I wonder if peter jackson had to sit Orlando bloom down before filming desolation of smaug and be like ‘look, man, this is a serious film you can’t be making all those weird ass faces in the background again like you did in lotr’?
What I love about this is that it showcases how completely opposite Hobbit and Dwarf culture are.
When a hobbit speaks to you directly— in a matter that could be construed as rude, no less— it’s a big deal. A big freakin’ deal. So he can’t even bring himself to expressing his displeasure at having his house hijacked by a bunch of foreign strangers without adding an apologetic disclaimer. This is the face of a hobbit who has been pushed to frustration, and that’s pretty damn rare.
Then Dwarves. They’re tough as nails and hard around the edges. It takes a hell of a lot to offend them, and even more than that to admit your own guff and apologize— so when somebody does apologize, you take it seriously. Even if you weren’t actually listening to whatever preceded that apology. Even if you don’t think it was worth apologizing for. That shit is serious business, and you take it seriously, yo.
This is culture clash at its finest, reduced to two words.
In short: Peter Jackson’s a genius.
It is really good writing, but I just want to emphasise that Peter Jackson does not write these scripts alone. He has two collaborators, Fran Walsh (who is also his wife) and Philippa Boyens, and the three of them also wrote the screenplays for the Lord of the Rings trilogy together. While Peter Jackson is highly visible as the director of the films, and Walsh prefers to stay out of the limelight, I just never want their contribution to the Middle-Earth films to be overlooked.
Because they’re great.
#not to mention the noises the Ringwraiths make were partly recorded by Fran Walsh #because she can make weird noises and I think that’s great #I like a woman with a way with words and an unearthly shriek
this information pleases me beyond words, thank you
This whole thing is why I love the Tolkien fandom
Stephen Colbert in The Desolation of Smaug
Bless this post.
/random shit I notice
last filming for the hobbit
last filming for anything tolkien
lAST TIME FOREVER
I know it’s stupid. I knew I never would…but I dreamed…. I dreamed so hard…. That I could somehow, SOMEHOW, be involved in the making of The Hobbit trilogy. Just like I had dreamed and dreamed that I could SOMEHOW be involved in the making of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
And I knew it wouldn’t actually happen. I knew I wasn’t being realistic when I had those day dreams. But still. It hurts that they won’t come true… ya know?
I adore LOTR, if I could I would fly over to New Zealand and live in Bag End. No matter how many times I watch the films I will always cry at the end, they’re beautiful, the books are beautiful, Peter Jackson is beautiful and of course JRR Tolkien is beautiful. Also, I had the honour of meeting Andy Serkis. :D
“I said to Viggo, ‘I’m gonna put the camera down the hillside a little bit. Can you try to kick the helmet close to the lens? Because it will look great if it just flies past us.’”
“And so Viggo did 4 takes. He boots this helmet. And then he let out the scream. I thought, ‘Wow! This is strong. This is like Aragorn is just in total grief at what’s happened to Merry and Pippin. This is really cool.’ He didn’t say anything to us…but we found out that Viggo had actually broken 2 toes with that last kick. Viggo actually feeling that pain, and turned that into a performance. He stayed in the character of Aragorn.”
The White Council planning the attack on Dol Guldur
Billy & Katie Jackson’s cameos
Peter Jackson’s children are so freaking cute. Look at their little noses! D’awwww!
“You will not enter Gondor.”
Legolas: “Damnit Gimli! You made me kill the director!”
It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made. Recently Fran, Phil and I did just this when we watched for the first time an early cut of the first movie - and a large chunk of the second. We were really pleased with the way the story was coming together, in particular, the strength of the characters and the cast who have brought them to life. All of which gave rise to a simple question: do we take this chance to tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved ‘yes.’
We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will remain untold if we do not take this chance. The richness of the story of The Hobbit, as well as some of the related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, allows us to tell the full story of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the part he played in the sometimes dangerous, but at all times exciting, history of Middle-earth.
So, without further ado and on behalf of New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Wingnut Films, and the entire cast and crew of “The Hobbit” films, I’d like to announce that two films will become three.
It has been an unexpected journey indeed, and in the words of Professor Tolkien himself, ”a tale that grew in the telling.”
When I first heard this, I was very skeptical. The Hobbit is such a short story, after all (especially compared to The Lord of the Rings). But after reading this, I trust that Peter knows what he’s doing and that he’ll make it great. Perhaps the movies will simply be shorter in length, making them more accessible for those with shorter attention spans. ::shrug:: I dunno.
Honestly, I still have reservations, especially since the films are already in post-production. But, I have to trust in Peter’s amazing abilities and vision.