Paradise Take 2: Jackson talks ‘The Hobbit locations

Published on : Thursday, December 12, 2013

e64621_3As the second instalment of his The Hobbit Trilogy – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – opens in cinemas around the world today (12.12.2013), there are plenty of reasons to put a smile on the face of film director Sir Peter Jackson.

Since the much-awaited world première in Hollywood last week, Jackson and his leading cast members – Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Aidan Turner, and Dean O’Gorman – have also walked the red carpet in Berlin for the European première.

“I’ve enjoyed making these as much as I’ve enjoyed doing anything in my life,” Sir Peter told CBS ‘This Morning’.

“This movie – the pace and the sort of energy of it, I think is almost reflecting my kind of increased excitement and enthusiasm and spirit as I go along.”

Book of New Zealand
In the lead up to the Hollywood première, Sir Peter was in Los Angeles for the movie’s media junket and making appearances for the press on the Book of New Zealand – a spectacular giant pop-up book at the Beverly Hilton Hotel telling the story of the real New Zealand landscapes featured in his latest film.

Rising 15 metres and roughly the size of two tennis courts side-by-side, the larger than life Book of New Zealand was divided into four sets featuring backdrops and props from the movie sets – Hidden Bay (Turoa, Ruapehu); Forest River (Pelorus, Marlborough); Lake-town (Lake Pukaki / Mt Cook); Beorn’s House (Paradise, Queenstown).

The highly detailed sets were filled with genuine props and original set construction from the film sets that had been transported in six shipping containers from New Zealand and reassembled in Los Angeles by the same team that designed and built them for the film.
The Book of New Zealand was open for five days hosting a series of private events for cast, media and VIPs, and public visits for Los Angeles The Hobbit Trilogy fans.

Exclusive interview
Sir Peter Jackson took time out from a busy media schedule to share the magic of Middle-earth New Zealand through an exclusive Tourism New Zealand interview on the Book of New Zealand.

Source:- Tourism New Zealand

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