Friday, February 20, 2015

Visual Effects of The Battle of the Five Armies

Weta Digital has posted to their YouTube channel the below video that provides a bit of a peek in how they did some of amazing VFX sequences in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies Home Video Release Details

Warner Bros. has now released the details on the home video release of The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies theatrical version. The movie will be out on March 24, 2015 and come in Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack (3D BR + BR + DVD + digital copy), Blu-ray Combo Pack (BR + DVD + digital copy) and DVD. The special features titles are listed but no specifics on what each will show but expect it to be the usual behind the scenes/sales pitch stuff of previous releases. The detailed behind the scenes stuff is going to be part of the Extended Edition that will be released at the end of the year. To pre-order from Amazon, click here: 3D Combo Pack | Combo Pack (not yet available) | DVD

Special features:
- Recruiting the Five Armies
- Completing Middle-earth
- The Last Goodbye: Behind the Scenes
- The Last Goodbye Music Video
- New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth, Part 3

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The One Ring Explained

Below is the second part to the history of Middle-Earth that explains The One Ring. Not just its origins but why Sauron created the Rings and what about their creation and eventual destruction that led to the end of magic. Even if you love the films this still provides a little extra context that is worth watching.

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