The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles II: Creatures & Characters

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Thanks to J.R.R. Tolkien, hobbits, wizards, dwarves, elves, goblins, trolls, orcs, wolves, ravens, and dragons occupy our imaginations. Now, thanks to the technological wizards of Weta Workshop, they also inhabit Peter Jackson's masterful The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey film. This authorized oversized hardcover explains the thorough transformation of actors, using renderings and exclusive, behind-the-scenes photographs to illustrate this arduous process. Interviews with artists, technicians, and actors lend a unique depth to the presentation. (P.S. This book follows on the heels of the DVD and Blu-ray release of the film.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062265685
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/9/2013
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 105,765
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    I bought this book because I enjoyed part I so much.  This book

    I bought this book because I enjoyed part I so much.  This book is good (maybe 3.5 stars good), but when I compare it to the first book, I preferred the earlier volume.  As mentioned elsewhere: beautiful photos.  Lots of detail.  Lots and lots of detail.  The first book in the series is a whimsical journey through the making of the film (which I loved).  This second one, though, gets into so much detail I found myself getting bogged down at times.  So I recommend this book--especially if you enjoy reading about the "nitty gritty" of film making, but for just the casual fan this one may be a bit much.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    Love The Hobbit. . .?

    . . .then you need this! It's a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful book.

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  • Posted May 22, 2013

    WOW! (2)

    I have hardly ever seen a better book--except maybe the first in the series! quality, photography, descriptions, concept art, introductions, interviews... need I go on? Phenomenal book! A major look into the production world of "An Unexpected Journey"! A must read! (So this review isn't original because it is the same as my review of the first book. So What!?!)

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    Posted April 13, 2013

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