It's all over the internet but for the sake of writing down the history of the movie production so that I can look back and remember the process as the movies slowly move forwards, I'm posting the link to Peter Jackson's first production video here.
I hope that the link stays active for many months to come but I suspect we may see part of this video on the DVD Extras when they are finally released and videos like this one will disappear.
While watching the crew, artists, costume designers, weapon's designers all at work, I was reminded of the battle to keep the production in New Zealand last October. How quickly people forget that there was a time when New Zealand looked as if it would lose The Hobbit, and production would go overseas. As a reminder, here is a clip, thanks to HunterAbbey and TheOneRing.net.
The gathering of cast and crew at Stone St studios on March 21st for the Powhiri may never have happened if Warner Bros. had decided to take the production off shore. This message from Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger of Weta sums up the feeling of relief when the announcement was made that the production would stay: "The Hobbit Stays - Our Heartfelt Thanks!"
Thank you Sir Peter Jackson, crew and cast for bringing us this wonderful pre-production video.