Minas Tirith Pics|
Xoanon @ 5:23 pm EST
Ringer Spy Robbit the Hobbit sends in some great pics from the Evening Post. Enjoy!
Wanna see INSIDE Barlimans?!|
Xoanon @ 9:58 am EST
TheOneRing.net brings you an Exclusive first look at the inside of Barliman's Inn in BREE!!! Take a look!!
Here is a never before seen image from The Prancing Pony/Barlimans scenes filmed in New Zealand. Enjoy.
This is really a great pic, with the small body doubles, the lighting, aesthetics and the wood! I always pictured Barliman's/Prancing Pony to be such a woody type inn!!! I love it! Tell me what you guys think!
Xoanon @ 9:51 am EST
FANTASTIC FORTRESS: A glimpse of one of the largest and most detailed sets from The Lord Of The Rings, the fortress city of Minas Tirith, nearing completion in the Dry Creek Quarry at the bottom of Haywards Hill in Wellington. The stunning set includea details right down to paving stones, trees and statues.
More Minas Tirith Pics|
Xoanon @ 9:53 am EST
Ringer Spy Silmarien sends in some great pics from the ever popular Minas Tirith set. As well as a new set piece from Wellington? Anyone want to guess as to what it can be?
Minas Tirith Galore|
Xoanon @ 1:24 am EST
Ringer Spy WaiSpy sends in some more amazing shots from the Hayward Hills set, currently the location for Minas Tirith.
More on the SFX conference.|
Tehanu @ 7:20 am EST
It turns out that TORN had the SFX conference in Wellington pretty well covered. Two more people wrote in with slightly different details from the talk given by Adam Valdez, the WETA SFX guy.
This report thanks to Jim Wellington:
"Hello interested parties,
That's all for now.
P.S. It was obvious that he wasn't going to answer anything that was even remotely related to what they are developing out there, so I didn't bother asking any questions sorry."
Well, as it is, that's plenty enough. Thanks!
And Anonymous of Wellington remembers some variations:
"(1) Animation supervisor Adam Valdez isn't the kind of person that just wants to show everyone he can do cool effects - in fact, he said he'd prefer people to be so convinced that the character was real that they weren't even saying "this is the best cgi I have ever seen". This is reassuring after so many cgi characters and shots of them have been just thrown in for the hell of it in the past (read: Jarjar Binks in The Phantom Menace). I think it's safe to say from the way he was talking that Gollum will be 1000 times better and more believable than that stupid Jarjar Binks. Thank God.
(3) One person asked how they will manage the continuity in the films concerning the rapid eveolution of special effects. Valdez responded that they were lucky in that the films naturally lay out so that more special effects is needed in each successive movie. This means that there won't be heaps of cgi in film 1, which means they have more time to work on finer details for 2 and especially 3 (esp. concerning Gollum).
"Valdez also said that the Balrog was "a half apparition, half monster thing" and that the Ringwraiths (and Frodo when he has the Ring on) see things differently to us: "We see light and colour, and they (the Ringwraiths) see ... oh, well, I shouldn't go into that". Damn, he was so close!!!!
It certainly did. Thanks guys!
What it's like to animate Gollum....|
Tehanu @ 12:37 am EST
There's just been a conference in Wellington on movie SFX and of course one of the invited speakers was Adam Valdez, Animation Supervisor.
Helpful correspondent MN emailed us instantly it seems with this report:
He gave a talk based "around" Lord of the Rings. I mean "around" because he was unable to really give any details whatsoever on his work, and couldn't show us any clips or footage, which was a little disappointing.
He gave one or two interesting snippets:
- He said that working on the project was 'intimidating' because of the worldwide love for the book
Many thanks to MN for that.
Trailer Out December 8th?|
Xoanon @ 11:18 pm EST
I work part-time as a bookseller at Waldenbooks, a division of Borders International. Anyway, today I was intrigued to find a large white envelope lying upon my manager's desk with a bright orange sticker with white lettering on the front proclaiming'Lord of the Rings material inside.” The return address read as follows:
Minas Tirith in the Sun|
Xoanon @ 10:43 am EST
Ringer Spy WaiSpy sends along some great pics from the Minas Tirith set.
Oliphaunt is hard to miss in Rings trilogy |
Xoanon @ 12:19 am EST
At first glance it's obvious. Of course it's an elephant.
But on closer inspection it becomes apparent that this is a very big elephant, more like several woolly mammoths rolled into one than the comparatively tiny frame of say, Kashin, from Auckland Zoo. [More]
Another eyewitness at Vt. Vic.|
Tehanu @ 3:32 pm EST
Hi there TORN people,
I went to look at the Mount Victoria Set after seeing it in the Evening Post. I live out at Lyall Bay so I knew the set that used to be out that way.
The set at Mount Victoria does almost look identical to it, with the same type of tents that have beautiful detailing around the entrance-ways. The layout of the Mount Victoria set is almost identical to the set that used to be at Lyall Bay.
But I do not think they are reshooting scenes that someone wrote in about though I did see the same sort of soldiers at the new set: Rohan soldiers, mounted on horses, and foot soldiers.
The following might be a clue to where this set is meant to be: I saw a woman dressed as a man, with a hobbit. I never saw a woman and a Hobbit at the Lyall Bay set. I have only read the book once some years ago so I don't know the story that well. But I do remember there being a Lady of Rohan, who dressed as a man, and went into battle with a hobbit. Sorry I don't remember their names. I will leave that up to you to work out!
An eye-witness at the new Mt. Vic set.|
Tehanu @ 2:34 am EST
It seems fitting that so close to the end of filming, the crews should return to the place where they first started shooting, Mt. Vic. An eyewitness sent in this report:
"The New Film Set
There is a new film set in Mount Victoria. One drives up a residential street and there it is situated in a clearing at the bottom of the town belt. I don't know how they are going to keep this one secret as it is in a public area and is also behind some residential houses. The public can view the set clearly from walking tracks above the set. The set has identical tents that were at the Lyall Bay set. I believe they are reshooting scenes that they did out at the Lyall Bay set, as this set is identical. It is below a very steep bank and is surrounded by pine trees. If they were to use Lyall Bay to reshoot these scenes, they would have to replant the area with trees as the Lyall Bay area, that they used in the past, is very barren. If people cast there minds back to Lyall Bay, they will remember that Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) was there preparing to leave for the paths of the Dead !
Xoanon @ 10:52 pm EST
WAITING GAME: Extras of the two and four-legged kind complete with armour and shields wait for their cue during filming of a scene from The Lord of The Rings on Wellington's Mt Victoria yesterday.
Thanks to MN for the tip!
More Minas Tirith|
Xoanon @ 10:33 pm EST
Here are 4 pic's taken last Saturday on my way down to Wellington. There also seems to be a new set at Wingate, which consists of a large circle marked out (in poured concrete?) on the ground, with what appears to be the facade of the entrance to a place or some other 'fine' building. I'll try to get some snaps of it tomorrow.
Also, there was an advert' in the Wellington Dominion newspaper for free registration to a Silicon Graphics computer graphics workshop in Wellinton (www.3december.com), where Peter Jackson is to speak; I'll try to get along to it if I can.