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Mark Newton

So, it really has almost come to an end. Gandalf has gone. Legolas has gone. And now Peter Jackson has just blogged the last shot from his Hobbit Trilogy.

As production was wrapping up, Jackson kept a timely record of events on his Facebook page. Click here to be transported there, or scroll down to see the latest posts.

The last shot.

Big monitors, main unit. Small screens bottom right, splinter.

We're neck and neck ... Shooting our final shots at the same time.

10.32 pm. 4 or 5 takes so far.

No, wait ... Done! While I was typing this, we shot more takes and finished! Richard was fantastic. Splinter almost done. Minutes away.

Smiles and happiness... And sadness. Yikes, very sad.

Just shot this close up of Richard. Look for it in Dec 2014!

2 more shots to go. Main Unit shooting Thorin, Splinter Unit shooting Fili and Kili.

9.21pm. Getting very near the end ...

One Hot Director with Two Not Quite So Hot Dwarves.

Aidan and Dean nail their first shot today. They've been waiting patiently since lunchtime. 3 more to go for Splinter.

8.15pm. Lining up third to last Main Unit shot.

Goodbye Dwalin! The very lovely Graham McTavish just competed his last shot with honours.

Main Unit and Splinter are running neck and neck. Each with 4 shots left. It's going to be another 3 hours or so. Which ever unit finishes first gets to drink all the beer.

7.30pm ... Boxing on ...

Big Richard, Medium Richard and Little Richard.

2.00pm. Just breaking for lunch, with the first shot on F Stage complete. A daunting number to go. I don't want to think about it, but it's probably 7 or 8 set-ups. Splinter Unit have made the move to K Stage and will start shooting after lunch.

I asked the various Thorins to pose just before they headed off to lunch. One of these is Richard Armitage, and two of them are not. It's your guess ... The one in the middle is a little psycho.

I am looking forward to making movies with everyone the same height in the future.

The pressure now goes on. We're going to have to move like the clappers!

Setting up our first shot.

9.15. Should be shooting soon. Two cameras, both with 16 mm lenses. Two huge wide shots of a fight happening on an enormous set that filling most of K Stage. This is going to be hard, posting pics without spoilers. I'll do my best! We have video diary cameras here, so you will eventually see what we're doing today in detail - but not until the Film 3 extended cut, which I guess will be towards the end of 2015!

We have a splinter unit also filming today, directed by Christian Rivers.

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. But because of the sheer complexity of the choreography, we worked late, and still didn't finish.

The real problem is that we were supposed to be shooting in F Stage today, and splinter was to spend the day in K Stage. But we need a couple of hours in K to wrap up, and then we're going to quickly shift to F, and carry on with our day. It's forced the splinter unit to stay in A Stage shooting green screen this morning, until we clear off K and let them in.

Too much detail! But this is the type of thing we're always dealing with. I do have to get a Facebook filter quickly written, so Warner Bros doesn't read that we didn't get yesterday finished!

Hey, just spent so long writing this, we've just started shooting!!! Runs are on the board!

The photo: yes, we did actually just film this. Please don't ask me to explain! Let's get that WB filter activated! Thank you Hannah and Dusty!

Head over to the Facebook page for much, much more.

What you think? How do you feel now it's all over? Gush out your emotions below.


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