THE HOBBIT: DESOLATION OF SMAUG "Virtual Cinematography" Featurette

Special effects company, Weta Digital, has released a new "Virtual Cinematography" featurette for Peter Jackson's fantasy-adventure film, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.

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By nailbiter111 - 4/19/2014


"On their quest to reclaim the dwarvish kingdom of Erebor from the dragon Smaug, Bilbo and the company of dwarves travel through the wilds of Middle-earth, from the cold and mysterious Lake-town to the wild rapids of the barrel escape and the sinister forest of Mirkwood. Weta Digital's 'real-world' approach to virtual lighting and camera work helped sculpt the story of their incredible journey through Middle-earth. From initial previs to the final shot, see how virtual cinematography worked alongside traditional cameras and lighting in this exclusive making-of clip." - Weta Digital  
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company continues East, encountering along the way the skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant Spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves, the Dwarves journey to Lake-town, and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they must face the greatest danger of all - a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the depth of their courage but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself - the Dragon Smaug. Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom as Legolas. The film also stars (in alphabetical order) John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O'Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, and Aidan Turner.
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legolad - 4/19/2014, 5:53 PM
I'm milking every little cent...
DaVinci31 - 4/19/2014, 5:54 PM
I loved that portion of the film within Lake Town; the cinematography just made it all the more captivating.
DaVinci31 - 4/19/2014, 6:00 PM
Environment wise, however, the only part that failed for me and kind of took me out of the film were those scenes inside Thranduil's palace.

It literally felt like the only people within that kingdom were the hobbits, Thranduil's small entourage and Thranduil himself.

Everything else was spectacular, though.
SuperCat - 4/19/2014, 6:09 PM
Haven't seen this yet. Actually thinking about renting it tonight.
maninfinesuit - 4/19/2014, 6:11 PM
DaVinci31 - 4/19/2014, 6:12 PM
@SuperCat

SuperCat - 4/19/2014, 6:22 PM
Lol! @ DaVinci

I will! :)
MrCBM56 - 4/19/2014, 6:25 PM
Great movie. I love it.
NoPhucksGiven - 4/19/2014, 6:27 PM
the hobbit is dope
MitchConner - 4/19/2014, 7:55 PM
Just watched it...sh1t movie...so was the first one...

Peter Jackson used to care about the viewer...the first 3 were awesome...but I knew this series would suck when he announced he was turning a 100 something page book into 3 movies...and that is what it felt lien watching it, a lot of meaningless filler, I was watching the clock all night, time to drink!
sKeemAn - 4/19/2014, 8:30 PM
Why do I get the feeling I've seen this video and article before. Deja' Vu.
MrBatmor - 4/19/2014, 11:10 PM
I loved this movie!! *runs away before the hate*...
Bloodraven - 4/20/2014, 1:51 AM
Best blockbuster of 2013!
Kyos - 4/20/2014, 1:57 AM
*shouts after Batmor*

I didn't like the movie, but I'm happy you did! Hope you'll love the third as well!
loki668 - 4/20/2014, 2:15 AM
*throws brick at Batmor*


I don't know why I did that! It's just an impulse I have when I see someone running. The film wasn't bad.
Dandy - 4/21/2014, 2:40 PM
I've like both movies. They are not dark and gritty like Lord of the Rings and that's why a lot of people dislike them.

However, The Hobbit book was nothing like the Lord of Rings book either. The Hobbit book was also more lightweight and cartoonish.

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