc. but nothing beats seeing a movie (or movies) like this on the BIGGEST screen and knowing I have TWO more LOTR's movies to fall in love with is just a great, great feeling.

  • July 9, 2011, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Putting the homeless guy in charge of your 2nd unit

    by proevad


  • July 9, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Please read this if you still think 3D movies are the way we see things

    by ScreamingPenis excerpt: "The biggest problem with 3D, though, is the "convergence/focus" issue. A couple of the other issues -- darkness and "smallness" -- are at least theoretically solvable. But the deeper problem is that the audience must focus their eyes at the plane of the screen -- say it is 80 feet away. This is constant no matter what. But their eyes must converge at perhaps 10 feet away, then 60 feet, then 120 feet, and so on, depending on what the illusion is. So 3D films require us to focus at one distance and converge at another. And 600 million years of evolution has never presented this problem before. All living things with eyes have always focussed and converged at the same point. "

  • July 9, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    I love these vids...if only to stand in awe of the waste...

    by conspiracy

    No wonder today's movies cost upwards of $300M to make...just look at the waste that goes into film making these days. 17 ppl all armed with cheap handheld Cameras and 5 Helicopters just to scout locations? Come on for Fucks sake. I bet he didn't have that self indulgent and costly bullshit when he was making the LOTR...and those turned out just fine. And If I ever hear another actor or production person talk about how fucking exhausted they are I'm gonna personally fly the remnants of Al-Qaeda on set. work MAYBE 12-15 hours a day, but most of that time is spent just standing around or fucking jacking off and Ain't like you are pulling a double shift at a coal mine; get a fucking month off between shooting blocks...AND you get paid somewhere between very low six to low eight figures to do all this "Hard" work for 254 days...and you have the nerve to sit there on camera and rub your face and do your best to look like you actually did something other than fly or be driven around New Zealand or sit in a chair and give a few directions while some assistant handed you cup after cup of hot tea and blew you? What a fucking bunch of pussys... With that said...I AM looking forward to these films...even though I still can't figure out why Jackson felt the need to add characters into this adaption.

  • July 9, 2011, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Jackson is a method director.

    by Ingeld

    In order to film hobbits and dwarfs he must look like a hobbit and/or dwarf--hence the weight gain. I am not sure what Serkis is going after with his look--=perhaps the stone troll look--may be that scene is what he is directing.

  • No whining, no bitching, no overwrought physical actions to indicate he was tired...just the statement that basically said. "Yes...I work with a bunch of Whining Fucking cunts; but I'm a pro and not that tired so I'm gonna go do some MORE work while on break while these fuckers bitch and blow their wad". McKellen is hardcore

  • I want to hear that the man filmed his scenes and will be in the movie! Messieurs Lee and McKellan, I doff my hat to you.

  • July 9, 2011, 12:18 p.m. CST


    by proevad

    bout time someone said it.

  • July 9, 2011, 12:18 p.m. CST


    by teddy_duchamp

    I reckon The Mckellen doesn't even sleep he just keeps working, when pj says cut he keeps going, even when the set is closed for the night he's still there fine tuning his part in the scene or knocking out 600 press ups Mckellen is the new chuck Norris.

  • July 9, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Dunedin shout out!

    by MrDexter

    cool - I went to the University of Otago many decades ago.

  • July 9, 2011, 12:20 p.m. CST


    by teddy_duchamp

    or maybe the Stone-d troll? The cat looks like he's smoked a thousand joints in one morning

  • July 9, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    This is where PJ belongs!

    by notcher

    I wasn't a huge fan of either of the films he made since LOTR. But it seems to me he's in his element on that set and even these production diaries are excellent. They really allow us onto the set without too much "secrecy" and let us share in the films making. Very well shot and edited and I'm excited about not just the movies, but these diary videos over the next year or two while we await the movies arrivals. Keep it up PJ!!!!!! Damn, wish i could work on those films!!! I'll give PJ fucking massages during filming if that means I can be there.

  • He's certainly a fine director. But once upon a time, this dude was just bubbling over with crazy creativity and his gnarly little hilarious gorefests were truly something to behold. Now it's been over a decade of nothing but adaptations of other people's work. "The Frighteners" is the last Jackson film I can say I truly loved.

  • July 9, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    PJ putting on weight...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    Fat PJ = good movie. Skinny PJ = mediocre movie.

