Gollum Meets Bilbo

Whether you’re still waiting to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey or you’re just wondering the Internet looking for clips to re-watch after seeing the movie already, here’s a great look at Bilbo Baggins’ first encounter with Gollum, courtesy of Coming Soon!

Click the graphic to see the clip:

Weta Makes Gollum Take a Swim at Wellington Airport

You might be a bit surprised at the “holiday” decorations at New Zealand’s Wellington Airport, but don’t fear, as long as you’re not a fish… or the Precious, you should be just fine.

Suspended from the ceiling at Wellington Airport is a familiar face to Lord of the Rings fans. Gollum and three “juicy sweet fishes” were designed by Richard Taylor and Weta’s Workshop supervisor Rob Gilles. The airport has renamed the terminal where Smeagol is housed “The Middle of Middle-Earth.” The sculpture was 3D-modeled within the display space of the airport and then created by a team of 18 sculptors, model makers, painters, and artists in nine separate components. The piece weighs 2645 pounds (over a metric ton) and stretches 42 feet (13 meters). We couldn’t wait to see Gollum again in The Hobbit; It’s just awesome that now he can meet us at the airport.


(Source: Nerdist)

Andy Serkis celebrates Hobbit’s 75th Anniversary by reading as Gollum

This is such a fantastic video! If you didn’t appreciate how incredible Andy Serkis is as the voice and movements of Gollum before, you really will now. How does he do it?

Seriously, how is it possible for those sounds to come out of his mouth? Also, that banquet seems like an awful lot of fun. Wish we could have been there.

Source: screenrant.com

Stills from the new Hobbit trailer

Here are some dazzling stills from the new Hobbit trailer, courtesy of Huffington Post. Go to Huffington Post to see the fill slideshow.

As you can see…Gollum’s so anxious to look, so you should too! Click on “Continue Reading” to check out more pictures of breathtaking scenery and exhilarating adventure.

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NEW Hobbit Trailer!

As if you needed more reason to see The Hobbit, the new trailer is out, and it’s — of course — awesome!

This time, Peter Jackson shows us the lighter side of The Hobbit, with amusing repartee between dwarves and Bilbo’s surprise/annoyance at being recruited unexpectedly for this journey (hence, An Unexpected Journey). There’s also a funny tete-a-tete with Gollum.

In addition, we get wonderfully nostalgic shots of Rivendell and the sweeping visuals of the mountains and terrain. With Jackson at the helm and the timbre of the film seemingly carried over pixel by pixel from the LOTR films (well, minus the new technology), this appears to be every Tolkien-lover’s dream.

Are you excited??

Peter Jackson Responds to Complaints about Frame Rate

Now that the 10 minute footage has been revealed at CinemaCon and some people have voiced their (not-so-good) opinions on it, what I’m wondering is… why this is a surprise to some people?  When I first read about Jackson filming it at 48 frames per second, I immediately thought of HDTVs.  What people are saying about the footage is that it feels as if you’re actually on the set, not in the movie itself.  Well, that’s exactly what it felt like for me watching shows and movies on my cousin’s HDTV, and yet people still buy those TVs and they companies are making a considerable profit out of it.  So, why not do the same for theaters, right?  Take it or leave it, hopefully it won’t affect the storytelling itself and the action and the actors abilities to perform their parts effectively.

Here’s what Peter had to say about the issue of the frame rate:

“Nobody is going to stop,” he said. “This technology is going to keep evolving.”

He hopes critics of the format will change their minds when they see the finished film.

“At first it’s unusual because you’ve never seen a movie like this before. It’s literally a new experience, but you know, that doesn’t last the entire experience of the film; not by any stretch, after 10 minutes or so,” Jackson tells EW. “That’s a different experience than if you see a fast-cutting montage at a technical presentation.”

And if people refuse to see it because of the new format?

“I can’t say anything,” Jackson acknowledges. “Just like I can’t say anything to someone who doesn’t like fish. You can’t explain why fish tastes great and why they should enjoy it.”

“A couple of the more negative commenters from CinemaCon said that in the Gollum and Bilbo scene [which took place later in the presentation] they didn’t mind it and got used to that,” Jackson says. “That was the same 48 frames the rest of the reel was. I just wonder if it they were getting into the dialogue, the characters and the story. That’s what happens in the movie. You settle into it.”

He’s got a point.  Some things you have to really just see for yourself to know if you’ll like it or not.  Sometimes it just takes getting used to, which is always a struggle for some people when it comes to change.

Change in technology is inevitable, vitally so.  I don’t really care for 3-D, most especially converted 3-D, but people still watch movies in 3-D, so of course they’ll film it in 3D.  People didn’t care for multiplexes when they first started popping up.  They’re everywhere now.  Sometimes change is good, sometimes it’s bad, sometimes it just is.

Will you be able to “settle in” to the 48 fps, or are you a stickler for the old adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”?

To read the full EW.com article, go here.

In the Production Video below (posted back in November 2011), Peter talks about 3-D, Red Camera equipment, and Frame Rates: