After almost of month of nail-biting suspense, the world can finally rest at ease as the latest installment of Tolkien’s beloved books is staying in the country that bore its predecessory films. Despite a foreign Australian union’s agenda to practically destroy the New Zealand film industry along with a lowering confidence from Hollywood executives, the whole of New Zealand banded together, along with global support, to keep The Hobbit on its shores.
I just about screamed my head off this morning when I heard the news (Though for the sake of my parents’ ears, I emitted a squeal instead). I was feeling quite down about the film’s future the past few days for many reasons – mostly for the possibility that it could have broken the country that I love, thousands would’ve lost their jobs, their film industry would’ve been shattered, and its legacy would be left in the dust for the sake of an ignorant few.
There was also my personal interest in the films as they were the whole reason I went to the New Zealand in the first place back in 2008. Now, although I got very close to gaining employment there, it was not to be. However, that has not deterred my desire to keep trying nor has it curbed my passion any. The Lord of the Rings and Weta Workshop have been my inspiration for getting into the film industry and where I am today as a production artist. To see the Hobbit restored to it’s rightful place in New Zealand is truly warming to my heart. I only wish I could go party it up with my mates in Welly! Ah well, I’ll just scare the locals here in Tennessee with my celebratory antics.
I offer my forthcoming apologies now as updating for the next while is going to be a wee bit sparse. I’ve been hard at work doing art for a feature film being shot in Nashville, TN. It has been a tremendous milestone in my budding career as this is my first job as a professional production artist. So far I’ve been able to lend my drawing skills through storyboarding, character design, set design, prop design, and concept artwork. Although I am not at liberty to show any of the artwork I’ve drawn for the film, I can share the movie’s website.
Go check it out!