Total Film has published a new interview with director Guillermo del Toro in which he talks about developing The Hobbit and it’s sequel. The interview is broken up into 10 pages, but towards the middle it starts getting interesting when he begins talking about the creatures in the film.
Here’s just a sample:
I think one of the designs Im the proudest of is Smaug. Obviously he took the longest.
Its actually still active: were finishing his colour palette and a little bit of the texture. But the bulk of the design took about a year, solid. Its because of the unique features of the dragon.
Early in production I came up with a very strong idea that would separate Smaug from every other dragon ever made. The problem was implementing that idea. But I think weve nailed it.
There’s lots more to read starting here!