March 9, 2000Comments
on LOTR Footage
This was the one everyone was waiting for. Hoping for
the six-minute promotional shown in New Zealand last week, New Line chose instead to
present a package especially made for ShoWest which combined quick clips from the movie
interspaced by lengthier behind the scenes interviews with cast and crew. A quick opening
shot of what appeared to be Gollum quickly dissolved to a set piece with Elijah Wood and
Sean Astin--in hobbit gear, of course--talking about the production of this grand trilogy.
Director Peter Jackson also appeared, showing how some of the technical accomplishments
are being handled and explaining how it is only now, with the technology available today,
that a tale like Lord of the Rings could be brought to the screen.
Actual film footage included shots of Liv Tyler on horseback,
huge sword battles, and masses of mounted men ranging over hills in the grand epic fashion
of the novel. Scenes showing the computer-shrunk hobbits intermingling with normal-sized
humans are said to be amazing, and a quick closing shot of Ian McKellan as Gandalf proved
him a perfect choice for the part of the old wizard. For a second time the hard-boiled
audience of exhibitors was brought to applause.