The Hobbit: An Unexpectedly Complicated, Expensive Journey

Peter Jackson released a new Hobbit video blog, this time with the dull-sounding subject of “logistics.” However, if you’ve ever wondered how movies get made — especially movies as massive as the two Hobbit films — and especially especially movies that have to get literally hundreds of people and thousands of tons of equipment to a variety of remote, not easily accessible locations throughout New Zealand — then this video will be fascinating to you, as it was to me (it helps that Peter Jackson and the rest of the crew are enthusiastic narrators, and the editing on all this video blogs is brilliant. Seriously, it’s the most fun 12-minute video on logistics you’ll ever see).

But I’m really posting this so I can get my thoughts on last week’s Hobbit trailer, which I found “neat.” I really like how the trailer established The Hobbit as part of the Lord of the Rings cinematic universe quickly, and then let some of The Hobbit‘s uniqueness shine through, especially through the bold choice of using a somber Dwarven a capella song during the second half. And Martin Freeman does seem to be the perfect Bilbo, if such a thing exists. Anyways, I’m excited for The Hobbit. It’s a bold stance I’m taking, I know, but I’m sticking to it. (Via The Mary Sue)