The World Premier of "The Hobbit - An unexpected journey" is on Wednesday in Wellington. Along with, hopefully, thousands upon thousands of people, I'll go to the city and try and see something. I loved the atmosphere surrounding the three LOTR premiers. For one of them, I decided to get a bleacher seat but waiting-in-a-bleacher turned out to be a bit boring. I loved it when I was with the 'ordinary' people down on the street. However, one good thing about the bleacher seats: the seat-ees ran from their seats down to the front railing and the stars - knowing what high-rollers bleacher seat-ees are - trundled over and signed autographs. I didn't have a digital camera during LOTR premiers.
I also went to the "King Kong" NZ premier. Here are some pictures I took of Peter Jackson and also a pic of Andy S (Gollum)
About 19 months ago, I went to "The Hobbiton" set in Matamata. I thought it had been closed off for public tours because the very day I passed through Matamata, was the day Peter Jackson was supposed to start filming there. But, wonder-of-wonders for me, but so sad for Jackson, the set was open because Jackson had been taken to hospital a few days before.
I saw the set in it's pristine magnitude. Sunflowers and pumpkins growing in the gardnes, roses around the doors, swans on the lake. One would swear it was a true village. It must have spread out for km upon km. It was so hard to believe there weren't hobbits living behind the doors in the houses. I stood under the 'party tree', knocked on Bilbo's door, wandered along the flagstone path leading down the hill from said house, swung on Rosie and Sam's gate, and almost tripped over a grass-hidden chimney. Even the fences were growing fungus (a mixture of yoghurt and something-else for realism). I took a great photo looking down a sort of grassy rock-sided alley, and showing a hill topped with Bilbo/Frodo's house in the far distance. This exact shot was in one of the end stories of "Return of the King" as the hobbits return home, and it is also in the trailer for "The Hobbit". In all, I took about 80 photos. I may be allowed to show them after the premier.