There are book about the history of The Hobbit.
Then there are deluxe super-duper must-have wonders.
Make that wonder.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles: Cloaks & Daggers (Harper Design, $45) is the ultimate insider look at the filmmaking process of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug by one of the world’s most notable directors, Peter Jackson. This book, perhaps better known as a 256-page full-color work of art, is a stunning behind-the-scenes look at the design and making of artifacts used in the films,and features a foreword written by actress Evangeline Lilly, who plays the elf Tauriel.
Compiled by Weta Workshop designer Daniel Falconer and featuring a wealth of stunning imagery, this lavish volume puts the reader face-to-face with all of the creatures and characters that populate the first two films in the Peter Jackson trilogy. Richly illustrated with behind-the-scenes photographs, digital renders and film stills, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles: Cloaks & Daggers explores the costumes and props, including armor, weapons and jewelry, made for the first two films of The Hobbit franchise.
Featuring beautiful studio and on-set photography and film stills, chapters are broken down by type and character: Dwarves, Wizards, Hobbits, Rivendell Elves, Mirkwood Elves and more. Readers can also explore concept art, detail shots and imagery of materials samples and mock-ups, as well as the finished items seen in the film. The book features first-hand accounts from the actors, artists, digital effects specialists, and many other crew members who describe the process and how the production unfolded, while also sharing insights into the characters.
We share a wee bit about Weta Workshop. . .
They are a multi-award winning conceptual design and physical manufacturing facility based out of Wellington, New Zealand, servicing the world’s entertainment and wider creative industries. Weta Workshop is also a multi-disciplinary facility, with crew members expert in a diverse range of disciplines all housed under one roof. These services include conceptual design and the manufacturing of weapons, armor and chainmail, specialist props, custom vehicles, specialty costumes, miniatures and models, special makeup and prosthetics and public art installations or displays.
The team at Weta enjoys engaging in projects holistically, from preliminary technical analysis and conceptual design through to manufacture across all departments and the final delivery of product and crew to set, anywhere in the world. Drawing on more than twenty years of filmmaking experience, five-time Oscar-winning design and special effects supervisor Richard Taylor is intimately involved in all projects from concept through to delivery. Best known for the company’s design and effects work on award-winning film projects, including the Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia, Avatar, District 9, and The Adventures of Tintin, Weta Workshop is not limited to film and television, offering services to creative industries worldwide.