MailleTec is incredibly proud to have had a small part in the costuming for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Way back in 2011, WETA Workshop contacted MailleTec and TRL about creating custom scale mail for the Mirkwood Elves. With TRL’s scales and MailleTec’s skill the designs underwent numerous revisions before becoming the ‘Leafmaille’ you’ll be able to see on screen.
MailleTec’s Eric Matwe was flown down to WETA headquarters in Wellington, NZ to help with the final touches. He even got to spend a few days on set – inspiring much jealously in the rest of the MailleTec team.
We’ve been keeping this top secret for some time now, and it’s great to finally be publicly excited about it! So keep a sharp eye out in theatres when the Mirkwood Elves are onscreen!
We'll post more photos and info as it becomes available, but in the meantime you can see our work in this behind the scenes feature just after the 5:30 mark (look for the scales the elves are wearing centre torso).