LOTR: Théoden’s sword-swinging moments

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Cinematography is a special branch of filmmaking I hold very dear. The ability to convey a story visually, through the movement of a camera, the setting of a scene and the action of a character, is one of the most powerful tools of making a good film. Continue reading

In Praise of Michael Pellerin

Michael Pellerin

I am a big fan of behind the scenes documentaries for films.

My passion started way back in 1994 when, just a few months after the release of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, a ‘making of’ feature was shown on TV. I was mesmerised to see what went on behind the camera lens: the writing of the script, the set design and, of course, the creation of the dinosaurs themselves.

Since then, I devoured any behind the scenes features I came across, no matter what film it was. This occurred well before the advent of DVDs and such instances showed up few and far between. Continue reading

Peter Jackson’s Lost Masterpiece

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Crossing the Line

Exactly 9 years ago I beheld for the first time a 30-second clip.

After the initial screen display the text “extract from ‘Crossing the Line'”, several men came in view, dressed in period uniforms and huddled in a trench until receiving the order to prepare for attack.

The 30 seconds were gone and the screen faded to black. There soon appeared the words “written & directed by Peter Jackson”. Continue reading

Tolkien’s Trip to the Moon

A Trip to the Moon

Inspiration from Georges Méliès …

I recently re-read Tolkien’s short story Roverandom, in which a dog is transformed into a toy and is sent on a fantastical trip to the moon and under the depths of the sea.

In many ways, it struck me how reminiscent the descriptions of the environment were to A Trip to the Moon (1902) and The Mermaid (1904): two historic films pioneered by director Georges Méliès.

The 1902 work of art, synonymous with the bullet-shaped spaceship hitting the man in the moon, is certainly not an exact word-to-image description from Tolkien’s story. Yet, that sense of imagination from two world creators, not yet aware of the bareness of Earth’s natural satellite, had conjured up strikingly similar visuals for what they thought an explorer would encounter on the moon. Continue reading

A short letter to Sir Peter

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In honour of his birthday: 31 October, 1961

Well, I may have had some reservations here and there in the man’s latest work. But isn’t that the purpose of a great director? His work fuels the mind to act, to give an opinion, to imagine and to experience.

I am forever indebted to Peter Jackson for influencing my early teens and shaping the following years into the man I am now. Were I not introduced to the world of Middle-earth I would not have become a keen admirer of filmmaking, a fantasy enthusiast, an ardent reader and, above all, a lover of words. Continue reading

Are you … a Tolkienist or a Ringer?

Writing on the Ring

Terminologies:

Tolkienist = an individual who studies, and is a fan of the works of J.R.R Tolkien

Ringer = an ardent reader of The Lord of the Rings – but more specifically, a fan of the films

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