As I type this it is 7.30 a.m., Wed 12 June, and the trailer for the second Hobbit (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) movie has been released. Oh dear, I can neither pronounce nor spell 'Desolation" and 'Smaug" so what hope for me with this movie.... Ooooh, it looks scary! Full of action. Hope Aidan Turner gets a bigger role.
I figured something was up yesterday as I was walking past the Park Road Post (Production) building. I was almost mowed down by a plethora of folk barrelling out . "Ah ha," I thought, "What's on the horizon ...?" Usually, the staff etc all roll up en masse at Park road Post when there is something important to be viewed or talked about.
I see, too, that Hobbit filming is taking place on Mt Crawford. I went up there when they were filming "King Kong", via a back track route. Because I had to climb-stagger-stumble through a large open area, I was spotted by the security section way before I reached the top of the hill and ordered back down again. But I did manage to get a great glimpse of Skull Cave, etc. Last year, I got a fantastic view of a "village" on the top of Mt Crawford, from a plane I was on. I couldn't wrestle my camera out in time to snap a photo.
Anyway, the extras who are filming on the Mt Crawford location and thereabouts are flossied up, dressed, prepared for filming in a huge tent just opposite the Miramar Wharf. Here's a photo that I took last year.
And here is Park Road Post.