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It's THE HOBBIT Production Video Blog, Comic-Con Style!!

The Kidd here...

When Peter Jackson showed up in San Diego for his Comic-Con panel for THE HOBBIT, he came armed with the latest video production blog, which marked the end of principal photography for the two-part Tolkien adaptation. 

If you were in Hall H, you got to see most of this, but, if Comic-Con wasn't in the cards for you this year, here's your chance to get caught up, as Peter Jackson has put it up for your viewing pleasure on his Facebook Page (where you can watch it in HD), only this version now includes bonus footage of before and during that panel. That means there's something new for everybody to check out. Enjoy. 


-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

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  • July 23, 2012, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Bring it on.

    by The Real McClane

  • July 23, 2012, 3:38 p.m. CST


    by Matt


  • July 23, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Sir Les Goblin King

    by donkey_lasher

    I'm surprised that Humphries got that role.

  • July 23, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST


    by vanchimera

    Half the fuckin crew are Maori. Stop being a fuck.

  • July 23, 2012, 4 p.m. CST


    by w4tkn

    You need to understand its a mythology based on European culture. This in front of the camera but behind the camera it would involve people off all cultures who are employed for their talent not their skin color.

  • July 23, 2012, 4:08 p.m. CST

    A Gem From Peter Jackson And Company

    by Barron34

    Looks great, and we are so lucky to have two Tolkein/Peter Jackson films coming out. PJ and Company make films the right way: with joy and professionalism. I grew up reading Lord Of the Rings, was a huge Tolkeinite as a kid, and seeing LOTR made into a masterpiece of a film (three films!) in my lifetime was such a gift. To have two Hobbit films coming out is an incredible bonus, real icing on the cake. As much as I like Guillermo Del Toro, I must say I am thrilled that Peter ended up being the director of these films. We are in for "An Unexpected Journey" indeed. Can't wait to see these films!

  • July 23, 2012, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Cotton you're a troll.

    by Franck

    And you are annoying. If you have a beef with life, please move to another site, this one ain't for you. Or stay and entertain us, but that takes brains as well.

  • July 23, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    These blogs have been great

    by Phimseto

    Between this and the LOTR bonus materials, no one does "behind the scenes" better than Wingnut and Peter Jackson.

  • July 23, 2012, 4:19 p.m. CST

    cotton_mcknight. umm...whose this then?...

    by Scrunchie-Scroochie

  • July 23, 2012, 4:24 p.m. CST

    man of steel comic con, better quality:

    by julia

  • TOLKIEN and PJ are not racist at all. they include everyone. hehehehehe

  • July 23, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST


    by Steve

    I wasn't done laughing at the comments.

  • July 23, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST

    @ gandolf

    by evilnik

    How dare you question's harry's authority!!? Don;t you know that he doesn't receive any gifts from Nolan?

  • July 23, 2012, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Cotton- go fuck yourself.

    by sam jacksons wig

  • July 23, 2012, 4:36 p.m. CST

    If you don't find yourself...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...grinning from ear to ear while watching these video blogs, then you really need to admit to yourself that you hate movies and must find some other interests. Seriously.

  • July 23, 2012, 4:40 p.m. CST

    The community spirit...

    by carlotta_valdes what gives me the tingles. It feels like there's nowhere on planet earth these folks would rather be...and nothing else they'd rather be doing. ...I'm very envious of their experience.

  • July 23, 2012, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Of all the people you could call a racist, you pick on PJ????

    by D o o d

    He has single handedly created a film industry in his country and help employ and feed a whole array of people. What a Troll!

  • July 23, 2012, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Harry is doing a neat ostritch impression. What a pro he is.

    by Shaun D Lyons

  • July 23, 2012, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Community spirit? Dont make me fucking laugh. AICN is now a dictatorship

    by Shaun D Lyons

    and El Presidenti Knowles will send out the hit sqyads. Just hope theres some defections as AICN has some good writers and they dont deserve to be tarnished and dragged down into the shit pit Harry has dug fir himself. Harry is poison. Bitter and deluded and really fucking spiteful.

