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Official Movie Guide (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) by [Sibley, Brian]
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‘Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos. Fans of Middle-earth will love it.’
Sunday Mirror

‘The book screams “access”, and does a great job bringing the filming alive’
SFX

‘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 life-long interest in fantasy books and cinema. His fascination with J. R. R. Tolkien and the myths and history of Middle-earth first led to his critically-acclaimed 26-part BBC radio dramatisation of The Lord of the Rings in which the role of Frodo was played by Ian Holm, who went on to portray Bilbo in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, a role he is now reprising in The Hobbit.

Brian’s subsequent radio dramas included several of Tolkien’s short novels collected under the title Tales from the Perilous Realm, C. S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress, two series of Tales of the Bizarre by Ray Bradbury, novels by Roald Dahl, J B Priestley and James Thurber as well as Mervyn Peake’s Titus Groan and Gormenghast which won him the prestigious Sony Radio Award. A recent return to Peake country resulted in a six-hour serialisation entitled The History of Titus Groan, recipient of the 2012 BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Dramatisation.

His books include Three Cheers for Pooh, Chicken Run: Hatching the Movie, The Making of The Pirates!, Cracking Animation, The Disney Studio Story, The Book of Guinness Advertising, The Land of Narnia and Shadowlands, as well as his collaboration with John Howe on J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Maps of Middle-earth.

Following on from his award-winning accounts of the making of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and his official biography, Peter Jackson: A Filmmaker's Journey, Brian returns to chronicle the making of the The Hobbit.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 73922 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (8 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009JWCP4Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #181,699 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There aren't many films that come with a behind-the-scenes story rich enough to justify their own biography, but The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is emphatically one of them. Whether or not Peter Jackson's fourth Tolkien adaptation becomes as successful as his Oscar-laden third, the tale of its long, complex, challenging, hugely ambitious production makes for an engrossing read.

The 168 handsome pages of this large format, glossy, full colour, double columned and luxuriously embossed-covered paperback (Bernard Levin would have deducted a star to punish the unavailability of a hardback alternative) are divided into fifty-five bite sized chunks, perfect for a reader with a busy life who has to read in snatches. The illustrations are large, beautifully printed and numerous - I counted only seven pages without one - and would be worth the price of the book by themselves.

Brian Sibley proves an assiduous interviewer, as eager to celebrate the contributions of artists, weapon makers, clothes designers and other backroom craftspeople as to speak to Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellen or Barry Humphries. (If you've read Brian's earlier The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy, you'll find the treatment here very similar.) Topics covered include the aborted directorship of Guillermo del Toro, Peter's abandonment of 24 frames per second celluloid for 48 frames per second Ultra High Definition video, the techniques and benefits of stereoscopic cinematography and how thirteen dwarves were put through old time military boot camp!
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I HAVE LOVED THE HOBBIT SINCE I WAS 12 AND AS PETER JACKSON HAS MADE SUCH AN EXCELLENT JOB OF THE TRILOGY I WANTED TO LOOK AT WHAT HE HAD DONE WITH THE HOBBIT BEFORE I SAW THE FILM.THIS BOOK IS FULL OF GREAT PHOTOS OF THE SETS , INTERVIEWS WITH THE STARS , FACTS ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE SETS AND THE ELABORATE COSTUMES.IT'S WELL PUT TOGETHER AND LOVELY JUST TO BROWSE.I SEE THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHER BOOKS AVAILABLE I NOW SEE HOWEVER THIS IS A VERY GOOD ONE TO HAVE AND I RECOMMEND IT.
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I found this very interesting. Especially the portrayal of Peter Jackson who comes across as someone who knows what he wants whilst being prepared to change things for the good of creativity. The Hobbit is my favourite book and I'm thoroughly enjoying the films. If you are a fan of the tale you will enjoy hearing about the different stories behind the characterizations of the dwarves by the actors and the whole insight into the filmmaker's methods are fascinating.
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I'm so happy that Peter Jackson has returned to Middle Earth because he did such an amazing job on the Rings trilogy. This behind the scenes book is great because it covers different areas of the film making, from costume and make up to sets. The make-up for the dwarves and the hobbits is amazing± The whole production was outstanding and this book demonstrates the amazing work.

Its a must for those interested in the production of the film and film geeks
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Once again the world of The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings is brought to life by the master of all things Tolkien. New Zealand seems perfect with Peter Jackson for the Hobbit. Here you can see the skill of those background peopel that help bring this world to life.
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The book is full of anecdotes and background of the movie creation process, as well as gorgeous photographs. I enjoyed very much reading and seeing how various pieces were arrived at - for example the input the actors had into their characters, or the sheer scale of the collaborative work involved between everyone from Peter Jackson on down.
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The formatting for the kindle edition is terrible. The text is overlapped and I can't read what it is supposed to say. Considering this cost money, I found this very disappointing.
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This is a must have for any hobbit fan. It's a really thick book that covers so much interesting detail about the film and the book - go and get it! Much better than I thought
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