thanks to the tens and tens of thousands of our readers who downloaded our ibook. It has now been removed from the ibook store. We hope you enjoyed your Christmas present !


For Lord of the Rings fans around the globe, a new era of excitement is about to unfold - the arrival of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

To find out how the filmmakers returned to Middle-earth, fxguide is proud to have produced an exceptional ebook which is free to download. The Craft of The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey iBook was made by fxguide as part of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'For Your Consideration' Awards campaign, focused on all the craft categories from visual effects to cinematography in the lead up to next February's Academy Awards.

An entire team from fxguide spent over a week in Wellington, New Zealand with the film makers ofΒ The Hobbit trilogy, recording for exclusive interviews with people such as Joe Letteri, Andy Serkis, Richard Taylor, Andrew Lesnie ASC, ACS - Β in fact we did over 30 interviews with the film makers.

Inside the iBook you can explore how Peter Jackson and his close team of collaborators crafted the film's new worlds for Bilbo Baggins' journey with written pieces, videos, exclusive making ofs and interactive 360 turntables.

There are first-hand looks at the visual effects, art direction, cinematography, costume design, makeup effects, editing and sound design behind the film. All these exclusive behind the scenes interviews, interactive elements, galleries, character turntables and effects breakdowns are yours to download -Β  over a gigabyte of content.Β The iBook is a free download from Apple's iTunes Store.

(but note - the iBook contains spoilers!)

Also check out our online in-depth visual effects coverage of An Unexpected Journey here on fxguide, with our special comprehensive written article, fxguidetv episode and podcasts.

We hope you enjoy this new move by fxguide into epublishing and we welcome your thoughts and feedback.


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  • Mark Wilcox

    Looks great, any chance of an Android of PDF version?

  • Sorry ibook only – for the ipad and ipad mini.

  • Amid Rajabi

    thanks πŸ™‚

  • Igor Ryabchuk

    No international love on this one? The ibook is only available in US store (or at least not available in Ukrainian one)

    • Raveen Rajadorai

      Yeah. Another vote for an international version!

      • Give it time … I believe it is now in Canada and other itunes stores…

        • It is also in the german store and many others

  • alex

    please find an alternative to ibooks and itunes distribution in the future so we can all enjoy

  • Thanks so much, fantastic early Christmas present!

    And let me take this opportunity to say thanks for an amazing year of VFX coming out of fxguide. Looking forward to 2013!

    • Amid Rajabi

      Yeap … Great year of FXGUIDE …

  • Colin Riley

    Haven’t seen it on the Canada’s store yet. So is this FXguide’s official stance/opinion on the Oscars?

    • I have been told it is in the Canadian store…
      And this is not an official stance on the Oscars –
      We loved a bunch of films this year.. we just worked with Warners and Weta to produce this for Oscar season ..
      we thought you might like it.
      Before the Oscars we also have exclusive content on Dark Knight Rises and Avengers and more….
      All good πŸ™‚
      Happy Christmas / Happy Holidays

      • Colin Riley

        I hear ya,


  • Ivor Ribeiro Da Silva

    Wow great stuff, really appreciate it.
    Happy holidays and can’t wait to see what fxguide has in store for 2013

  • jose herrera

    Happy Holidays .. Great work this year !! Thanks

    Looking forward to 2013

  • Daehwan

    I hope that this is available in South Korea, too!

  • paul_round

    Android here too πŸ™

  • Just a huge thanks to those of you who downloaded the ibook and who have then emailed or posted comments. We really appreciate the feedback – I hope you have found all the easter eggs !

  • Jishnu Dev

    Not for india??? πŸ™ πŸ™

  • Nikola Vucenovic

    Unfortunately, iTunes store is not available in Serbia, and it will not be for a long time.

    Is there any other way that i can get my hands on some kind of a copy or download link. Being a student of camera and photography, this article (and many others from fxguide) is very useful for me and my collegues.

    Thank you for years and years of great stuff! πŸ™‚

  • iSO iis ithis ithe ifuture? I this and I that ? iterriable..

    • There are huge HUGE numbers of iPads so yes we thought an ipad ibook was a great idea, but clearly some people like our videos, some our audio podcasts, some our written stories and some will like our ibook. I understand from your comment you dont like this – but I would respectfully point out it is free ! πŸ™‚
      But Jay thanks for the comment – we love getting feedback good or bad.


      • Nikola Vucenovic

        Hey, Mike. From my point of view, it’s not about not liking the ibook, it’s not being able to read the thing that is frustrating, especially because it is free. I listened, read and watched every single thing FXG posted in last years, and becouse i liked them, i want to read the ibook. The thing is that i can’t read it becouse of country i am living in, or product i can’t use to its fullest.

        This is not a complaint, just a feedback.

  • Natalie Asport

    I’m reading the older comments and noticing that the iBook still needs time to be distributed to other countries. I live in the US and it is not available for me also. Where is it actually available? Is it only available to readers in New Zealand? Any information is appreciated because I would not want to miss out on this inside look to a visual compelling movie.



  • Sorry Natalie – We just removed the ibook.
    It is no longer available, I hope everyone who wanted it downloaded it.
    This was our agreement with Warners. And may I take this chance to thank Warners and Weta for a wonderful experience.


    • Natalie Asport

      Aw alright, thank you. Maybe next time!