  • When the lady says, "You're not in our database." Harry rolls in close and says, "Check under my legal name." As he's leaving, the lady says "You should use your real name. Armond White."

  • July 23, 2012, 5:01 p.m. CST

    I was referring to...

    by carlotta_valdes

    ...the Hobbit production crew.

  • July 23, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Suck your own black cock cotton

    by Logan_1973

  • When Bane comes in, Harry yelps "But there's no unprofessional writing here!" And Bane goes "Really? Then why are YOU here?"

  • NONE AT ALL. People aren't obligated to subscribe to the stupid diversity myth that it's helping society. When the Chinese bus non-natives in to Tibet we call it cultural genocide. When they bus non-natives in to white countries and only white countries we call it diversity or immigration.

  • July 23, 2012, 5:08 p.m. CST

    It Has to be the Thrill of a Lifetime

    by Todd1700

    to work on a project like this. Hard work I'm sure but sort of like being on an amazing adventure just like the characters in the movie. These blogs have been great. I hope they have pulled off something amazing here. This is easily my most anticipated movie currently on the horizon.

  • And Bane says to him, "Ah, you think comics are your ally? You merely adopted the comics. I was born in it!"

  • ...then you have my permission to die.

  • July 23, 2012, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Those sets are fucking incredible.

    by Mike

    I mean, Holy Shit. Now that's the shit right there.

  • July 23, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST

    I call BULLSHIT on AICN.

    by Shaun D Lyons

  • July 23, 2012, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Don't feed the trolls.

    by DocPazuzu

    Really, don't.

  • July 23, 2012, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Cotton, wasn't one of the leads in Frighteners black?

    by hadrion

    You make no sense.

  • July 23, 2012, 5:39 p.m. CST

    I can still remember...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...the joy of seeing FOTR on the big screen for the first time. I had given up on the particular kind of thrill you get when seeing a huge blockbuster that hits all the right notes. I was still reeling from the punishment dealt by The Phantom Menace at the time and thought that type of magic was dead. FOTR made me feel the way TPM was supposed to make me feel. With a bit of luck, that magic will be coming back in December.

  • July 23, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    24fps 2D all the way, baby.

    by DocPazuzu

    Not gonna risk being distracted by newfangled bullshit on my first return trip to Middle-earth in ten years!

  • I can critique his interpretation, but I can't critique his motivation.

  • July 23, 2012, 6:10 p.m. CST


    by Scrunchie-Scroochie

    The Haradrim / Easterlings were the equivalent of North Africans / Middle Easterners. Khamûl the Black Easterling was a badass motherfucker who became a ringwraith and held the fort at Dol Guldur. He has been cast in The Hobbit.

  • He knows the fishing hole very well and always use the same bait--and always catches some fish. I am not sure whether to be bemused or amused. Think about it.

  • July 23, 2012, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Working with PJ...

    by Rob

    of the crew who worked on the 'Lord of the Rings' and the actors involved, Many are back for 'The Hobbit' and the Quality of the actors available for spending a whole year's work in NZ is eyeopening. People will give their left leg to work with PJ. You know when people are happy>> you can see it in these vid' blogs. Love it! Roll on December.

  • July 23, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST

    The City of Dale? Why?

    by Ingeld

    Why would it be the largest set? It was in ruins at the time of the Hobbit--and had been that way for decades. While the large set appears deserted, the city being depicted looks far from being a ruin. What change has PJ made here?

  • July 23, 2012, 6:39 p.m. CST

    ingeld, re: Dale...

    by Scrunchie-Scroochie

    It's for some of the pre-Hobbit flashback stuff. Before Smaug destroyed it.

  • July 23, 2012, 6:47 p.m. CST

    re: scrunchie-scroochie (Dale)

    by Ingeld

    I guess you are right, but it seems like an awful lot to do in order take up what might amount to 30 seconds of film time for a flashback.

  • At the end, Master Chief can remove his helmet, revealing that he is BLACK, and played by Sam Jackson. Sam will look directly into the camera and say, *well who'd you expect, the muthafuckin' Easter Bunny!!!*

  • July 23, 2012, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Thank God PJ isn't epileptic

    by lv_426

    Cause he'd have had an Ash-like seizure when he walked onto the paparazzi camera flash assaulted Comic Con stage for his panel.

