DESOLATION OF SMAUG is Second Biggest December Midnight Opener of All Time

the-hobbit-desolation-of-smaug-gold-pile-970x0__131212033155-275x183THE HOBBIT: DESOLATION OF SMAUG made $8.8 million in midnight opening alone, which is the second biggest midnight opening in December in history, only falling behind THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY!

Warner Bros’ is citing competition from Frozen and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire for the difference, but remains very optimistic regarding the films’ success:

“We had a fan base that was drooling to see the film,” said Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros. “We’re off to a great start, the early matinees are great. I think the number of 3D screens (the increase) will help the upcharge of the film.” Of the pic’s $8.8 million midnight run, $1.2 million came from IMAX theaters.

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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.