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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ – Virtual Cinematography Featurette

Weta Digital released a new ‘Virtual Cinematography’ featurette for ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.’ 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… Continue reading ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ – Virtual Cinematography Featurette

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Weta Digital VFX Breakdown On Creating Laketown and more

Weta Digital has released a new VFX breakdown video on creating Laketown from ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.’ Laketown: The Devil is in the Details:  To create the city, our models department built 50 unique buildings, eight unique bridges and six towers, all of which were dressed and scaled differently in order to provide… Continue reading Weta Digital VFX Breakdown On Creating Laketown and more

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Making Of ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug:’ Barrel Escape Scene [VIDEO]

The barrel scene in the ‘Desolation of Smaug,’ was one of my favorite scenes in the movie. The two and a half-minute video called, ‘Creating a Waterlogged Action Sequence-Design FX,’ shows the making of the seven minute barrel escape sequence. The sequence took 98 hours of footage from aerial shots, green-screen sets, live-action shoots, and complex… Continue reading Making Of ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug:’ Barrel Escape Scene [VIDEO]

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Benedict Cumberbatch Motion Capture for Smaug [Featurette]

With Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ set to release on Blu-Ray on April 8th, Weta Digital released a behind-the-scenes featurette on creating Smaug. Check out Benedict Cumberbatch wearing a Mocap suit. “Using our motion-capture stage, we recorded his performances, which focused on the conversation with Bilbo sequence. Having Benedict in a mocap… Continue reading Benedict Cumberbatch Motion Capture for Smaug [Featurette]