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A Middle Earth montage for 'The Hobbit' (Warner Bros.)
‘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.

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By Fraser McAlpine