  • July 23, 2012, 7:23 p.m. CST

    hopeless -- PJ as Ogre

    by lv_426

    He does kind of look like Ogre. And it is fitting in terms of this being about him going to SDCC. *Nerds... nerds... nerds... nerds!!!!!!!*

  • July 23, 2012, 7:36 p.m. CST


    by josh hubanks

    funny to think they'll culminate in an actual film.

  • July 23, 2012, 7:59 p.m. CST

    As a non white person, I could give a fuck.

    by blackmantis

    I have never been of the attitude that every film should have a balanced portrayal of all the ethnic groups. I just want to see a great movie. I identify with HUMANS, and the things humans go through in life. Race is about the least interesting, and most superficial thing about human existence. Being offended there are no black people in the Lord of the Rings movies makes about as much sense as complaining there are no white characters in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

  • July 23, 2012, 8:20 p.m. CST


    by Albert Herbert

    Bunch of slack jawed faggot elves around here! This stuff will make you a god-dammed sexual tyranosaurus...just like me!

  • July 23, 2012, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Damn PJ got fat again

    by atlatl

    I guess the stress of The Hobbit got to him. Thanks for taking one for the team PJ.

  • July 23, 2012, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Wow...PJ is hammered at the end...

    by kells

    ...lemonade indeed.

  • July 23, 2012, 9:25 p.m. CST

    God I love seeing these...

    by DocOpticus

    everyone seems thrilled to be making the movie, there's so much eye candy and yet you see next to nothing and PJ is humble and comedic. I remember watching the Star Wars prod vids. Uncomfortable and forced (pun not intended) all over.

  • July 23, 2012, 9:39 p.m. CST

    @jimbothc, Spike Lee casts white people all the time…..

    by maxcherry

    have you actually even watched any of Spike Lee's movies. Dude has had plenty of white people in his movies, and in a few of his movies white people were the main characters

  • July 23, 2012, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Fat PJ>Skinny PJ

    by maxcherry

  • July 23, 2012, 9:44 p.m. CST

    To all the idiots who say they are only going to watch

    by haterscrote

    it in 24 fps 2D. It was filmed natively at 48 fps in 3D, so to watch it at the lower framerate it will have to be down-converted. Morons.

  • July 23, 2012, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Bow down and kiss Comic-Con's "Ring"

    by Zardoz

    And by ring, I mean anus.

  • July 23, 2012, 10:40 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius


  • July 23, 2012, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Re: Dale

    by bass

    I haven't read the Hobbit in awhile, but wasn't Dale in decent shape at the time Bilbo and company arrive?

  • July 23, 2012, 11:14 p.m. CST

    King Kong was black.

    by aSTRESSEDavenger

  • July 23, 2012, 11:14 p.m. CST

    And he ain't got shit on me.

    by aSTRESSEDavenger

  • July 24, 2012, 3:17 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    So it's "downconverted". Who cares? I want it to look as much like what I'm used to as possible. I may check out the super-duper version later, but not first. That makes me a moron? Go fuck yourself.

  • July 24, 2012, 3:27 a.m. CST

    I just hope it's better than the dark knight rises

    by Finn

    It won't be hard to do.

  • July 24, 2012, 3:31 a.m. CST

    Um, Re: Racial comments...

    by Finn

    The movie is filmed in New Zealand utilizing mostly locals. The locals are white or Maori. I do see a few Maoris on crew, probably in ratio to the population. I lived in New Zealand. I rarely saw a black person. You know why? New Zealanders didn't pull them from their homeland and put them into slavery.

