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large marquee housing all the costumes at the Ruapehu location earned the name
Orcland, thanks no doubt to all the Orc costumes it housed and the many
transformations from Human to Orc that happened within.
But I found that while the size of Orcland was quite impressive, it was just one
of many marquees, trucks, and trailers comprising a whole tent city in one of the
ski carparks. The costume marquee is the largest there, and is filled with racks
and racks of Elf, "Gondorian" and Orc costumes. (This is the marquee that collapsed
due to the weight of snow on the roof.)
Orcland at night (from down the road a tad):
To get a better view of the whole tent town, I moved to the next carpark up
from them. It was from here that I could begin to get an idea of the scope of
the shots that were being filmed here, and the incredible organization that was
required for all this.
At least six large buses and several smaller buses were lined up ready to take
extras back to the army base and the carrot-worshipping town of Ohakune (more on
that later) on the other side of the mountain, with smaller vehicles regularly
coming and going.
The end of the costume tent is visible at back left. But what's the trailer at
right with the back door wide open? Let's move in for a closer look...
Orc makeup removal! (Oh what a find. Just keep that camera steady.)
I remember that most of the Orcs were supposed to be women because they could
handle the heat of the costumes better. And probably because they're generally
shorter (eh, Tehanu :-), and indeed, the Orcs I saw in the filming definitely were
short, especially compared to the Elves they were manfully fighting. Most of the
people having their makeup removed appeared to be women, but what could I tell -
I was almost half a kilometre away.
Ahhh. Coffee and a newspaper. Just what an Orc needs at the end of a loooong hard
day beating up Elves. Love the hair of that makeup artist.
Really quite strange. The view from this carpark doesn't normally have the tops of
marquees in it. (I was actually about to film a suspicious-looking helicopter