Director Peter Jackson revealed on his Facebook page that today is the final day of principal photography on The Hobbit: There and Back Again. He also promised to update the page as frequently as he can today, so check back for more updates from the New Zealand set, where it is currently 9 AM. Take a look at the filmmaker's message, and you can CLICK HERE to follow his posts yourself.
"Our last day of shooting.
Ever since starting these blogs, there's been something I thought I'd like to try one day (as well as answering the other 19 questions I owe you!) - blogging throughout a shoot day in real time. Try to give you all a feeling for what we deal with on an average day.
Today is not exactly "average", given it's our last day of shooting, but if I don't do it today, I never will!
So here goes ... I'll try to update as much as I can during the day. At least with a quick photo. Text will depend a little on how busy it gets.
Right now, it's just gone 6.30 AM here in Wellington. I'm in bed, about to get up! I didn't get much sleep - too stressed about how we're going to get through everything we need to shoot. I kept running it over in my mind.
We're shooting scenes for Film 3 today. Stuff you will see in Dec 2014, so I'm going to try and make this honest, but spoiler free.
I've been lying here in pitch darkness, watching fight rehearsals over and over again. Our stunt co-ordinatior, Glen Boswell, worked with the actors last weekend, designing some climatic battle moments. He filmed them, and I have them on my iPad, in an application we wrote called "WingNut TV". It's a program that allows a huge amount of material to be catalog used and updated each day over the Internet. It contains all our dailies, edited films, previs, music, and much more. I'm looking at the fights, figuring out the angles I'll need to film them today. A huge amount to do, and it needs to get done.
Our shoot day starts at 8.30am, and is supposed to finish at 7.30pm. I suspect we'll be working late. Whenever we work a long day, I joke with the crew that I'm just softening them up for when James Cameron shows up in Wellington to shoot Avatar 2 and Avatar 3. Well ... It's not really a joke.
I'll try and update often today."