Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies B-Roll

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.

James is a movie obsessive with a particular love for scores and screenplays. He has written for numerous blogs, sites and cinemas and has been involved in several screenwriting projects. He can usually be found in front of a large plasma screen devouring Westerns, 80s pulp, Jimmy Stewart movies or anything by the Coens.

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