Chosen from more than 140,000 entries following a global contest, the Hobbit Fan Fellowship is on a journey to visit locations that appear in The Hobbit Trilogy and meet behind-the-scenes creative talent involved in the films.
On day five of the fans’ journey, Wellington – New Zealand’s creative capital, variously known as ‘Wellywood’ and ‘Middle of Middle-earth’ – turned on some real VIP movie magic.
Arriving at Wellington International Airport, the fans were welcomed by creative maestro Sir Richard Taylor for the unveiling of Weta Workshop’s latest giant installation – a fearsome fire-breathing Smaug that joins the gigantic eagles already swooping through the airport’s main passenger concourse.
In nearby Miramar, the Wellington suburb where Sir Peter Jackson’s film hub continues to develop, the fans visited Weta Workshop for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour and experience of the making of costumes and props for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies.
Fans also spent time at Roxy Cinema. This magnificent art deco-styled cinema is co-owned by Oscar-winning editor Jamie Selkirk and Tania Rodger (Richard Taylor’s wife) and filled with stunning interiors created by Weta artists and decorated with wonderful old movie memorabilia.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) - will be released on 11 December. It is the third film in Sir Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Trilogy.
About the Journey
Kicking off with a unique photo opportunity with one of Air New Zealand’s Hobbit-inspired Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, the Fan Fellowship traveled to the famous tourist destination of Rotorua, where they were welcomed with a Maori cultural performance and traditional hangi banquet; to the Hobbiton Movie Set in the Waikato region, near Matamata, for a feast and private tour of the picturesque shire; to Queenstown, the scene of countless battle scenes from The Hobbit Trilogy, and the majestic filming site for the Pillar of Kings sequence in The Lord of the Rings films; then on to Wellington to celebrate the end of their adventure with Jackson himself.
The Fan Fellowship experience can be followed online at www.tfsn.co/hobbitfanfellowship as moviegoers the world over prepare to journey to Middle-earth one last time when The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hits theatres in December.
About the Film
Directed by Peter Jackson, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies features a screenplay by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Jackson also produced the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Philippa Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.
New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Present a Wingnut Films Production, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. As with the first two films in the Trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the final film is a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), with New Line managing production. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM. www.thehobbit.com #OneLastTime