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Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon (Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug)by Daniel Falconer
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Complete with stunning full-color illustrations, film stills, and behind-the-scenes imagery, Smaug is an in-depth look at how Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson brought to life J.R.R. Tolkiens fearsome dragon from The Hobbit. The book is a must have for all fans of Middle-earth.
Peter Jacksons highly anticipated film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, hit the silver screen in December 2012, and for the first time audiences around the world caught a glimpse of the terrifying dragon Smaug as he took over the Lonely Mountain. Not until the next installment of the trilogy—The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug—is released in December 2013, will audiences finally get to witness the majesty and terror of this ferocious, fire-breathing dragon. In The Hobbit, Smaug the Golden is described as one of the last great dragons of Middle-earth. He came from the North and laid claim to the great kingdom of the Dwarves of Erebor, taking over their vast riches, including gold, gemstones, mithril, silver, and, most importantly, the Arkenstone, a large gem that became the family heirloom of the Durin dwarf line. Utilizing the most advanced special effects and computer animation and graphics, Jackson and his film team were able to create the dragon Smaug to the grand heights originally envisioned by J.R.R. Tolkien. The result is mind-blowing.
This book is dedicated entirely to the dragon Smaug. The first section explores how the dragon was imagined and designed with a special focus on the dragon scenes at the end of the film. The second section, the “making of” section, shows how Smaug was brought to life by Weta Digital. The book will include pre-visual content, performance capture with actor contributions, as well as concept artwork, photographs and development paintings of the dragon and his lair. Final film stills provide the climax for the book. The Weta Workshop and Weta Digital design teams that worked on Smaug will provide the running text. Benedict Cumberbatch, who voices the dragon in The Hobbit films, provides his own insight into performing as Smaug together with a separate foreword.
How did the filmmakers manage to take the Dragon that has lived in millions of readers' imaginations and turn him into a totally unique and unforgettable living, breathing character?
The answer can be found in Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon. Packed with stunning, exclusive new images, it reveals how he grew out of countless fantastical concept designs into the beast that is unleashed in awesome digital glory.
Compiled by the Academy Award-winning Weta Digital and Weta Workshop teams, who provide fascinating insights telling the story of the Dragon's creation, this is the perfect companion for every fan who was blown away by Smaug, the Magnificent!
About the Author
Daniel Falconer has been a designer at Weta Workshop for more than a decade, producing conceptual art as part of the design team on many of the company's high profile projects, including The Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and the short-lived Halo movie adaptation. Daniel wrote and collated Weta's first two books, The World of Kong (Simon & Schuster, 2005) and The Crafting of Narnia (HarperOne, 2008), art books that showcased the illustrative work of the entire design departments behind on King Kong and The Chronicles of Narnia movies, and has provided descriptive copy for movie-based toys and collectibles including The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. He lives in Wellington with his wife Catherine and two daughters, reveling in his dream career of playing in imaginary worlds every day.
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