  • July 9, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Please read this if you still think 3D movies are the way we see things

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy mean the tirade Roger Ebert wrote that was proven to be nothing but uinformed bunk? Okey Dokey. 3D isn't an exact simulation of how we see reality (and never claimed to be), and nor is any kind of cinema, but ol' rubber jaw will jump on anything that feed his misguided bias.

  • July 9, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST

    48fps per second makes the film look like video?!?

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    You're clueless. Also, cinemas don't need to be 'equipped' to project this frame rate. No new projector hardware is needed, only software updates which all theaters can easily acquire.

  • July 9, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST


    by IKilledSuperman

    getting fat again.

  • July 9, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST

    The Hobbit was my first significant book of length too!

    by sweeneydave

    I remember getting so excited when I found out they made sequels.

  • July 9, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST


    by tomdolan04

    Despite saying it harshly, it is fuck annoying that these people are like 'waaah the tiredness, waaah the hours'. <p> The amount of struggling actors, let alone mere 9-5office flunkies, that would kill to be in their shoes earning that level of income for a comparatively short working year doesn't bear thinking about <p> Oh and Mckellen is God. That is all.

  • Fuck these entitled whiners.

  • July 9, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    IMAX 3D for The HOBBIT

    by mattforce7

    Not for the entire thing, but lets say a certain closing sequence? And not the B5A, but Shooting the Smaug scene in IMax would be so perfectly epic. YOU KNOW IT TO BE TRUE

  • July 9, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST

    I'd work for free cleaning porta potties if it meant

    by JestaFool

    I would be working, doing something for The Hobbit. I'm sure plenty of you others would also. Could you imagine showing up in the morning and seeing Peter Jackson and Ian Mckellen, who cares if it's to clean up the piss on the floor in the bathroom. Plus it would look good on a resume. I'm tired of all these college grads competing for the same McJob as me. I want to say hire me, I worked on the hobbit bitches!

  • July 9, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST


    by Mel

  • July 9, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST


    by Mel

  • July 9, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST


    by Mel

  • July 9, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    @fustfick well said

    by KilliK

  • July 9, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    I know why there have only been 2 of these diaries...

    by Mel

    PJ ate the other ones

  • July 9, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    @conspiracy well said

    by KilliK

  • July 9, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Hard work?? Look at Martin Freeman...

    by performingmonkey

    Not only is he the main cast member in these movies he is also working his ass off as Watson in the BBC series 'Sherlock' while most of the rest of the Hobbit cast get a break!! Seriously, Martin IS Bilbo. That piece of casting had been talked about for years before he was announced. Del Toro wanted Martin too. Thank god Jackson worked the schedule around his and Mckellen's other commitments as they are the perfect Bilbo and Gandalf. They could cast fucking Olivier as Thorin Oakenshield and Brando as Smaug but it wouldn't have meant shit if they didn't get those two old friends, two of the most iconic characters in fiction, 100% right.

  • professionals for some time now.Just accept it,wether you like it or not 3D is here to stay.

  • July 9, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    =FIVE choppers to scout locations!?!=

    by KilliK

    It this kind of provocative shit that terrorists watch and then they start throwing bombs left and right.

  • July 9, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Andy Serkis!

    by blackwood

    Nice to see him directing second unit. He's co-directed the two Ninja Theory games (Enslaved; Heavenly Sword), and also acted in them. I am a fan. It will be cool if he makes the transition. Man is very talented.

  • July 9, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    It could be 1,000,000 fps...

    by MJohnson

    ...and it still wouldn't save Avatar's shitty-ass story.

  • July 9, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Worried about them making stuff up - but excited

    by FrodoFraggins

  • July 9, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    For the love of god

    by Manatee

    People need to stop saying this "We see the world in 3-D" bullshit! Yes, we have the capability to see in 3-D, but we predominantly use ONE FRICKIN' EYE! We use 3-D primarily for depth perception. Watching films in 3-D is not a "natural" process for humans, and it probably never will be. It causes us to constantly re-adjust our depth perception, which is why so many people get crushing headaches after watching a 3-D film.

  • ... when he hopped that stream! Did you see it? Can you imagine if he put 6 inches of that branch into his brain? I know this is totally the wrong thought process one should have, but I immediately thought, "oh, well, so much for the hobbit." PJ, watch yourself big guy! Jesus you should just bring a quad with you if you are that shitty in your boots.

