How soon is too soon to begin hyping a film?
If it were any other franchise, I’d respond, “Over 1.5 years in advance is definitely too soon.” But since we’re talking about The Hobbit, I think my fellow Lord of the Rings devotees will agree that getting a sneak peek at the cast in action — and being able to feel like you’re a part of the kickoff of such an extraordinary undertaking — is pretty damn cool.
On March 20, returning director Peter Jackson set up a Facebook page for himself, and ever since he’s been doling out irresistible nuggets of Hobbit info — from an essay on why he’s choosing to film the prequel at 48 frames per second, to the outstanding behind-the-scenes video below. That’s right, production has finally started on the long-awaited and undeniably epic project, and it literally brings tears to this fangirl’s eyes.
Umm… HELLOOOOOO — how cool was it to get to see Ian McKellan, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman and so many other cast members at work? I was astonished by how much was included in Peter’s video. You know what I thought the best part was, though? The music. I swear, that soundtrack has such power over me… I totally got the chills.
However, as excited as I was to see what’s going on in New Zealand, there’s a part of me that’s kind of wishing Peter doesn’t share too much with us going forward. I’m worried it might take away a bit of the movie’s magic. I mean, I’ll be all over the official trailer (which won’t hit until mid to late 2012, I would imagine), but I’m not sure how much more I want to see before that. Gobbling up DVD extras about the filmmaking process after the movie’s come out is one thing, but seeing so much of it before it’s even completed is quite another.
Anyone else feel the same way? Or will you take any little morsel that you can get leading up to The Hobbit‘s release?