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Saturday 19 April 2014

Jackson blogs on Hobbit farewell

Peter Jackson did a live blog to celebrate his last day on The Hobbit set

Peter Jackson has celebrated the end of The Hobbit, by doing a live blog of his final day on the Middle Earth set.

The director, who has given regular updates throughout the shoots of all three Hobbit films, started his blog on Facebook around 6.30am New Zealand time.

"Ever since starting these blogs, there's been something I thought I'd like to try one day... blogging throughout a shoot day in real time. Try to give you all a feeling for what we deal with on an average day," he wrote.

"Today is not exactly "average", given it's our last day of shooting, but if I don't do it today, I never will!" he added.

The New Zealand filmmaker, who is working on the third instalment The Hobbit: There And Back Again, admitted arriving at the studio isn't his "favourite time of the day".

"When I drive to the studio, I usually feel nervous, and the day seems daunting. 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," he revealed.

Peter, who gave details about different shots, fight scenes, music and the cameras he is using along with photos of the cast and crew, also admitted that they were running behind their schedule.

"Too much detail! But this is the type of thing we're always dealing with. I do have to get a Facebook filter quickly written, so Warner Bros doesn't read that we didn't get yesterday finished!" he continued.

The Hobbit: There And Back Again, starring Martin Freeman and Sir Ian McKellen, will be released in December 2014.

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