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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

 

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Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Hobbit fans rejoice.

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson is finally releasing his long-awaited The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second in a trilogy of films adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s enduringly popular masterpiece on December 13, 2013.

The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before The Lord of the Rings, which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy culminating in his Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the gullible adventure of Bilbo Baggins as he dimwittedly journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, they encounter the skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood.  Escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves, the Dwarves journey to Lake-town and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they face the greatest danger of all — a creature more terrifying than any other: one which tests not only the depths of their courage, but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself– the Dragon Smaug.

Lesser individuals would’ve turned back a long time ago, but let’s face it.  This is Bilbo.  Bilbo isn’t exactly the brightest crayon in the Hobbit box.

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield.  Of course, there’s many more to the cast of minions, scads of armor and weapons used and abused, and a dramatical musical score highlighting the perilous Odyssean journey throughout.

Under Jackson’s direction, the film was shot with special effects galore in 3D 48 frames-per-second and will be released in High Frame Rate 3D (HFR 3D) in select theaters, and IMAX.  Production of the epic fantasy flick took place at Jackson’s facilities in Miramar, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.

 

The way Hobbit fans see it, if Jackson’s latest film doesn’t give you spinal chills, you simply aren’t human.

 

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Flea Sneak Peak Tonight

 

The Price is Right and the Local Filmakers Series is One of Humboldt’s Best-Kept Secrets

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

HAPPENING TONIGHT At 6:30

On Friday, September 7, Benjamin Bettenhausen, a local filmmaker and producer, will share selected works with a sneak peek at behind the scenes of the movie FLEA as part of the Local Filmmakers Night series at Eureka High School Lecture Hall.

Bettenhausen, whose works include documentaries, commercials, and industrials, often performs as the writer, director, videographer, and editor mastering all areas of filmmaking.

FLEA is a $300,000-plus production filmed in Humboldt by Suza Lambert Bowser Productions.   Location shoots took advantage of striking local scenery including Humboldt’s forests, Arcata Plaza, and the otherworldly back bowels of, say, Arcata Scrap and Salvage.  The film taps an astounding amount of local talent: actors, support staff, set designers, make-up artists, grips, gaffers, and many more with the technical skills required to make a full-on motion picture.

Former Humboldt Film Commissioner Mary Cruse said Humboldt County is well-positioned to become a production-friendly film mecca because of productions like FLEA.

“The more quality and creative productions that are made by local filmmakers, the more attractive we are for visiting productions,” Cruse said.  She credits Humboldt State’s film program and local high school support for media production with helping develop the area’s abundant moviemaking assets.

“Because of digital media, our locations and our talent, there’s no reason Humboldt County can’t become a premier location for international film productions. For every key film position, we have crew,” Cruse said.

For the simple plot summary of FLEA, the Brady Bunch’s Greg Brady… er, Barry Williams, gives the short synopsis in the above clip.  More info can be found at fleamovie.com.

Local Filmmakers Night, a collaboration between Access Humboldt, filmHUMBOLDT and the Eureka High School Media Club, is a screening series that supports and promotes the local film community.  Following the screening, attendees can enjoy, Q & A session with the filmmaker, movie trivia, prizes, and a reception at Access Humboldt’s Community Media Center.

Doors open at 6:30. Screening starts at 7 pm. Admission is $5 per person and all are welcome to attend.

The Eureka High School Lecture Hall is located on Humboldt St. & K St. by the EHS Gymnasium.

(Access Humboldt adds:  Thanks to the event’s sponsors: La Dolce Video, Brett Shuler, Wildberries, Cassaro’s Catering, Old Town Coffee & Chocolates, Los Bagels, Spotlight Video and Figueiredo’s Video on Harris!)

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Folks, take it from Skippy:  These screenings are a wonderful experience.  They rate a full thumbs-up.  A good Humboldt crowd of friends and neighbors, the catered eats and treats included in the price are wonderfully good and plentiful, and the cushioned seats are pretty comfy.

At $5 a pop, you won’t find a better value and venue in the County.  And you’re supporting our local filmmakers, Eureka High, and Access Humboldt, too.

 

 

 

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