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 of The Hobbit trilogy, recording for exclusive interviews with people such as Joe Letteri, Andy Serkis, Richard Taylor, Andrew Lesnie ASC, ACS -  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 -  over a gigabyte of content. 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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