Review of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles: Art and Design – Daniel Falconer

Posted: March 16, 2014 in fantasy, Review

Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles Art and Design

This book details the meticulous lengths the production team and craftsmen went to in order to tell the story of The Desolation of Smaug.  The creation of various environments, cultures, creatures, and artefacts, like Beorn’s home, the Woodland Realms, and Azog and the Orcs, are explored, telling us why it was envisioned like that and how the effects were achieved.

This is a wonderful coffee table book with comprehensive documentation of the incredibly detailed process involved in making this movie.  There are thousands of stunning images of the conceptual art involved and photographs supplied by cast and crew.  An introduction by the concept art director Alan Lee and foreword by the film’s set decorator Ra Vincent are included, along with a fold-out portrait of the Mater of Lake-town.  Played by Stephen Fry, he is exactly as he appears in the film and a feature that is unique to the book.

This a a beautiful book and a must have for any Hobbit fan.


Supplied by HarperCollins New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan


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