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On the set of The Hobbit: Peter Jackson and Martin Freeman (as Bilbo)

Over the weekend I went to visit a friend in Birmingham and somehow, in between φαβα (fava), Μελιτζανοσαλατα (Melitzanosalata) and Ratatouille (the Pixar movie, not the dish in this case) we ended up on the topic of The Hobbit, browsing the official blog and watching one of the production videos. This morning another one of those vlogs popped up (via the Guardian), giving us a tour around the studios where a lot of the filming has been taking place.

As always, peeking behind the scenes is fascinating and makes me think it would be great fun to work on such a huge project like this. Hard work, exhausting, super intense for sure but the kind of thing that allows you to (I’m going to borrow a phrase from Japanese manga/dramas here) “make memories”.

At the end of the video we get to see who the camera man is (a surprise!) and we are told that there is only one more vlog to come “when we wrap in a few weeks time”. Yes, you heard right – the filming for both film 1 and 2 of The Hobbit only has some weeks go! Of course, it has long been known that the first part is set to premiere on November 28, 2012 in New Zealand, with the worldwide cinematic release to follow in December. But still… November suddenly just felt a lot closer.

Anyhooo, here’s the vlog for you to enjoy:

Production Video #7

P.S. Also went to see Moonrise Kingdom in Birmingham at the UK’s oldest cinema, The Electric, which has been operating since 1909. I’m not sure if I will find time to review Wes Anderson’s latest – there is enough being written about this film as is, and I prefer to prioritise underwatched and little reviewed productions (you can guess which major film I’m going to make an exception for 🙂 ). If you do want a super-brief Moonrise Kingdom verdict, it was good but not amazing (7/10 maybe?). Preferably see it without watching the trailer beforehand, as it contains pretty much all the good lines.