The Hobbit – The Battle of the Five Armies

New Line Cinema

Director: Sir P. Jackson

Visual Effects Company: Weta Digital

Job Title:  Lead Lighting Technical Director

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies - Balazs Kiss,

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Balazs Kiss,

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Balazs Kiss,

I was lead lighting technical director on the Laketown destruction / Smaug’s death sequence.

The above are some of my shots and some other public shots from this sequence.

(All images are from the published official trailers)


closing the Hobbit Saga is a bit more for me than just any other movie I was working on:

14 years ago the Fellowship made me leave the game/commercial world behind to start working on high end VFX for movies. My goal back then was to work for Weta Digital in Wellington/New Zealand and some day might work on big movies like the LOTR was.
Now, almost 15 years on, just finished working on the last piece of the Hobbit trilogy. I am filled with very mixed feelings of relief, nostalgia, fulfillment, happiness, sadness, confusion but most of all I am really proud I could be part of this journey. It was an other impossible task for us (who else does 1000+ shots in 4 weeks in this industry besides Weta?) and I am humbled I could “fight” in this war together with some of the most talented people in the industry whom I also consider friends.


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