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The Hobbit: Creating a Waterlogged Action Sequence

The Hobbit: Creating a Waterlogged Action Sequence by Tamara Bakx

WIRED posted an interesting feature on The Hobbit Barrel Escape Scene.

It is about the fantastic, fun Barrel sequence we saw in The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.

“Of all the scenes in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, Peter Jackson cites the escape from the elves as one of his favorites. So in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the director went to great lengths to make Bilbo and the dwarves’ wine-barrel-enabled getaway from Thranduil’s realm into an epic seven-minute action sequence. How’d he do it? Watch the video above to see how Jackson and his team used 98 hours of footage from aerial shots, green-screen sets, live-action shoots, and complex CG environments to make the final white-knuckle scene.”

It is fun to see how they did the filming from green screen to what we viewed in the released version. The seven minutes sequence we saw in the film took ages for the actors to do. Eleven hours in three rivers and single shots. It took a lot of time. But you get an amazing view from angles and how the FX comes to life.


Tamara Bakx

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