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Making of The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug by Weta Digital

Weta Digital Making of The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug, Middle-earth is a fantastical world of imagined landscapes and many incredible digital creatures. We completed almost 2000 VFX shots for the film, encompassing hero digital performance work, large scale water and fire simulations, complex digital environments, digital doubles of a large cast, and extensive creature work. Take a glimpse at the invention, artistry and innovation that the artists at Weta Digital used to make it all come together in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Also watch:

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  • john grassy knoll

    3D studio max and mental ray at it’s best.

  • sanch

    Is it just me or the Gold in the forge sequence is looking really brilliant.. very much unlike my 3D viewing of the film, so are the fires

    • Humberto Adan Herrera Cosio

      It looked very bright in Unexpected Journey, but it was way darker in the second. Maybe this is just a video thing, we’ll see once it gets out on video.
      Might a 3D thing too

      • sanch

        I loved the bright factor of Unexpected Journey. The Hobbit story is a colorful journey for half of the movie before Mirkwood. so i think the color coding in the first movie is brilliant.. I am talking here about just the forge scene which when viewed in HFR din’t have the precise qualities , the gold was not top notch and so were some of the fire that dragon breathes. The forge scene was excellent however.. Hence when i looked at this video the fire and the good looked much real .. not a bad thing eh?