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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide Paperback – November 6, 2012
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About the Author
Brian Sibley is the author of The Map of Tolkien's Middle-earth, Chicken Run: Hatching the Movie, and The Land of Narnia: Exploring the World of C.S. Lewis. He lives in England.
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My career began as a radio-writer with dramatisations for the BBC which include serialisations of J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings", C. S. Lewis' "The Chronicles of Narnia" and Mervyn Peake's "Titus Groan" and "Gormenghast" for which I won a coveted Sony Radio Award. I have also made radio programmes on a wide variety of topics from the history of magic to the crimes of Jack the Ripper! Series of note include "A Century of Cinema", "The Sound of Movies" and "'Ain't No Mickey Mouse Business!"
My specialist interests have always been film (in particular animation) and children's literature and I have broadcast numerous radio and TV programmes and written several books about both these topics.
For the best part of a decade I presented weekly arts and film programmes on the BBC's domestic and World Service networks but have spent the last few years concentrating on books including a couple of best-sellers on the making of Peter Jackson's film trilogy, "The Lord of the Rings" and researching and writing that director's authorised biography, scheduled for publication in 2006.
I live in London with my life partner, a professional magician, in a house overcrowded with so many books, DVDs and CDs (not to mention all those old videos and gramophone records!) that it is seriously beginning to look like one of Amazon.com's smaller warehouses!
Top Customer Reviews
1. This a focused on the making of the movie. It concentrates on interviews with the cast and crew, as well a technical details about effects, costumes and the like. The detail is goes into is extraordinary, and really gives you a look at all of the work that the creative team did to put this film together.
2. If you're more interested in production stills and information on the characters and setting of the movie, check out The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion. I have this as well and it make a nice companion piece to this book.
3. In general, this is for the person who in interesting in the art of movie making as much as story and world of The Hobbit. If you're the kind of person who enjoys watching the "behind the scenes" kind of shows or DVD/Blu-Ray extras, I would recommend this book.
It's worth noting that because the movies based on THE HOBBIT have been extended from two films to three, there's a lot of known cast/characters/locations not present in this book because they aren't introduced yet in the story, or are not as important to events in the first film. That said, I really enjoy Brian Sibley's effort on this, because unlike some of the making-of books that I have gotten, he presents everything the way an insider would - lots of perspectives, new faces, and covering many aspects of the production. It's easy to get lost for hours just enjoying the details.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Of course, J.R.R Tolkien's original novel is best. But the film was good, and so is the movie guide.Published 7 months ago by John Francis Russo
Brian Sibley tells you about the making of The Hobbit Unexpected Journey.Published 11 months ago by Emanuel Kandilakis
Great book! Cool pic's of behind the scene's and all your fave characters!Published 18 months ago by Mary Cools
I love this book. I have always been a fan of the books Mr. Sibley writes and this one is no different. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Ms. Hoh
Love Tolkien, love the series, the story, the actors, everything. If you're a fan too, you'll love the movie guide!Published on November 17, 2013 by Kallie_K
Very enjoyable and full of good knowledge. Brian spent a large amount of time getting this book together for all of us to love the movies more.Published on September 26, 2013 by Patrick D. Landry