"We've taken you away with us on location, but we thought today you'd enjoy having a little look inside our studio," says Peter Jackson at the beginning of a brand-new "Hobbit" production video.
Over the last several months, the director has been teasing the highly anticipated "Lord of the Rings" prequel with a series of blogs from the set. In the past, he's shown us the mountains of New Zealand, Andy Serkis directing a scene and the full-scale food preparation needed to feed the cast and crew.
In the latest blog, Jackson shows us around Stonestreet Studios, where the film is being shot. Here, we get a glimpse into the Mirkwood forrest, the production department where all the weapons are made, a huge line of trailers where the dwarves are staying, and even a few appearances by Gandalf (Ian McKellan) in full character.
Also, there's funk music and a game called nine-square!
You can check out the full video above. Keep your eyes peeled at the end for a special appearance from a well-known elf.
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," hits theaters December 14.
[via The Hobbit Facebook Page]
Hobbiton / Matamata, Waikato
Located in the picturesque <a href="http://www.tourism.net.nz/region/waikato/" target="_hplink">Waikato</a> countryside, you can visit the hometown of your favorite hobbits, and even peek into the hobbit holes still remaining from the film set.
Edoras / Mount Sunday, Canterbury
Visit Edoras, the capital of Rohan and home to Meduseld, the hall of King Theoden, located on Mount Sunday in beautiful <a href="http://www.tourism.net.nz/region/canterbury/tours/lord-of-the-rings-tours/" target="_hplink">Canterbury</a>.
Chetwood Forest / Takaka Hill, Nelson
Follow the mysterious ranger Strider's trail through Chetwood Forest on <a href="http://www.tourism.net.nz/new-zealand/about-new-zealand/attractions/scenic-views/takaka-hill.html" target="_hplink">Takaka Hill</a>, where he led the hobbits into the rough country east of Bree in an attempt to escape the Black Riders.
Argonath on the Anduin River / Kawaru River, Otago
<a href="http://experiencequeenstown.com/kawarau-river/" target="_hplink">Kawarau River</a> was the location for the Argonath or Pillars of the Kings on the Anduin River. The Pillars themselves were computer-generated.
Dead Marshes / Kepler Mire, Te Anau
See the swamp where Gollum guides Frodo and Sam, saving Frodo as he falls under the spell of the dead floating in the murky waters, in the <a href="http://www.nzencounters.com/itineraries/51" target="_hplink">Kepler Mire wetlands</a> of <a href="http://www.fiordland.org.nz/" target="_hplink">Te Anau.
Misty Mountains / Southern Alps, South Island
The longest and highest mountains of New Zealand, the <a href="http://www.newzealand.com/travel/about-nz/features/southern-alps-feature/southern-alps.cfm" target="_hplink">Southern Alps</a> provided the ideal location for the dramatic Misty Mountains of Middle Earth, where the Fellowship had to pass through in the first film of the trilogy.
Milford Sound, Fjordland National Park
Areas near the breathtaking and world-renowned <a href="http://www.realjourneys.co.nz/Main/MilfordSound/" target="_hplink">Milford Sound</a> fjord in the Fjordland National Park provided many scenic filming locations, including scenes involving Isengard, Lothlorien and Amon Hen.
Milford Sound, Fjordland
Areas near the breathtaking and world-renowned <a href="http://www.realjourneys.co.nz/Main/MilfordSound/" target="_hplink">Milford Sound</a> fjord in the Fjordland National Park provided many scenic filming locations, including including scenes involving Isengard, Lothlorien and Amon Hen.
White Mountains / Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast
Mount Gunn near the <a href="http://www.franzjosefglacier.com/" target="_hplink">Franz Josef Glacier</a> is the location for the warning beacons that are lit along The White Mountains, from Gondor to Rohan, in "Return of the King".
Ford of Bruinen / Skippers Canyon, Otago
In the Shotover River at <a href="http://www.planetware.com/queenstown/skippers-canyon-nz-ot-sc.htm" target="_hplink">Skippers Canyon</a>, Arwen defeats the Nazgûl and saves Aragorn's life by conjuring up a fantastic flood.
Lothlorien / Lake Wakatipu, Otago Region
Though the main location for Lothlorien, the beautiful forest realm of the Elves, was <a href="http://www.fernside.co.nz" target="_hplink">Fernside</a>, a country house north of Featherston, <a href="http://www.queenstown.nz.com/lake-wakatipu.aspx" target="_hplink">Lake Wakatipu</a> was also used for some scenes.
Ithilien Camp / Twelve Mile Delta, Wakatipu
Frodo, Sam and Gollum watch the battle between Faramir's Rangers of Gondor and the men and Oliphaunts of Harad, at the <a href="http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-stay/conservation-campsites-by-region/otago/wakatipu-area/twelve-mile-delta/" target="_hplink">Twelve Mile Delta</a> trail and campsite.
Dimholt Road / Putangirua Pinnacles, Aorangi Forest Park
Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli rode through these forbidding rock formations, the <a href="http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-visit/wellington/wairarapa/aorangi-forest-park/features/putangirua-pinnacles/" target="_hplink">Putangirua Pinnacles</a>, to meet the Army of the Dead.
Mordor / Tongariro National Park
<a href="http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/national-parks/tongariro/" target="_hplink">Tongariro National Park</a>, the location for Mordor, is a World Heritage Site and a place of extremes, with everything from herb fields to forests, tranquil lakes to desert-like plateau and active volcanoes.
Mount Doom / Mount Ngauruhoe, Tongariro National Park
<a href="http://www.virtualoceania.net/newzealand/photos/volcanic/ngauruhoe/" target="_hplink">Mount Ngauruhoe</a>, an active volcano, was the stand-in for Mount Doom located in the heart of the black land of Mordor, where Frodo and Sam go to destroy the One Ring.