1. Armor isn’t quite as cool without the CGI.
Jackson writes: “I’ve been lying here in pitch darkness, watching fight rehearsals over and over again. Our stunt co-ordinatior [sic], Glen Boswell, worked with the actors last weekend, designing some climatic battle moments. He filmed them, and I have them on my iPad, in an application we wrote called ‘WingNut TV’. It’s a program that allows a huge amount of material to be catalog used and updated each day over the Internet. It contains all our dailies, edited films, previs, music, and much more. I’m looking at the fights, figuring out the angles I’ll need to film them today. A huge amount to do, and it needs to get done.”
2. Penguins: Smaug’s secret army?
“The day has a messy start, because the first couple of hours are going to be spent shooting stuff we were supposed to have finished yesterday. But because of the sheer complexity of the choreography, we worked late, and still didn’t finish.
The photo: yes, we did actually just film this. Please don’t ask me to explain! Let’s get that WB filter activated! Thank you Hannah and Dusty!”
3. Just two regular Hollywood guys hangin’ out.
“Had to race to A Stage to try and explain to Graham and Christian why they were shooting their Dwalin fight against green screen, and not our beautiful expensive set as planned. Graham started sharpening his axe, so I just told them to read my last Facebook posting and I fled.”
4. Dwarves now have personal play-by-play commentators.
“The score for Film 2 is going to be terrific. Last year, we were a little frustrated because we had to revisit so many of the LotR themes - The Shire, Rivendell, Galadriel, Gollum, and the Ring - we did this because I’m wanting these 3 Hobbit movies to have great unity with the Rings films in design, wardrobe, story and music, so it meant ‘An Unexpected Journey’ had to acknowledge what had gone before.
But this time around, apart from a couple of Ring moments, it’s all new: Beorn, Mirkwood, The Woodland Realm, Laketown, Bard and Smaug all give Howard the chance to write brand new themes, and he’s knocking it out of the park!”
5. The greatest adventure of all: Abject nothingness.
“I asked the various Thorins to pose just before they headed off to lunch. One of these is Richard Armitage, and two of them are not. It’s your guess … The one in the middle is a little psycho.
I am looking forward to making movies with everyone the same height in the future.”
6. “Make sure you get my good side.”
“Just shot this close up of Richard. Look for it in Dec 2014!
2 more shots to go. Main Unit shooting Thorin, Splinter Unit shooting Fili and Kili.”