‘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

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]

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]

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Blu-ray and DVD Release Dates Announced

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on April 8th. Worldwide release dates: UK                           APRIL 7 USA                         APRIL 8 SPAIN                     APRIL 8 MEXICO                APRIL 8 CANADA                APRIL 8 ITALY                     APRIL 9 GERMANY            APRIL 11 FRANCE                APRIL 16 NETHERLANDS  APRIL 16 BELGIUM              APRIL 16 AUSTRALIA          APRIL 16 BRAZIL                  APRIL 17 Limited Collector’s … Continue reading ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Blu-ray and DVD Release Dates Announced