Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon

Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon

Book rating: 05 Hardback The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

By (author) Daniel Falconer, By (author) Weta Workshop, Foreword by Benedict Cumberbatch

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 104 pages
  • Dimensions: 196mm x 244mm x 16mm | 480g
  • Publication date: 3 April 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0007525788
  • ISBN 13: 9780007525782
  • Illustrations note: 100 col illus, (Includes 8 page gatefold)
  • Sales rank: 32,539

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Come face to face with Smaug the Magnificent, the most realistic, breathtaking and destructive dragon ever to appear on screen, in this gallery of exclusive images that tell the story of how he was created. Smaug is one of the most memorable characters in JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit: a huge, malevolent, fire-breathing, talking dragon! But while he makes quite an impact in the book, in Peter Jackson's film adaptation he is definitely the most spectacular creature ever to appear on screen. So 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 thousands of detailed and fantastical concept designs into the beast that is unleashed in awesome digital glory. Compiled by the Academy-Award-winning teams at Weta Digital and Weta Workshop, who provide fascinating insights telling the story of the dragon's creation, and featuring an exclusive foreword by Benedict Cumberbatch, this is the perfect companion for every fan who was blown away by Smaug, the Magnificent!

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Weta Workshop is a multi-award winning conceptual design and physical manufacturing facility servicing the world's entertainment and creative industries. Weta Workshop 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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By Thushara 18 Apr 2014 5

I thought this book would be as same size as other hobbit related art and design books (Weta workshop) But this book is much smaller in size.
You can get in depth details on how they designed the smaug and art and design concepts.
Definitely a must have for a hobbit fan!
My copy came with a bit damaged cover but I guess it's the risk we all have to take when ordering online.

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Praise for the Weta Chronicles: 'This beautifully presented book... is a lovely treat for fans' The Sun 'Whatever your thoughts on [the film] there's no denying the attention to detail invested by Weta Workshop... and the amazing images on display in new book The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Chronicles" SciFi Now