  • July 9, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST


    by lookylookymoontard

    Please stop talking from your Anal passage,it's emitting an awful odour,perhaps shutting up would help? Savy? DICK

  • July 9, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Here's what needs to happen with 3D (scaling)

    by Mel

    The problem with 3D is that it essentially puts you sitting where the camera was. So when you're in a theater, chances are you're a lot farther away from where the camera was. Also, the screen size isn't the same as "real life" So we need technology that scales everything based on where you are sitting - so that your TV is like a window and the 3D stuff is happening on the other side. As if you were really watching a movie out of a widow on your house. To me, that's the only way 3D dominates...we need that scaling. Then I think our eyes will be able to handle it better (since it will have a more natural effect).

  • July 9, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    I give Andy Serkis' directors beard a 4/5

    by Mel

    It's pretty wooly. It seems like he went a bit overboard to get his point across.

  • July 9, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST


    by Jonathan Hicks

    I would be working, doing something for The Hobbit. I'm sure plenty of you others would also.

  • July 9, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST


    by Jonathan Hicks

    Honestly, these talkback forums are bollocks.

  • July 9, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Question: will all theaters be able to show...

    by jimmy_009

    ...the increased frame rate?

  • July 9, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST


    by mattforce7

    You know you all want it!!!

  • July 9, 2011, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Giving the cast a 4 week holiday is good but it can also be bad

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    I can see the headlines now "Hobbit cast member killed in plane crash" Or even worse"Ian mackellon dies of old age" Seriously why stretch out filming long enough for deaths to happen

  • July 9, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST


    by CT1

    Jackson almost ate it with a stick through the eye into the brain, what a beautiful magnificent miracle the human body is, so elegant and graceful and truly wonderous to watch in motion, how nice to watch this beautiful creature as he's unable to stop the bulk of his own bloat as he lumbers and stumbles helplessly towards his own death. *crew laughs in Jackass-like manner as leader barely avoids a Steve Irwin-like death*

  • July 9, 2011, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Yet again, Harry still refuses to acknowledge ...

    by nico_laos

    ... that 'cannot' is one word. And I will keep pointing this out until this 'writer' gets it right. Didn't Harry publish a book?

  • July 9, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST

    3D's that simple

    by Rupee88

    If you saw Avatar or even Beowulf and didn't get it, then there is just something with your eyes. IT looked awesome to everyone else.

  • July 9, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    For those of you that don't like 3D...

    by vroom socko

    these might be handy:

  • July 9, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Whiners? Bitching?

    by J.B.M.A.

    You people are frankly very odd. Nobody in this video is unappreciative of the position they are in. They aren't moaning - filmmaking IS exhausting. That doesn't mean its to be equated with sweatshop work at an Indian clothes factory, but nobody there is wandering around with a camcorder poking it at people and asking them how they feel at the end of a heavy production run. If you did the same thing in most jobs you'd get similar answers. I don't understand this ludicrous notion that if people who are tired say they are tired (and you only have to look at Jackson and Serkis) they are suddenly rubbing dirt in the faces of the worlds poor. We all need reality checks now and again, but really... Cos no-one on here has ever settled into the beers on a friday and indulged in the very human pursuit of celebrating the end of a long week, right?

  • July 9, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST


    by Madcapper

    That's some good, honest words dropped in the talkback about the moaning and whining from some of these guys. i don't doubt it's hard work actiong in these films, but it's not like exposing yourself to radioactive waste in order to feed your kids. An extreme contrast maybe, but hey...

  • July 9, 2011, 8:33 p.m. CST

    really cool video


    I rarely watch stuff like that but I watched the whole thing. I love the LOTR films, can relate to Harry saying these video make you crave to see the Hobbit. I had forgotten they were doing this in 3d. Seems like an odd choice, I don't know, the LOTR films are so epic and feature a lot of open, sweeping landscape shots. I'd prefer to see those in 2d. I wasn't swept away with Avatard, either. I'm not anti-3d, though. Who knows, maybe I'll check it out in 3d.

  • July 9, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST

    5 scouting choppers was for one reason only...

    by BubbaDestructo satisfy the exacting standards of the_choppah.

