The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Andy Serkis
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Gollum (voiced by Andy Serkis) ©2012 Warner Bros

Our video from The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey has Bilbo Baggins escaping the Goblin tunnels. It is here Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey marched into the new year as the top film after shining at the box office on the final weekend of 2012. It is set to continue a month-long reign at the box office, to outperform Texas Chainsaw, which will open in over 2000 theaters. The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey has so far taken $242 million in the US.

Update January 7 2013: The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey was knocked into third place with Texas Chainsaw scoring top spot!

The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey – Clip: Gollum “I Wasn’t Talking To You”

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The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey – Visual Effects that created Gollum

Joe Letteri’s (Senior Visual Effects Supervisor) pioneering work on digital visual effects has earned him four Academy Awards® for Best Visual Effects on “Avatar,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” and “King Kong.” He has also received the Academy’s Technical Achievement Award for co-developing the subsurface scattering technique that brought Gollum to life.

Letteri joined Weta Digital as Visual Effects Supervisor on “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” and, over the last 11 years, has led Weta Digital to become one of the world’s premiere visual effects studios.

Letteri has developed many techniques that have become standards for bringing photographic quality to digital visual effects. He specializes in the creation of compellingly realistic creatures, from the dinosaurs of “Jurassic Park,” to Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy, the 25-foot gorilla in “King Kong,” the Na’vi in “Avatar,” and Caesar in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”

As senior visual effects supervisor on “Avatar,” Letteri oversaw a program of research and development over four years that produced shots larger and more complex than ever attempted before. This involved shooting on a virtual stage with a new camera system, along with the development of a full pipeline of tools, effectively launching a new approach to filmmaking called virtual production.

Letteri was more recently nominated for an Academy Award® for the visual effects in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” and also worked on Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin.”

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online