The fifth production video from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey finds director Peter Jackson providing an update on the production with a guide to the settings that establish the scenic landscapes of New Zealand as Middle Earth, as well as the logistics of transportation to the remote locations.
Posted on the Hobbit Facebook page, the video is a new 12-minute behind-the-scenes session, hosted by Jackson and film crew members who admit they are secretly scared and quietly excited about the complexity of the massive moves.
The process takes up to 150 vehicles to carry all the equipment, crew and cast to fully function in the production, from trucks to helicopters and rafts.
Once on location, the picturesque countryside is filled with Hobbit homes built into the hills. A sign states, Step foot onto Hobbiton with Elijah Wood! as the actor tours the countryside cottages.
With the last shot of the first part of the two films completed, Jackson explains that another video blog will be released in early 2012.
The story follows Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit, as he journeys to the Lonely Mountain accompanied by a group of dwarves to reclaim a treasure taken from them by the dragon Smaug.
The film co-stars Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman, and Andy Serkis.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is due to hit theaters on December 14. The follow-up sequel, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, is due out on December 13, 2013.