  • July 9, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST


    by redteeb

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! 3D? We see things in 2D, with an illusion of 3D. The 3D in films is NOT realistic. Hate to break it to you, but it's a bulshit marketing ploy. And you fell for it. 3D is the death of cinema. NOT the saviour. It's the moment the audience wakes up and says "hang on a minute, we're being fucked in the ass here!!!" It's true, oh yess.... Here's an idea, film about making some good original films?? You know, ones where I can't guess the plot in the first fucking 1 minute??? You might get a bit of longegevity that way no?? Sure you won't be able to keep your nice pool house in LA and the 6 figure expense account, but then, your kind has been dying out for a long time. I don't regret your passing. Avatar was shite. Yeah, that's right, utter shite. 3D? Jim Cameron couldn't direct his way out a fucking paper bag, the last good film he made was the 1st Terminator and that was fucking YEARS ago. And that auld shitehawk is trying to get everyone to buy into his technology? Well FUCK HIM. Let it die. Cinema is dying on it's arse, in the next 2 or 3 decades it will disappear. And that, my friend, is the fact. Shame, I would've mourned its passing were it not for the absolute shitehawks in charge at the moment. Oh well. True art will live on, and cinema will pass on to dust. Good riddance, I tell thee!!! And on to what comes next!!!

  • July 9, 2011, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Yeah, its real nice

    by redteeb

    theyre shooting in a higher frame rate or whatever, but IS MY CURRENT EQUIPMENT GOING TO BE ABLE TO SHOW THISSS??? If not, FUCK IT!!! I DON'T CARE!!! I cannot be arsed buying more shit to be able to watch a movie "how it was intended!" JUST FUCKING MAKE A DECENT MOVIE!!! Then I will pay to see it!! Fucking film company douchebags. End of.

  • I think I'm going to skip these for now and maybe altogether. I was more than pleased with the LOTR trilogy, so I have a good amount of faith that these pics will AT LEAST turn out OK. So with that in mind, I think I may actually try and go in as blind to the production as possible. It hasn't really been very difficult to take that road thus far.

  • July 9, 2011, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Harry, fix these talkback bugs.

    by Laserbrain

    A lot of comments in this forum are showing up with an unmistakable green tinge. It's really fucking off-putting.

  • July 9, 2011, 11:49 p.m. CST


    by nico_laos

    I see minorities in his movies all the time ... They're called 'white people'. Think about it.

  • July 10, 2011, 12:32 a.m. CST

    You have my sword. And you have my bow. And my BAN-HAMMER!

    by Darth_Kong

  • July 10, 2011, 12:38 a.m. CST

    the 3d effect is certainly not realistic


    It's a bunch of 2d planes perceived at different distances. Which looks kinda cool in some situations, and is totally worthless in others. It's a little bit blurry. Cinema is going to die in 2-3 decades? Thanks Nostradamus, got any other urgent predictions? Cinema can't die. Just like rock n roll baby.

  • July 10, 2011, 1:20 a.m. CST

    I was never a huge fan of the books

    by Teddy Artery

    but Jackson made me a true believer with the LOTR trilogy. The Hobbit will be his crowning achievement.... that is, unless he decides to tackle The Silmarillion. :)

  • Making a movie sitting behind large monitors. Crying about tea up a mountain?? OMG. Five helicopters?

  • July 10, 2011, 2:34 a.m. CST

    10:23 into the video

    by ryan

    i feel like that's sauron's necromancer form, in fact i wouldnt be surprised if they put that in the video blog intentionally to give viewers a little glimpsed. how can anyone not get hard to this shit?

  • July 10, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST


    by leanmeanADmachine

    I'm a 2nd AD with 10 years on set and I become geeked out, giddy 12 year old when i watch PJ's production diaries.

  • July 10, 2011, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Only five Choppahs?


    Fucking amateurs.

  • July 10, 2011, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Oh God

    by proevad

  • July 10, 2011, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Jackson a racist?

    by Ingeld

    Who else but Jackson has hobbits in his films? Those little guys can't get work anywhere else. Think about it.

  • July 10, 2011, 8:45 a.m. CST


    by MandrakeRoot

    You sound like a bitter douche. Then again, it takes no skill to whine. Hate Cameron all you want, but he is indisputably a pioneer. That's not opinion - it's fact. All we can conclude about your idiocy is that you wouldn't know talent and good cinema if it sprayed you in the eye...a sensation your clearly familiar with.

  • July 10, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    200 days to go?

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    sad reality about humans, even when we have a dream job we still have a countdown of how many days of work to go we always want what we don't have and rarely appreciate what we do have. Can imagine a porn star saying something like "what I still need to fuck 2 more beautiful women today?"

  • July 10, 2011, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Blade Runner Infiniti

    by Josh

    The cat has been let out of the bag. On the set of Blade Runner Infiniti:

  • July 10, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST

    cotton_knight...Peter Jackson has had a film with minorities in it

    by Bobo_Vision

    Remember the savages in King Kong?

