The-Hobbit-The-Desolation-of-Smaug-Live-Event-ExcerptThe end of this year brings with it the second instalment in Peter Jackson’s second Middle-earth trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

The first instalment, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, has taken more than a billion dollars to date around the box office. Following its theatrical success, the film was released a few weeks ago in the US on Blu-ray and DVD, and those who had bought a copy were given access to a special live event, giving an inside look at The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Pictures and clips were swiftly taken down from the Internet when they arrived online. But now Peter Jackson himself has kindly shared an excerpt, and notes that an edited version of the full Live Event is being put together.

Thanks to everyone who tuned into our Live Event last week. I’ve never done anything like that before, and I was pretty nervous. Hope it was ok.

If you saw it, it was a pretty accurate picture of what life is like at the moment. Jabez and I sit in that editing room all day, every day, editing the second Hobbit movie, and we actually start on the third next week! A lot of that movie was shot nearly a year ago, so I’m looking forward to seeing it come alive, shot by shot in the cutting room. It’s like assembling one of those complex 2000 piece jigsaw puzzles.

For us, this is really the being of 2013, so I look forward to posting a bunch more stuff as we work through the year.

I think that an edited version of the Live Event is being made available over at the official Hobbit site, and Warner Bros have kindly let me post a 6 min excerpt here, to give everyone who missed it a sense of what it was like.

Peter J

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be arriving in theatres on 13th December, with The Hobbit: There and Back Again concluding the saga at the end of next year on 17th December, 2014.