01 Nov

Flying with the Hobbit

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Air New Zealand "Hobbit" safety film Air New Zealand "Hobbit" safety film Air New Zealand/WETA

If you're a routine flyer, the most tedious part of the whole process is watching the safety demos. Air New Zealand has changed all this.

Featuring a cameo appearance from New Zealand's greatest natural resource, Peter Jackson, and put together by WETA, the now legendary CGI and VFX facility, this four-minute piece must have had the biggest production budget in safety film history.

A nice touch is the Hobbit-like language: "If an oxygen mask should fall before you…"



David Shapton

David is the Editor In Chief of RedShark Publications. He's been a professional columnist and author since 1998, when he started writing for the European Music Technology magazine Sound on Sound. David has worked with professional digital audio and video for the last 25 years.

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