We’re still around half-a-year away from the release of the second installment in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings prequel trilogy The Hobbit, but already anxiety is running high and fans can’t get enough of the footage that has been released. Warner Bros has taken fans deeper into Middle Earth with the release of a featurette packed with behind-the-scene footage on the set of Desolation of Smaug.
The featurette, released by Warner Bros and brought to our attention by ComingSoon.net, shows some of the construction of the sets for the new film as well as the vast landscapes that fill up the canvas of Peter Jackson’s vision for the film. It both makes you want to see Desolation of Smaug, as well as make a trip out to New Zealand to visit real life Middle Earth.
It’s rather cool to see the sweeping ariel shots of the New Zealand country side as thanks to Peter Jackson, they will never not look like something out of Lord of the Rings. No matter how it’s shot, those mountains and empty valleys will always be Middle Earth and that has everything to do with Jackson and his team.
It’s not a terribly in-depth featurette but it looks like something that will appear on the Desolation of Smaug Blu Ray whenever it is released and at the very least it gives you a little more The Hobbit footage to tide you over until the December release of the next film.