Ever wonder what a day in the life of Peter Jackson is like? You can now find out.
Production for the three Hobbit films is in its final stages, and actors Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Orlando Bloom have already said their goodbyes to the series. Now it’s director Peter Jackson’s turn to bow out, and in honor of his last day on set, Jackson live-blogged the entire experience on his Facebook page.
His live posts offered behind-the-scenes photos of the cast, crew and movie set, as well as Jackson’s thoughts about his final day. At 6:30 a.m. New Zealand time, he wrote: “Ever since starting these blogs, there’s been something I thought I’d like to try one day (as well as answering the other 19 questions I owe you!) – blogging throughout a shoot day in real time. Try to give you all a feeling for what we deal with on an average day. Today is not exactly “average”, given it’s our last day of shooting, but if I don’t do it today, I never will!”
He continued to keep fans updated on his day, beginning when he left home at 8:20 a.m. (and said goodbye to his cat, Mr. Smudge). Jackson also included setting up the day’s first shot (“The day has a messy start, because the first couple of hours are going to be spent shooting stuff we were supposed to have finished yesterday”), breaking for lunch and saying goodbye to the cast and crew. He closed out the live-blog after finally arriving home shortly after 1 a.m.
“A 20 hour day … 15 years of Tolkien … 771 days of shooting,” he wrote. “A long day. A great day. Thank you all for being part of it! Now for some sleep!”
You deserve it, Peter Jackson.