The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Official Movie Guide

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Official Movie Guide

By: Brian Sibley

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - New York, 10003 - Copyright 2013

220mm x 276mm - 168 pages containing over 200 images
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ISBN 9780547898704; 9780547898742
9780007525485 (Hardcover - $25us)

Journey deeper into the magical world of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, through exclusive interviews with director Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom and principal filmmakers and new cast members, including Stephen Fry as the Master of Lake-town, Evangeline Lilly, who plays Tauriel the Elf, and Benedict Cumberbatch, who reveals film-making secrets about playing the dragon, Smaug. Richly illustrated with a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes photos of the actors, creatures and costumes, and numerous special effects scenes, this essential guide is an indispensable companion to the second film in the award-winning trilogy.

BRIAN SIBLEY is a writer and broadcaster with a life-long interest in fantasy books and cinema. His fascination with J. R. R. Tolkien and the myths and history of Middle-earth first led to his critically-acclaimed 26-part BBC radio dramatisation of The Lord of the Rings in which the role of Frodo was played by Ian Holm, who went on to portray Bilbo in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, a role he is now reprising in The Hobbit. Following on from his award-winning accounts of the making of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and his official biography, Peter Jackson: A Filmmaker's Journey, Brian returns to chronicle the making of the The Hobbit.


Prologue: Mr. Baggins, The Unexpected Hobbit - page 8
A Long-expected Premiere - page 12
Philippa Boyens, Co-Producer & Screenwriter - page 16
A Hobbit's Thoughts - page 18
Bilbo & Gandalf - The First encounter - page 22
The Wizard on the Hobbit - page 24
The Hobbit on the Wizard - page 25
Roisin Carty, supervising Dialect Coach - page 26
Leith McPherson: Unlocking the Voice Within - page 29
Joe Letteri, Senior Visual Effects Supervisor - page 30
The Dwarves' Quest of Erebor - page 36
Mikael Persbrandt - Beorn - page 44
Beorn's chess Set - page 47
Beorn's House - page 50
Dave Whitehead, sound Designer - page 54
The Call of the Warg - page 57
Mirkwood - page 58
Tree-making for Beginners - page 63
Spawn of Ungoliant - page 64
Matt Aitken, Visual Effects Supervisor - page 66
Daniel Reeve, Graphic Designer - page 68
Dol Guldur - page 72
Ann Maskrey, Costume Designer - page 80
Lee Pace - Thranduil - page 86
Notary's Notes: The elven-king - page 89
Orlando Bloom - Legolas - page 92
Fighting the Five o'clock Shadow - page 94
Evangeline Lilly - Tauriel - page 96
Lend Me Your Ears - page 99
Bob Buck, Costume Designer - page 100
Lock, Stock & Thirteen Barrels - page 104
Pter Swords King, Make-up & Hair Designer - page 110
Bearded Ladies - page 115
Orcs - Servants of the Shadow - page 116
Lake-town - page 120
Luke Evans - Bard - page 126
John Bell - Bain - page 130
Peggy & Mary Nesbitt - Sigrid & Tilda - page 132
Miss Pikelet, Diva of the Pigpen - page 134
Debbie Logan, Food Stylist - page 136
Stephen Fry - A Masterclass in Being the Master of Lake-town - page 140
The Making of a Master-piece - page 144
Ryan Gage - Alfrid - page 146
Paul Gray, Props Making supervisor - page 150
Splendour, Lust & Glory - page 156
Smaug, the Chiefest and Greatest of Calamities - page 160
Benedict Cumberbatch - A conversation with Smaug - page 162
Making a Dragon Roar - page 164
Epilogue: East is East... - page 166
Acknowledgements - page 168


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