“‘I’ve always tried to make movies that pull the audience out of their seats. … I want audiences to be transported.”
That was Peter Jackson speaking earlier this year about what he was hoping to achieve with his return to Middle-earth.
With the first installment in that epic saga, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” set to open Friday, we thought it might be fun to offer you the chance to watch the entirety of Peter Jackson’s conversation with Hero Complex contributor John Horn, which was recorded at Comic-Con International in July, just before the announcement that the two-film adaptation of “The Hobbit” would become a trilogy.
In the interview, the filmmaker revealed how he selected the footage that was unveiled at the pop culture expo, describing the scenes as “more character-based” while still speaking to the feeling of the story and the tone of the film. Jackson also discussed the groundbreaking 48 frames per second technology he employed for the movies, the changing nature of visual effects and how the advances in technology offer him new creative freedoms as a storyteller, saying, “Anything you can imagine you can put on film.”
And finally, he talked about the cameo the dragon Smaug makes in “An Unexpected Journey” and the overarching approach to the creature design in his new J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy, which features a “more sophisticated” version of Andy Serkis’ Gollum.
– Gina McIntyre
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