It’s a given these days that studios will release additional material surrounding the filmmaking process when releasing a major tentpole film. Over the last couple of years there has been a noted increase in VFX breakdown reels and behind the scenes documentaries that go deeper than ever before.
But after watching these kind of features, I usually find myself wanting something different to what I get. I don’t want to hear about the process and then see the end result; I’d much rather just be a fly on the wall as a production was happening. I want to see how a director gets moments from his or her actors. I want to see a crew working through the enormous logistical issues that hamper every shoot. I want to feel like I was there so I can really learn from it.
With that in mind I’m very happy to be able to present two clips released by The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies production unit. These are essentially chopped together clips of B Roll footage which don’t glamourise anything, or have a showy production value, they reveal the reality of the set, and just how key scenes were achieved.
For a film fan this is incredible watching, and it serves to once more elevate Peter Jackson in my mind, as a director who is at once a world leading visionary, and man of the people. You’ve got to love the cup of coffee always in hand even when choreographing an orc/elf melee.
Just 8 more days until the Middle Earth sextet of films is complete! Bittersweet times.