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Official Movie Guide (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) Paperback – 7 Nov 2013
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Praise for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide:
‘Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos. Fans of Middle-earth will love it.’
‘The book screams “access”, and does a great job bringing the filming alive’
‘Packed with exclusive information, this book concentrates on interviews with the cast and crew… ideal for someone interested in moviemaking as much as the story of The Hobbit.’
Hull Daily Mail
About the Author
BRIAN SIBLEY is a writer and broadcaster with a lifelong interest in fantasy books and cinema. In addition to his award-winning radio adaptations of Tolkien he has collaborated with artist John Howe on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Maps of Middle-earth. Following his bestselling accounts of the making of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and his official biography, Peter Jackson: A Filmmaker's Journey, Brian returns to chronicle the making of The Hobbit.
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The present volume - a sequel to last year's Official Movie Guide (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) - is the second of what will obviously be a trio. Available in hardcover or as a large, sumptuous paperback, it provides a nice mixture of text and copious behind-the-scenes colour photographs. Interviewees include actors returning from the first film of Mr Jackson's trilogy as well as newbies debuting in his second; and there are also many fascinating conversations with the sometimes unappreciated craftspeople whose off-camera labour created the universe in which stars like Miss Lilly, Mr Bloom, Mr Cumberbatch and Mr Fry could do their diamantine sparkling.
The quality of the writing is much above the norm for an entertainment tie-in. Sometimes, sadly, film books are cobbled together by overtasked studio publicists; this one is a substantial piece of work by the award-winning author who dramatized The Lord of the Rings for BBC Radio 4 and wrote Mr Jackson's biography. Expect great expertise lightly worn and a kindly sense of humour. As for the illustrations, they're as fascinating (and often amusing) as they're numerous.
It's becoming plain that the three Movie Guides as a set will together give us a life-story of Mr Jackson's Hobbit that will surpass even Harper's magnificent The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy. Nobody curious about how the Hobbit's magic was made can really afford to miss them. And both this one and its predecessor certainly have the Wow!-factor that you want if you're looking for something to give to a Hobbit enthusiast for Christmas.
This book gives excellent insight into the work happening behind the scenes we see in the movie. The author knows the crew since the time of the Lord of the Rings and delivers a string of interesting interviews with cast and crew, as well as great photos documenting the making-of process. I very much appreciate to learn which daily miracles were made to happen by costume designers, set decorators, make-up artists, WETA-props and prosthetics makers and countless many more people, so to manufacture an incredible end performance. These movies are not just about the right plot and good acting, hundreds of people were involved to create them and I am very keen to understand how they contributed. From the hair-punchers to the knitters, all of them were important and I very much like the thought that these easily overlooked crew members get their deserved acknowledgement as well.
The style of wirting is entertaining and informative at the same time. The persons interviewed are strategically well chosen, so the reader can get a comprehension of the dedication and commitment of ALL cast and crew which was administrated.
If you love the LotR and Hobbit-movies, I can only recommend to read this book, particularly if you are interested how your favourite characters or scenes were made to come "real".
I absolutely enjoy reading this book, I also bought the Official Movie Guide of the Unexpected Journey, but haven't read it yet - I trust it is of the same quality.
The additions of various characters that do not appear in the book would have been confusing without reading the guides.
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