  • July 10, 2011, 10:28 a.m. CST


    by redteeb

    I'll forgive your childish insults of my character, as I was clearly being a douche, tonally, last night. But while Cameron is a pioneer technologically(and that is certainly indisputable), I just wish he could engage me on an emotional or even on a plotting level nowadays. And saying I get sprayed in the face often(and so fucking what if I did?) doesn't change my opinion that 3D is an utterly rubbish fad(certainly in the way it is at the moment). And I think it's leading the film industry down a blind alley. And despite being a dick last night with my "the film industry will die and I'm happy to see it go" bullshit....I actually don't wanna see it go, and kind of hope it doesn't shoot itself in the foot here.

  • July 10, 2011, 10:29 a.m. CST

    PJ write a management book

    by Ilove Tacos

    Do it as soon as the movies are finished.

  • July 10, 2011, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Sylvester McCoy

    by thx185

    Was the highlight of this for me.. it is awesome that he is part of the cast!

  • July 10, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST


    by Son of a Butch

    no, not all theaters will be able to show the increased frame rate.

  • July 10, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    We use 3-D primarily for depth perception

    by Son of a Butch

    No shit, Sherlock.

  • July 10, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug AND Sauron


    I love PJ but this sounds like a bad move. Thomas Kretschmann for the Dragon, PRETTY PLEASE PETER!

  • July 10, 2011, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Hooray for Radagast!

    by butterbean

    Finally get to see the motion picture treatment. Brown wizards FTW!!

  • July 10, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST


    by jackofhearts29

    Both the one-word form cannot and the two-word form can not are acceptable...

  • July 10, 2011, 8:11 p.m. CST

    DAMMIT talkback glitches!

    by jackofhearts29

    as I was saying.... Both the one-word form cannot and the two-word form can not are acceptable, according to Oxford English Dict. online. So stop bitching. There are much worse rapes of English usage on this site to go after.

  • July 10, 2011, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Especially if the PWESENTS are from Jar Jar Abrams. ;)

    by Darth_Kong

  • July 10, 2011, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Amazing Locations!

    by SgtEdRock

    Hi Harry! That production diary was great! Thanks for the post! My seeing your post perfectly timed - I had literally just returned from a marathon viewing of the new Blu-Rays with a couple other Athens BNATers when I saw it, so I was as primed for the information as would be humanly possible. The Blu-Rays looks great! They revealed a new order of magnitude in the brilliance of the production design, artistry and craftsmanship in the Lord of the Rings movies for me. Etchings and engravings revealed on armor and weapons. The hideous details of the deformities of Sauron's various minions. The individual details visible in the vast battle sequences. The outdoor location had such perfect clarity that you expected narration by David Attenborough. Awesome! The locations they previewed in this video ensure the new films will be equally eye-popping. Peter Jackson is still the greatest. I can't wait! All our best to you and the missus! Ed and Lisa

  • July 10, 2011, 10:54 p.m. CST

    PS: Future LotR Marathons!

    by SgtEdRock

    It occurred to us during the Lord of the Rings marathon today that within a few years these marathons will also include these Hobbit movies and thus be 5-7 hours longer!

  • July 11, 2011, 12:47 a.m. CST

    He should've worn the star wig in the video.

    by Dennis_Moore

  • July 11, 2011, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Is Howard Shore attached to these films?

    by i_got_worms

    Didn't he have a falling out with Jackson during the making of King Kong which he was supposed to score before being replaced.... Or is that just tittle-tattle?

  • July 11, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Cotton McKnight....

    by Shankapotomus

    Minorities in Jackson films...Chi McBride in the Frighteners

  • July 11, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST

    @i_got_worms re:Howard Shore

    by mattforce7

    He is back for these movies, he had a falling out with jackson it seems for a difference in tastes for the particular project. from what was evident, Jackson was going more for a Bombastic and campy musical score, melody n all. Howard was working with this, and his effort was heard in the very FIRST kong Teaser, before James Newton Howard was attatched. Howard was quoted saying he doesnt want to work under those kinds of conditions again. So I think PJ was pushing him for something that Howard didnt quite agree with. And honestly, I think PJ NEEDS Howard shore to Accompany his style of directing, which sometimes takes on a lumbering rhythm, perfect for howard to create the balance and beats of the mood in film

  • July 11, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Pete is not a racist

    by Cureguy

    He has employed hundreds if not thousands of local Maori people on his films. That being said, most of his productions are in NZ and besides native Maori people I don't think there is that much ethnic diversity there. Maybe some Chinese, Indonesian people in the country.