Hobbit by Weta
An Unexpected Journey Chronicles II: Creatures and Characters, the

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles II: Creatures and Characters explores the amazing cast of heroes, villains, beasts, and beings that populate Middleearth in the fi rst chapter of Peter Jackson's fi lm adaptations of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit. Richly illustrated with behind-the-scenes photographs, digital renders, and fi lm stills, this comprehensive book goes species by species and character by character through the fi lm's huge ensemble cast and bustling menagerie of creatures, both physical and digital, and shows how each came to be realized for the fi lm.

First-hand accounts from the actors, makeup artists, digital effects specialists, dialect coaches, prosthetics technicians, movement coaches, and many other crew members describe the process and how the production unfolded, while also sharing insights into the characters. A bonus feature, unique to this book, is the special fold-out character size chart, which compares all the major creatures and characters of the fi lm, from Radagast's hedgehog friend to the towering Stone Giants!

Compiled by Weta Workshop designer Daniel Falconer and featuring a wealth of stunning imagery, this book puts the reader face-to-face with all the creatures and characters of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, from the Dwarf heroes to the dark denizens of Middle-earth–the Orcs, Goblins, Trolls, and Wargs–and, of course, the hobbit himself, Bilbo Baggins.

 

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Weta Workshop is a multi-award winning conceptual design and physical manufacturing facility based out of Wellington, New Zealand, servicing the world's entertainment and wider creative industries. Weta Workshop is also a multi-disciplinary facility, with crew members expert in a diverse range of disciplines all housed under the one roof. These services include conceptual design and the manufacturing of weapons, armor and chainmail, specialist props, custom vehicles, specialty costumes, miniatures and models, special makeup and prosthetics, and public art installations or displays. The team at Weta enjoys engaging in projects holistically, from preliminary technical analysis and conceptual design through to manufacture across all departments and the final delivery of product and crew to set, anywhere in the world. Drawing on more than twenty years of filmmaking experience, five-time Oscar-winning design and special effects supervisor Richard Taylor is intimately involved in all projects from concept through to delivery. Best known for the company's design and effects work on award-winning film projects, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia, Avatar, District 9, and The Adventures of Tintin, Weta Workshop is not limited to film and television, offering services to creative industries worldwide.
 
Published April 9, 2013 by Harper Design. 224 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Examiner

When the going gets rough - and it gets really rough, outside the Shire most of Middle Earth is hungry territory - and the dwarves realize that taking a Hobbit along to reclaim their homeland might not have been the best bit of recruiting on their part, the little Hobbit's "quality" comes shining...

Dec 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey...

Examiner

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is the first film in a new trilogy that takes place before "The Lord of the Rings" films.

Dec 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey...

Examiner

Throughout the film he recycles several of his classic themes from the previous films in ways that are totally appropriate and sometimes even surprising, like a scene at the end of the film where Thorin and Azog are about to fight each other and the Nazgul theme is played.

Dec 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey...

Wired

Oddly, still pure pixel, Gollum looks more believable than ever.) Freeman makes a fine fuss-budget Bilbo — and he looks much like a young Ian Holm (who plays old Bilbo) — but I wanted to know him more.

Dec 14 2012 | Read Full Review of Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey...

The Hollywood Reporter

An estimated hundred thousand New Zealanders turned out along the 1,600-foot red carpet, which took the stars two hours to negotiate at the world premiere of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in the New Zealand capital of Wellington on Wednesday afternoon local time.

Nov 28 2012 | Read Full Review of Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey...

Media Mikes

If you are a fan of this movie, then this book is a perfect companion and will hold you over until the extended Blu-ray release in 2013…or until you see the film again in theaters.

Dec 20 2012 | Read Full Review of Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey...

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Richly illustrated with behind-the-scenes photographs, digital renders and films stills, this comprehensive book goes species by species, character by character, through the film's huge ensemble of characters and bustling menagerie of creatures, both physical and digital, telling the stories of h...

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