The Best Acapella of Hobbit You’ll Ever See

This has been out for a few months already, but we felt compelled to post this because it’s truly extraordinary. One man, channeling all the dwarves, singing the Misty Mountains hymn through multiple tracks and pitch-perfect harmony. Introducing, Peter Hollens!

Really, what else is there to say? We’re thrilled his painstaking recordings and sonorous voice have earned a couple of million views — totals of which he is well deserving. Pass it on to others!

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Take an Animation Class with The Hobbit’s Senior Designer

Phoenix Atelier, a digital animation and design program that allows budding creators to build upon their skills, has posted a great new interview with Andrew Baker, the Senior Designer for The Hobbit trilogy.

Phoenix Atelier also announced that Baker will teach a program beginning September 16, in conjunction with Weta Workshop, entitled Breathing Life and Presence into Digital Creatures. Here are the basics:

In this program, you will learn to use digital sculpting as a conceptual tool for creatures and characters in the film industry and create some evocative 2D artwork for presentation alongside a finished design maquette.

“We’ll be covering how to interprate the brief, creating new ideas, interesting and new anatomy, executing and presenting the final concept efficiently.

The 8 week program rings up at $800 a person.

You can get all of the details here.