Peter Jackson on Fight Scenes as Story

Today, as part of the press junket for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug“, Google+ held a Hangout with Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly and five fans from around the world.

This event really showcases Google Hangouts and how they are changing the way celebrities and their fans interact. There are lots of fun bits for fans. The hangout is also a great example of interactive promotion of a film or other media project, but that is a topic for another day.

Posted above, the entire video is worth watching. But, I’d like to draw your attention to two specific segments which I think should prove valuable to storytellers of every stripe.

First, Peter Jackson discusses the value of framing combat sequences, particularly long ones, so they hold the viewer’s attention by advancing the stories of the central characters. I take this as in important all-around lesson in scripting, storyboarding and blocking action sequences.

Jump to this segment here.

The second piece of interested is cued up below. In this bit, Jackson and Armitage discuss the development of Thorin Oakenshield for the screen. Not an easy character to like or understand in Tolkien’s novel, Armitage’s process for developing a relatable, accessible Thorin is interesting.

Jump to this segment here.

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Doug Daulton

Doug’s career has been invested in leveraging emerging technology to tell stories that interest him and helping others do the same. His work includes ground-breaking, high-profile live streams and independent feature films.

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