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What It's Like On The Set Of Peter Jackson's Hectic 20-Hour 'Hobbit' Shoot


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If you have ever wondered what it's like on set of a big-budget movie, director Peter Jackson liveblogged his final day of filming "The Hobbit" trilogy.

Jackson is no stranger to sharing behind-the-scenes images and video diaries from the set, but this was the first time he posted so much in one day.

From 8:20 in the morning until after 1 a.m. the following day, he shared photos and narrated the hectic — and fun — day of a director on his Facebook page.

"Ever since starting these blogs, there's been something I thought I'd like to try one day (as well as answering the other 19 questions I owe you!) - blogging throughout a shoot day in real time. Try to give you all a feeling for what we deal with on an average day." 

"So here goes ... I'll try to update as much as I can during the day. At least with a quick photo. Text will depend a little on how busy it gets."

8:20 a.m.: Jackson lives a mere five minutes from the studio. He says sometimes he heads to the set without a plan for the day. He wings it.

"100 people are about to look to me to find out what our first shot is, what lens I want to use, and how many set-ups it's going to take to get the scene finished. Some of the time I have a plan, and some of the time I wing it. It helps to rehearse with the actors, and the ideas (hopefully good ones) start flowing."

9:15 a.m.: It takes a while to prep filming. Jackson says they actually filmed these two people in penguin suits.

"Should be shooting soon. Two cameras, both with 16 mm lenses. Two huge wide shots of a fight happening on an enormous set that filling most of K Stage ... The photo: yes, we did actually just film this. Please don't ask me to explain!"

10:30 a.m: There's a lot of racing back and forth between sets and stages.

"Had to race to A Stage to try and explain to Graham (left) and Christian (right) why they were shooting their Dwalin fight against green screen, and not our beautiful expensive set as planned."

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