The Hobbit: Peter Jackson Discusses "Location Shooting" in 5th Production Video
12.26.11 by BJSprecher
Following hot on the furry little heels of the release of the first poster and trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first chapter of the two-part prequel to The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) trilogy — and just in time for the holidays — co-writer, producer and director Peter Jackson has delivered yet another "present" for the fans: a new video blog offering a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie.
The fifth such production video blog Jackson has released to date, the latest one focuses on "the logistics of location shooting." As boring as that may sound to some — and we do see a lot of loading and unloading of vehicles and equipment — the 12-minute video also contains beautiful shots of New Zealand and "Hobbiton" and tons of footage of cast members on the set in full costume, from original LOTR actors like Sir Ian McKellen as the wizard Gandalf and Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, to Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, the central character of The Hobbit, and several (if not all) of the actors who play the company of dwarves (creator J.R.R. Tolkien's spelling) who hire Bilbo to "burgle" for them from the mighty dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch).
The Hobbit was written by Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. Joining Wood and McKellen in reprising their roles from LOTR are Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Sir Christopher Lee as Saruman and Andy Serkis as Gollum (motion-capture). New additions include Sylvester McCoy as the wizard Radagast, Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, Barry Humphries as the Goblin King, Stephen Fry as the Master of Lake Town, Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman, Mikael Persbrandt as the shape-shifter Beorn and Ryan Gage as Alfrid. Playing the dwarves are Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, Stephen Hunter as Bombur, Ken Stott as Balin, Graham McTavish as Dwalin, James Nesbitt as Bofur, William Kircher as Bifur, Jed Brophy as Nori, Adam Brown as Ori, Mark Hadlow as Dori, John Callen as Óin, Peter Hambleton as Glóin, Aidan Turner as Kili and Dean O'Gorman as Fili.