The LOTR Movie Site
March 17, 2000
Insider Info ... Well, Sort OfChrystall
The Lord of the Rings movies are very much a Peter Jackson interpretation of Tolkiens
works. The Intention is not to make an exact screen representation of LOTR, but are made
knowing they can never compete with the books, but with some modifications the books
should yeild a great movie. Of course the movies also have to conform to the money
providers criteria, which includes a major part for an american sweetheart (Liv Tyler) and
a PG rating to ensure they are financialy rewarding.
The 'atmosphere' of the movie wont be aiming at a total
realism (like Braveheart) but will be leaning towards films like The Labrynthe or more
recently Sleepy Hollow or Merlin (although to a far lesser extent (than all of them that
is)) this may seem less 'serious' but any attempt to make a fantasy story into a movie
like braveheart turns out corny. In my opinion this will give greater effect to the movie,
for after all who forgot The Labrynthe? However the movies will neither be predominantly
the make-up and model look or the clean computer graphics look (I hope you know what I
mean) and wont take the easy way out, like some films, of just doing everything with
make-up or everything with computers but will combine the best of both worlds.
The models and props are well detailed all based on sketches
done by Alan Lee who provides the prop builders with a range from which they select, Some
are quite extravagant, for example if a particular tree is important it will be built down
to the very leaves Alot of the models have that rustic and distressed look which may not
be totally realistic but I think suits the atmosphere, unlike some films were old things
look old even in the olden days (whats with that?). I don't know what happened to John
Howe, he seems to have disappeared, although some of his concepts for the exotic creatures
are still being used, perhaps then, he is working with the computer graphics department.
Based on previous work of the computer graphics people I'd
say they will be good, in both the areas of shrinking real people/blue screening etc and
3d graphics like gollum (who is completely computer generated (Imagine trying to create a
gaunt gollum by adding make-up)).
The acting, accents, costumes, and make-up seem to be really
good from what I can tell, despite minor drawbacks such as Liv Tyler refusing to ride a
horse (a fake horse had to be constructed for close ups).The battle scenes will be as
realistic as PG allows. Anyone who has seen Braindead knows Peter Jackson isn't scared of
a little gore (I'm not suggesting it will be like that). The orcs look as you would expect
with Howe and Lee as art directors.
The sets seem to be well done, although the hobbit houses
look a bit cute, but it will probably look a bit different in the movie. The New Zealand
scenery (as seen in Xena (although used to better effect ofcourse)) will give it an exotic
feel if not one that Tolkien had imagined.
All in all all the elemnts seem to be coming together well
(Ihave no idea what the music will be like) to make a good movie even if it is not as
grand as the book (A movie can't necesarily give the same feel as a book).