Friday, January 16, 2015

Behinds the Scenes of the Visual Effects for Five Armies Battle

Below is a new video that looks into the how some of the special effects were done for the Battle of the Five Armies sequence and Smaug the Dragon. Sadly the movie didn't get a Best Visual Effects Oscar nomination it deserved with the slot going to the less deserving Interstellar.

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies Gets Sound Editing Oscar Nom

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies only received a single Oscar nomination this year in the category of Sound Editing. Personally I think it also deserved a nod in the Visual Effects category. Sadly it is unlikely to win as the technical categories (VFX, Sound, etc) get voted on by the entire Academy which is mostly comprised of 60+ old white men actors and as a result they tend to just vote according to what their favorite film is that had nothing to do with the category itself. As a result its really between American Sniper and Birdman. The full list of Oscar nominations can be found here.

Sound Editing
American Sniper – Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Martin Hern├índez and Aaron Glascock
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
Interstellar – Richard King
Unbroken – Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Hobbit 3 Opens Big

The box office data is in for the first weekend of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and the movie has done very well in its first weekend. Considering the over all light competition, I suspect the film will own the box office through the holidays. For the three day weekend the film opened to $54.7 million in the US and $89.1 once include its Wednesday and Thursday sales. Foreign sales add another $269 million for a worldwide total of $358.1 million. There is a good chance the film could cross the $1 billion threshold but that will depend in part on how well the film continues to do in the US.

Leaving Middle-Earth Featurette

Below is a new video to promote The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies as the cast and crew say good-bye to the franchise.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Origin of Middle-Earth Explained

There is technically one last major book for Middle-Earth that Peter Jackson could technically tackle if the Tolkien estate suddenly gets over their hate for him and the movies (which will never happen). It is called The Silmarillion that acts as a kind of encyclopedia (with all the facts both interesting and boring that word implies) of the Middle-Earth universe. It gets into the nitty gritty details of Middle-Earth including the origin story of the races and some of the characters we now know from the films that the below four minute video does an excellent job of explaining (hopefully it is a first of many that can provide the Middle-Earth details without slogging through The Silmarillion).