The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Official Movie Guide

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Official Movie Guide

By: Brian Sibley

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - New York, 10003 - Copyright 2014

Softcover - 284mm x 223mm - 168 pages containing over 200 images. Publisher: Harper Collins
Softcover - $15us; $20au, $25nz, 10#, 12eur - Shipping weight approx. 1 kg
Hardcover - 291mm x 226mm - 168 pages containing over 200 images. Publisher: Harper Collins
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Note: Hardcover copies are a limited edition with only 1500 copies worldwide and are signed by the author.

ISBN 978054422865 (softcover); 9780007544134 (hardcover)

As The Hobbit movie trilogy moves toward a spectacular climax, experience first-hand how the epic filmmaking battle was won through exclusive interviews with director Peter Jackson, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett & Christopher Lee, together with principal filmmakers and new cast, including Billy Connolly as the Dwarf Dain Ironfoot, and Benedict Cumberbatch, who divulges the dark secrets of playing the evil Necromancer. Illustrated with hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos of the actors, creatures, sets and locations, together with concept art and numerous special effects shots, this is the ultimate companion to the final film in the acclaimed 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 led to his critically acclaimed BBC radio dramatisation of The Lord of the Rings in which the role of Frodo was played by Ian Holm, who now portrays Bilbo in Peter Jacksonís The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Brianís subsequent radio dramas included several of Tolkienís short novels collected under the title Tales from the Perilous Realm, C. S. Lewisí The Chronicles of Narnia, two series of Tales of the Bizarre by Ray Bradbury and Mervyn Peakeís Titus Groan and Gormenghast which won him the prestigious Sony Radio Award. His books include Three Cheers for Pooh, Chicken Run: Hatching the Movie, Cracking Animation, The Disney Studio Story, The Land of Narnia and Shadowlands, as well as the text accompanying three maps by John Howe based on Tolkienís The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion.


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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