No desolation for Peter Jackson
Film director releases production diary on part two of 'Hobbits' trilogy

DESOLATION ROW. Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in 'Smaug.' Photo from the movie's Facebook page.

MANILA, Philippines – The back story of a film’s production is as much a fascinating spectacle as the movie itself. This is especially so when it comes to the magic of Peter Jackson’s cinema.

The New Zealand film director continues to draw from the creative wealth of his idol J.R.R. Tolkien, as he comes out later this year with “The Desolation of Smaug,” the 2nd part of his trilogy on the English writer’s novel, “The Hobbit.”

This trilogy is a prequel to Jackson’s highly successful earlier trilogy, “Lord of the Rings,” also based on Tolkien’s work.

Jackson has posted on a production-diary video, addressed as well to Comic-Con 2013, explaining that he “wasn’t ready to present anything of ‘The Desolation of Smaug'” at the comicbook convention in San Diego, California, on July 18.

The director was well received at last year’s Comic-Con where he presented footage of the first part of “The Hobbits” trilogy.

Compensating for his absence this year because of the hectic filming of “Smaug” is this video showing Jackson’s team at work in the office, which may inspire fans and filmmakers to pursue the career path of this much admired filmmaker.

Watch the production diary here:


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