  • July 24, 2012, 3:46 a.m. CST

    HOBBIT does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Great blog! Although would have loved to have seen the Comic Con actual movie footage they showed beyond just a tantalizing glimpse (of a stone giant hurling boulder?). The comic con folks who waved at the camera for PJ were probably a bit upset tho, they only registered as a dark blur. The spirit and attitude that THE HOBBIT is being made in seems like a mirror to the behind the scenes footage from the making of the LOTR so I dont doubt that these two new films are going to be equally good. Am also pleased it is PJ at the helm not Guillermo - neither of the HELLBOY flicks were remotely close to being as good as LOTR and thats not just a budget reason. Lastly, am impressed by how much action the movie appears to have - pretty cool seeing the likes of Thranduil and Legolas in fight sequences. Cant wait to see how that all plays out on screen. My most anticipated movie on the horizon.

  • July 24, 2012, 3:55 a.m. CST

    Ignore the race trolls, please.

    by DocPazuzu

    Not one of them is earnest in the slightest. It's a shtick designed to rile people. Not one of them show up in other threads where such an argument might be valid, so just ignore them. Move along, nothing to see here.

  • July 24, 2012, 4:19 a.m. CST

    docpazuzu. When is a conversion ever a good

    by haterscrote

    thing? Even the best 2D to 3D conversion is visually average in my opinion compared to (good) native 3D. And to effectively reduce a film to almost half its framerate then try to jam it into a 2D format, it simply is not going to turn out well. Go ahead, waste your money, It's not my problem.

  • July 24, 2012, 4:31 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    It's going to look like a regular 2D movie, plain and simple. When you "upconvert" 2D to 3D you're wringing information from the material that isn't there to begin with. When you downconvert 48fps to 24fps you're removing information. Your comparison is therefore not apt. Furthermore, I've spent my last cent on 3D movies, "upconverted" or not.

  • July 24, 2012, 4:32 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    ...I hear extraordinary word-of-mouth regarding The Hobbit's 3D.

  • July 24, 2012, 7:18 a.m. CST

    I'm beyond excited about this...

    by KGersen

    If PJ can bring the magic he brought to LoTR, then we're all good. I think opening night tickets will have to be purchased for this come December.

  • July 24, 2012, 7:36 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

  • July 24, 2012, 7:46 a.m. CST

    cobra--kai does not exist in my dojo

    by quantize

    Nothing you ever write sounds vaguely sane or correct...

  • July 24, 2012, 10:13 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    quantize, youve got me on the vaguely sane bit but I take exception to not being correct. The dojo is never wrong. Youre a dopey cunt. See? Never wrong.

  • They've been part of our lives for over a decade now, after all - in particular some of the crew, Peter, Ian, Andy, Orlando, Elijah...and you just get the warm fuzzies watching them go at it again - takes you right back to the original production videos. What I would have given to even have the smallest part in their adventure...I shall have to settle for being a part of their audience on opening night. It's funny...even though the movies haven't even finished post-production yet, much less been released, it's saddening to see principle production end. I'm sure, likewise for them, though of course in a way it's also a relief for many of them. It must be a strange sort of life, working on films such as devote years of your life, every day, to creating this world, live breath and eat it, and it becomes your world...and then one day you have to say goodbye to it, and within perhaps weeks or months find yourself creating a new world for a new film. Thanks to Mr. Jackson and everyone involved - you have our faith and I for one will be there, center row, opening night.

  • July 24, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST

    So, so thrilled. Can't wait for these movies.

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    Sometimes I feel like I REALLY can't wait, like I'm going to die if I don't get to see these films ASAP. I have no money to travel or buy tickets to comic-con but I share the fanaticism and super fandom of those who can afford to go wait in line all night in California. I feel therefore that I am among those Peter Jackson is making this movie for... and I am so excited. Love these behind-the-scenes videos and pics. I want to see Steven Fry as the Master of Laketown...

  • July 24, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST

    oh and I will be buying a ticket to the 3d imax 48 fps version

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    I trust PJ's judgment

  • July 24, 2012, 2:36 p.m. CST

    yes 48fps or bust

    by Rupee88

    if it isn't playing in that format near me, I ain't seeing it.

  • July 24, 2012, 3:32 p.m. CST

    It's funny Docpaz...

    by DoctorWho?

    I was the same way with FOTR. As the movie started, I actually had butterflies. I was literally giddy. I felt like a kid. I even teared up a bit in the opening sequence. <p> FOTR is still my fave of the trilogy.

