by Ashleigh Schmitz
Couldn’t make it to Comic-Con earlier this month? Thanks to Peter Jackson for posting the eighth production video from the set of "The Hobbit," you can pretend you were there! The footage from the last production days in New Zealand is breath-taking and spine-tingling, but it won’t make the December 14 release date arrive any sooner.
Though you don’t get to see Q&A from the panel (maybe he'll post another video?), Jackson transports you to Bilbo’s house in the Shire like it hasn’t been nine long years since “Return of the King.” Reunited with “Lord of the Rings” favorites Sir Ian McKellan, Orlando Bloom and Andy Serkis, the video gives behind-the-scenes scoop along with insight into the makeup and prosthetic artists and set designers' many different processes.
The dwarves give a glimpse of the comically large sets – a barn where everything is so oversized, for the dwarves of course. Art director Alan Lee shows us sets that rival the size of Helm’s Deep. Lee Pace, playing elf king Thranduil, shows us how to move like an elf. And makeup artists explain why they used over 450 miles (yes, miles) of yak hair to bring the hairy army of dwarves to life.
Indeed, Jackson’s production video touches on almost every aspect of the film’s production and gives just a peak at what’s to come when “The Hobbit” hits theaters later this year. We can't wait to see more.
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