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'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 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Weta Workshop is 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 the 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

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design (July 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062265709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062265708
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Weta Workshop is 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 the 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

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A must have for Hobbit fans.
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Really mind blowing to see the details that go into making one small scene, and how much we miss while watching a movie.
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Beautiful photos, detailed pics of costumes and the art work used to bring Professor Tolkien's world to the big screen.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 18, 2014
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This is the fourth Chronicles book in the Hobbits film series. Fans and readers who like the previous three books will find that this is produced with as much care and effort as the previous three. In other words, this book is extremely detailed and insightful.

This companion book focuses on the props and costumes to the first and second Hobbit films. It's a beautiful hardcover that's 256 pages thick.

Everything in the film has to be made. It's only going through this book that one can even begin to imagine how much work there is. This book really gives you a good idea of that scope. The company responsible is 3Foot7, and production designer is Dan Hennah.

It goes through each and every costumes, weapons and accessories used by the characters, whether they are dwarfs, orcs, elves or others. All pictures used are of high resolution.

The writer and art director for this book is Daniel Falconer, who's also a designer at Weta Workshop for more than 15 years. He has included extensive writeup and commentary from the staff, the sculptors, costume makers, dyers, prop-makers, armourers, jewellers, weavers, and other craftsmen. An immense and diverse set of skills is certainly on display. The prop designs are really detailed.

The staff talks not just about the design, but also how they actually make the props, such as the fabric, shoes, belts, jewellery, rings, etc. In many cases, they actually case the metal themselves. You'll read about the many hats of Gandalf, the coins in the Dragon's treasure hoard, furniture and ornaments that decorate the sets.

After reading the book, you'll probably watch the film again with new appreciation.

Highly recommended to fans of the film.

(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pannita on July 20, 2014
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This book is my favorite one so far as i love costumes and weapons!!! It focuses on how the specialist artisans bring the films to life with their skills. This book presents the fine works of sculptors, costume makers, dyers, armorers, jewellers, leather-workers, prop-makers, and etc. All the props needed, even the food props, for the movies are in it. So, it’s totally awesome! In addition, a full photo of market in Hobbiton is attached to the back cover and this market is only seen in the extended version of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Highly recommended for fans and those who interested in prop-making or even cosplay!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LD on July 15, 2014
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Just when you think Weta could not possibly come up with anything new to share about the Hobbit movies--they do! This book provides lovely photographs and fascinating interviews with the craftspeople and designers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrea O Gillette on July 15, 2014
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If you enjoyed either the Lord of the Rings or the Hobbit movies, this book is a serious must have. I'm a bit of a behind the scenes and design nut, so I have all of the previous volumes in this series of Hobbit companion volumes, and this is by far the best. The sheer detail and number of the photographs, the thoroughness of coverage of the props, set dressing, costumes, armor, weaponry, jewelry and the people and processes that went into them is mind-boggling. I've been waiting for this one since Christmas and the wait was worth it!
A quick note for those who love the extended edition version of the movies and their special features: if you were missing some of the detail of the LOTR versions on costumes, design, and fabrication...it is here but way better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Breno Guinart Marques on August 28, 2014
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Just amazing...Weta Workshop/Digital is a creative force...maybe the biggest:best concentration of artists in all disciplines...the book reveals the depth , the passion and craftsmanship put in the movies, making you want to watch over and over again...
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Such amazing attention to detail went into creating the "Hobbit" movies, and this book documents extensively what extraordinary effort was put into creating the gorgeous costumes, sets and props used in the movies -- down to the last button, belt buckle, and jar label.

Definitely an inexhaustible resource for fans who want an up-close look at how Tolkien's world was intricately translated into Peter Jackson's films. Not only will it give you an appreciation for all the effort that went into them, but also an appreciation for the film-making process in general.

The funny insights from the cast members are a plus!
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Each one of this series of WETA hobbit companion books has been well done - each outshining the previous in the series. The latest one is no exception. The photographs are insightful. The accompanying essays are revealing introductions to the behind the scenes movie material that Tolkien fans find so interesting. I can't recommend them highly enough. I'm waiting for the final two that will accompany The Battle of Five Armies. Peter Jackson & company have been well served as has Professor Tolkien.
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This is part of an amazing series of books detailing various topics about the making of the Hobbit films.
In this one, deatils are given about armor, weapons, set dressing, fabrics used to make the films more real. Great care was given to these details, right down to the color and texture of fabrics. Filled with beautifiul pictures and commentary by the artisans who produced these items. Hobbit fans will love it.
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