The Hobbit Chronicles: Creatures & Characters

The Hobbit Chronicles: Creatures & Characters

Hardback The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey

By (author) Daniel Falconer, By (author) Weta Workshop, Foreword by Andy Serkis

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 246mm x 311mm x 27mm | 1,436g
  • Publication date: 4 April 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0007487266
  • ISBN 13: 9780007487264
  • Illustrations note: 500 col illus, (1 x 6pp fold-out)
  • Sales rank: 27,983

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The ultimate celebration of the first Hobbit movie reveals the culmination of the creative vision for the film through exclusive interviews with the designers, cast and crew, and more than 500 previously unpublished photographs, written and designed by the team at Weta Workshop. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles - Creatures and Characters explores the amazing cast of heroes and villains, beasts and beings that populate Middle-earth in the first chapter of Peter Jackson's film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. Richly illustrated with behind-the-scenes photographs, digital renders and film stills, this comprehensive book goes species by species, character by character, through the film's huge ensemble of characters and bustling menagerie of creatures, both physical and digital, telling the stories of how each came to be realized for the film. In first-hand quotes from the actors, make-up artists, digital effects artists, dialect coaches, prosthetics technicians, movement coach and many other crew, the stories of the production unfold, processes are described and insights into characters shared. As a bonus feature, unique to this book, there is a special fold-out Character Size Chart, which compares all the major creatures and characters of the film, from Radagast's hedgehog friend to the towering Stone Giants! Compiled by Weta Workshop designer Daniel Falconer, and featuring a wealth of stunning imagery, this book puts the reader face to face with the Dwarf heroes of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the dark denizens of Middle-earth, such as Orcs, Goblins, Trolls and Wargs, and of course, the hobbit himself, Bilbo Baggins.

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Daniel Falconer has been a designer at Weta Workshop for more than fifteen years, 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 Chronicles of Narnia, Avatar and The Hobbit. Daniel lives and works in Wellington with his wife Catherine and two daughters. Weta Workshop is a multi-award winning conceptual design and physical manufacturing facility servicing the world's entertainment and creative industries. It houses a range of disciplines under one roof - including conceptual design, weapons, armour & chainmaille, specialist props, vehicles, specialty costumes, models & miniatures, special makeup & prosthetics, public art & displays.

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