In July last year I, and several other international online journalists, visited the set of "The Hobbit" trilogy in New Zealand and spoke with everyone involved.
We went through all the assorted departments and conducted a bunch of interviews with the focus predominantly on the second film 'The Desolation of Smaug'.
Today comes the result of that trip, a guide to the making of these films that should answer various lingering questions you might have about where this second film is going and what to expect. Here are all the key links:
Set Visit: "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
Learn about the new worlds we visit, the new faces we meet, and the challenges of filming such an epic.
Interview: Sir Ian McKellen
Gandalf himself talks catching up with old friends and his initial reluctance to return.
Interview: Martin Freeman
The 'Sherlock' star on the issues with a year-and-a-half film shoot, and the evolution of Bilbo.
Interview: Luke Evans
The Welsh hunk talks his role of Bard the Bowman, and Peter Jackson's working style.
Interview: Evangeline Lilly
The former "Lost" actress on not just playing an Elf but also playing one of the few female roles in the trilogy.