WATCH: Two Featurettes On The Special Effects That Made ‘The Hobbit’

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ (Warner Bros.)

Oh yes, I bet you thought now that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is in the theaters we’d have run out of things to say on the subject. Well nuh-uh.

As is the way of things at the moment, the creative teams involved in making the movie were also having a movie made about their work while they made their movie. And those movies have now also been released, to the internet, to give fans a chance to see exactly how that Orc got to look like that, and sound like that, when he did that thing that time.

Here is how the visual effects team worked their magic:

And here is how the sound editors took those visuals and made them boomier, squishier, and generally more crunchy:

No news from Gandalf’s beard stylist as of yet, but we’ll keep you posted.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2. He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage. Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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