  • July 24, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    docpazuzu. The story you linked to for flyn-lives

    by haterscrote

    proves my point halving the framerate then jamming it into a 2D format is simply not going to be as good as a natively shot 2D film, and certainly not the way Peter intends The Hobbit to be experienced by a audience. Further, as no director has ever attempted to down-convert a film from a 3D 48fps format to 24fps 2D, my previous point, of this conversion not going to turn out well is entirely appropriate. .....unless you work for wingnut films and can guarantee that it will. End of.

  • July 24, 2012, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Evangeline Lily..?

    by pumaman

    I THINK I saw the tiniest glimpse of Evangeline, who plays the wood elf Tauriel towards the end of the blog... can't wait to see her in action!

  • July 24, 2012, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Dale set is amazing...

    by Farrokh

  • I thought this was going to be the last one and it made me depressed. These things are so much fun. I really hope they have ridiculously extensive making-of documentaries on the Hobbit Extended Edition DVDs (or BluRay whatever) like they did for LotR.

  • July 24, 2012, 4:40 p.m. CST

    I’m still depressed that filming is over.

    by frank

    After these movies come out, what else will there be to look forward to?

  • July 24, 2012, 4:46 p.m. CST

    I am only a young girl and know little of the ways of war...

    by frank

    but wouldn’t all you have to do to convert a 48fps movie to a 24 fps one be to just remove every other frame? It should theoretically look exactly the same as if it were shot at 24 fps, right? It’s just removing extra information. Even at the risk of being thought of as an idiot by bondite, I am seeing it first in 2D at 24fps, then undoubtedly I will give the 3D/48 fps a try.

  • July 24, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    I watched the two clips on that page before reading the text, and it was only after reading it that I made myself notice the so-called "choppiness". The text compares 48fps to TruMotion, which I loathe with a passion, and in comparison to which, all 24fps footage looks "choppy". Even Doug Trumbull himself said that enough people had their "film spell" broken when he tried it out that he's skeptical to widespread use of the technology. Bottom line: enough people who have actually seen the footage hated 48fps, which is enough to convince me to wait this one out. I love PJ's Tolkien movies too much to risk being distracted by something as potentially jarring as 48fps in 3D.

  • July 24, 2012, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Everything looks cool, though I'm still not sold

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    on the weird looks for the Dwarves. I understand that they needed to make them distinct, but they look a bit Warcraft-y to me. Oh, and a Mediterranean terra cotta roof-tile look for Dale seems like an odd choice.

  • July 24, 2012, 11:27 p.m. CST

    doctorwho, the first big reveal of hobbiton choked me up.

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    When the music swells and the camera for the first time shows us the whole landscape of the shire with Gandalf's cart in it, the incredible pastoral loveliness and how intensely it resembled my own imagined version from my childhood made me well up... quite embarrassing but a testament to the power of PJ's filmmaking (and the quality of the score)...

  • July 25, 2012, 12:29 a.m. CST

    daddylonghead & doctorwho?

    by DocPazuzu

    I hear ya both. The Hobbiton scenes in the beginning are pure movie magic. PJ sets the tone by actually making you feel nostalgic for something you've never seen before. It's absolutely amazing and a feeling that I still get every time I watch that part of the movie. The warmth of Hobbiton sticks with you for the entire trilogy so that you know what the hobbits are fighting for and what they're yearning to return to. And yes, Howard Shore's score plays a huge part in creating that atmosphere. Glorious.

  • July 25, 2012, 11:51 a.m. CST


    by martinprince

    Jackson wants three films, working it out with New Line.

  • I think the story of The Hobbit and other related events taking place during the same time frame will fit very well into two movies. If there is a third, I would hope that it consisted entirely of events that happened after Bilbo returned to the Shire with the ring. Or it could deal with events happening during the time frame of The Hobbit and even earlier, as long as it is kept a separate story from The Hobbit. Maybe it could be the story of Aragorn’s earlier life, and Gandalf’s journeys during those years. I don’t think I want a “Hobbit Trilogy,” but I would very much like another Tolkien movie from Peter Jackson.