About six hours ago Peter Jackson released his third diary of the making of The Hobbit onto his Facebook page. Just re-reading that sentence gives me pause. It really is incredible to think of how much things have changed in just the last decade, I can’t imagine anyone even having dreamed of making these diaries and putting them in the extras for the movie (I’m not saying that’s what he’s going to do with these) let alone putting them on this internet thing, but let’s move on.
I had always wondered how they have Gandalf or the elves look so tall when standing next to the hobbits or dwarves, and I had always assumed that they didn’t film those scenes together at all and they just placed them in later with the help of the green screen. The diary shows a bunch of the dwarves, maybe all 13, sitting together at a dinner table in Bag End with Gandalf and I suddenly noticed that they were actually in the midst of filming and even without the green screen there was a considerable difference between Gandalf and those sitting right next to him, that kind of blew my mind until they showed the dwarves and their miniature doubles a few minutes later and finally I understood how they filmed these scenes. I’ve never really been interested in the making of any movie other than these hobbit movies, and I’m not sure why these have garnered my attention since I actually hated The Hobbit when I read it in sixth grade and didn’t care for The Lord of the Rings as I was racing through those books between the movie release of The Two Towers and The Return of the King.
Anyway, here’s the link for the diary, but think of this one as more of a dwarf diary than a Peter Jackson diary.