Smaug is in my opinion the single greatest aspect of The Hobbit trilogy - not to mention one of the great achievements in visual effects history. This book looks at all the aspects of bringing the character to life: designing the dragon; concept art and previs; building models at Weta Workshop; complexities of the CGI animation; shading and textures; the voice/performance of Benedict Cumberbatch.
Weta is an amazing company that does most of the design work on the "Hobbit" films. They do everything from practical effects (prosthetics and miniatures) to digital effects (CGI simulations and character animation). It's important to note that the people that work on these films are not only master technicians, but they are very creative artists as well.
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