The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

24 Oct 2012

Epic adventure will have its world premiere on November 28, 2012 in Wellington, New Zealand.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey epic adventure will have its world premiere on November 28, 2012 in Wellington, New Zealand. A production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is the first of two films from filmmaker Peter Jackson, the Academy Award-winning director of The Lord of the Rings Trilog, following the story of Bilbo Baggins..

Among the creative behind-the-scenes team returning to Jackson’s crew are director of photography Andrew Lesnie, production designer Dan Hennah, conceptual designers Alan Lee and John Howe, composer Howard Shore and make-up and hair designer Peter King.  The film is edited by Jabez Olssen.  The costumes are designed by Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor and Bob Buck. Taylor who is the Creative Director  is also overseeing the design and production of weaponry, armour and prosthetics which are once again being made by the award winning Weta Workshop. Weta Digital take on the visual effects for both films, led by the film’s visual effects supervisor, Joe Letteri. Post production will take place at Park Road Post Production in Wellington.

Weta Workshop chose Willington Airport to serve as a gateway between the country and the numerous visitors to the unforgettable worldwide premiere for the trilogy. For the simple reason, that the films are concurrently shot on locations across the New Zealand, it will be first screened right here. Preparations of different profiles are being made in Wellington to host the participants of this enormous ceremony.

Wellington City Council will contribute $1.1 million to the premiere week activities and towards ensuring Wellington is again looking its best under the international spotlight.

The creation is still in development and the full details cannot be released yet, but it will be suspended in the main terminal where all travelers enter and will be 13 metres long and 3 metres high, or the size of a small jet aircraft.

Stars and VIPs will walk more than 500 metres of red carpet from Reading Cinema to The Embassy Theatre, both of which will be screening the film for invited guests on premiere night.  The event will be covered by press from around the world.

Celebrations and preparations for the World Premiere are already well underway, highlights include:

  • A ‘countdown clock’ to be installed on the front of the Embassy Theatre. The clock will count down the minutes to the beginning of the premiere celebrations.
  • Stunning artwork inspired by The Hobbit Trilogy to welcome visitors at Wellington International Airport and across the city.
  • A Hobbit-inspired Artisan Festival in Waitangi Park showcasing the various craftspeople and talent involved in the making of The Hobbit Trilogy.
  • Outdoor, free public screenings of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy leading up to the premiere night event.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters December 14th 2012, the second installment, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits December 13th, 2013 and the third chapter of the trilogy, The Hobbit: There and Back Again hits Summer 2014

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