“We have a rule that we’re not allowed to go more than two or three shots of anonymous people fighting without cutting back to our principal characters,” Peter Jackson told EW. “Otherwise the audience just ends up with battle fatigue.” And with the magazine reporting that “The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies” will cap off with a 45-minute battle sequence, it’s at least good to know that the director is trying to make sure we remain engaged by the CGI onslaught. That said, it’s easy to forget that this kind of stuff takes a helluva lot of planning.
“There’s a lot of logistics that have to be thought through,” Jackson says of the epic action scene which will take place at the base of The Lonely Mountain. “We have dwarves and men and elves and orcs, all with different cultures, with different weapons, and different shields and patterns and tactics.”
“Before we could loose the first arrow, we had to design the landscape itself and figure out, ‘Okay, if we have 10,000 orcs, how much room are they going to take up?’ ” he added. “ ‘Are they going to fill up the valley or look like a speck?’ Then we could start drawing the arrows on the schematics.”
Below, you can see the concept art and planning work that went into ‘Armies.’ The film opens on December 17th. And oh, another reason you might want to see it? According to Forbes, the first teaser trailer for “Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice” is expected to unspool in front of it.