Jackson reveals more Hobbit footage

Last updated 09:48 24/07/2012
Peter Jackson

The Hobbit - Production Diaries

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Peter Jackson is sharing the love.

The Hobbit director, who two weeks ago treated fans at Comic Con to 12 minutes of footage from his upcoming movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, has released more footage on his Facebook page.

"I know that not everybody gets to Comic Con, so I thought I'd bring a little bit of Comic Con to you," he wrote.

"Here's a bit of what I saw in San Diego, and what those in Hall H got to see of The Hobbit!  

"This is The Hobbit Production Diary #8, covering Comic Con and the final days of principal photography on the film."

The clip follows Jackson around at Comic Con where he featured on a panel along with Martin Freeman, who plays the lead character Bilbo Baggins, and co-stars Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and Andy Serkis (Gollum).

The production video gives a glimpse of the last five days of shooting on set in New Zealand.

 "This is the kind of movie that changes everybody lives," prosthetics supervisor Tami Lane says.

Make-up and hair supervisor Rick Findlater says: "In the last 18 months we probably have gone through about 20 litres of glue, about 450 miles of yak hair. Hence there are now cold yaks in the Himalaya somewhere."

"I'll miss the camaraderie... that we build up with the cast and crew," Hobbit actor Freeman says. "We spent an awful long time together. Since October it has been like being in a mini army."

Jackson said there were a lot of people he'd "love to work with again, it's a fantastic cast".

"Being a director can be like a lonely job. At times you feel you're all by yourself to solve problems but then everybody steps in and suddenly I realised that I've got this incredible support and all of you have got my back and for that I am incredible grateful."

Jackson finished the 266-day Hobbit shoot earlier this month. Two films are planned.

The world premiere of the first will be held on November 28 in Wellington, with the cinema release December 14. The second movie, There and Back Again, is scheduled for release in December 2013.

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