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"Eighteen years old and reading JRR Tolkien for the first time, I was sitting on a train as it left Wellington and rumbled through the North Island. During the twelve-hour journey, I'd lift my eyes from the book and look at the familiar landscape - which all of a sudden looked like Middle-earth." Sir Peter Jackson. (Foreword; "Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook by Ian Brodie)
" ..... there is nowhere I would rather be at this moment than exploring "Middle Earth" with my new family of Dwarves, Elves, Men, Wizard and Hobbit. What a gift to be here, in this place, at this time. I can't wait to share it with everyone. I am a very fortunate man." (August 2011)
"..... the privilege to be in NZ working on The Hobbit has made this year unforgettable. The places we have been to and the things we have seen, have surpassed all my expectations." (December 2011)
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The second half of this Hobbit Production Video #2 on Peter Jackson's Facebook Page describes the location scouting for The Hobbit. (At 4mins 55 secs).
Following is an excerpt by Sir Peter Jackson on location scouting from Ian Brodie's "The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook"
An exerpt from Sir Peter Jackson on location scouting for Lord of the Rings: (Much of this is relevant to The Hobbit as well as LOTR).
"The way the locations process works is that generally a location scout goes out in advance and canvasses the whole country for potential places....
Dave Comer, Robin Murphy and various other people scoured New Zealand and sent me photographs and videotapes. It was almost like casting for an actor, and the process is really the same, with somebody doing the initial sweep and then once we narrow down the choices, and we see places we'd like, we go out for what is called a 'recce'.
This was a team of people including myself, Andrew Lesnie, our Director of Photography, Caro Cunningham, the First Assistant Director, and a slew of technical support people. We would look at the landscape from an artistic point of view, first of all to see if it was suitable and does this feel like it came from the pages of Tolkien's book? Then you look at it from a logistical point of view, because the second consideration is where do we park the trucks? Where can we feed the crew? Is there a road in here?" (From: "The Lord of the Rings Location Guide Book" by Ian Brodie)
Things to consider other than the artistic merit of a location:
- Transport & road access. Trucks, caravans, cars
- Helicopter landing site
- Area of two football fields to park caravans; portaloos, changing facilities; technical equipment; food tents etc.
Tolkien was quite explicit when it came to descriptions of the scenes, particularly in Lord of the Rings. Thorin's significant place, his heritage and therefore his point of focus will be Erebor and therefore how they depict Erebor is going to be all important. It will need to stand alone in the scenery, so that everyone's eyes are drawn to it.
Two of J.R.R. Tolkien's drawings of Lonely Mountain (Erebor).
We have several months to wait to see how Erebor is revealed. I suspect it will loom up majestically out of the landscape ..... how The Weta team will do this, I'm not quite sure .... How many more days to go? Check the Counter in the sidebar.
UPDATE: More locations for The Hobbit were revealed in Peter Jackson's last Hobbit Production Video Blog #6.