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Are you short or tall enough for 'The Hobbit'?

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Nov 18 2010, 5:14am

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Are you short or tall enough for 'The Hobbit'?

Fans in the Auckland area will be delighted to find that the shortest and tallest among them are wanted for work on "The Hobbit," films according to the link sent in by spy Moahunter. Of course the candidates must be New Zealanders or have a work permit and fit all the requirements but if you are very tall or quite short, you should check out this job listing.

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Nov 18 2010, 2:34pm

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Casting Call?

Why would they post a casting call in the rough NZ equivalent of Kijiji or Craigslist? Looks like nonsense to me

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Nov 18 2010, 2:52pm

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Casting Call- It's not even April !st yet

I was right- like the other ads, this one was just withdrawn by the administrator.
All you have to do to run an ad on that board is register, and then you can make up any ad you want.

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Nov 18 2010, 3:07pm

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Nonsense casting call

Good luck finding building 202 at Unitec


Nov 18 2010, 4:18pm

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Elaborate please //


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Nov 18 2010, 5:54pm

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is one of the busiest websites in New Zealand, and as you can see it has a dedicated 'jobs' section.

I don't know if this item is legitimate or not but it's par for the course for jobs to be listed on TradeMe.

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Nov 18 2010, 5:58pm

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They're not looking for tall women

so I suppose that means Itaril doesn't go to Hobbiton. Wink


Nov 18 2010, 6:57pm

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OK I'm confused

Why would anybody post a fake want ad???? What do they get out of it????Tongue


Nov 18 2010, 6:58pm

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No Not A Hobbit

But maybe a a fatish Bombour type Dwarf. At 5/8 would be the biggest Dwarf ever


Nov 18 2010, 8:18pm

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Nov 18 2010, 8:29pm

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The other 3 calls for the Matamata filming in Feb. 2011

were also on trademe earlier this week.
And the Auckland "Short & Tall" ad. is still there.

(This post was edited by Ataahua on Nov 18 2010, 8:30pm)

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Nov 18 2010, 9:16pm

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I think the ad was just someone pulling a prank.

1)The Ad was posted by 'The Hobbit" rather than a studio or film company.
2) The Building listed in the ad, Building 202, doesn't exist according to the Unitec Map. Do studios hold casting calls at colleges?
3 )I question the ad running on Trade-me' rather than in a newspaper or through an employment center
If it wasn't so far away I'd call Unitec and ask them at the college

BTW I was wrong about the ad being withdrawn. I mistakenly clicked the link to one of the earlier ads

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Nov 18 2010, 10:09pm

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I'm tall as it is. I had my skyscraper-high platform heels all picked out and was lining up a hairdresser for a nice, big, Texas-style bouffant hairdo. The combo would have easily gotten me another foot of height, enough to make the casting call if I were a man. But nooooooo.....!

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Nov 18 2010, 10:33pm

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Nov 19 2010, 2:21am

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Why are you so sceptical?

The first call for "Short & Tall" was held at a Drama College here in Wellington.
I can't explain the mystery of Building 202, could be a typo.

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Nov 19 2010, 4:28am

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Building 202 does exist

Go to this website:
Enter "1" in the building number search box and a map will appear with building 1 indicated with a red arrow. Building 202 is next to building 1 (and also next to buildings 203, 204, 205 etc.).

As Ataahua mentioned TradeMe is a very legitimate place for job ads now. It is the local equivalent of Ebay (as opposed to Craigslist) and has separate job and realestate websites that are very popular.

With all that said I have no idea if the ad is legitimate or not, but it seems like a pretty bizarre prank to pull if it is not legit.

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Nov 19 2010, 12:26pm

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Okay the building does exist

 "At present, there is no information for building 202." doesn't mean that it doesn't exist. I was wrong about that
We'll find out tomorrow if the ad was legit.
BTW I came up with the nickname back in the days of the old Decipher LOTR Fan Club, and use it on a couple of forums.


Nov 19 2010, 2:37pm

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In my opinion I believe all 4 casting calls were legitimate. The initial 3 were listed for about 2 days. That was enough time for any interested parties to glean the details. Once the information was printed in the newspapers and featured internationally they probably saw no reason to retain them on trademe.
Trademe is like NZ's equivalent of Ebay, its NZ'ers most visited website, not just for auctions, but jobs, in addition to being an online community. They can acheive far more exposure on Trademe than if they had an advert printed in any singular city newspaper.
I believe they acheived the desired exposure and asked trademe to remove those three out of four listings. They probably only wanted to alert Matamata/Hamilton and Waikato locals.
In all likelihood they are probably still lacking in their short and tall files which is why the fourth listing for Auckland still remains.
Either way I will be proved right or wrong on the 23rd and 24th when the Matamata/Hamilton and Waikato auditions are scheduled to take place.

(This post was edited by RobNZ on Nov 19 2010, 2:40pm)

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Nov 19 2010, 2:46pm

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By the way...

... I see that you're in NZ. Are you going to attend one of these? Smile


Nov 19 2010, 3:02pm

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Definitely one of them, thats for sure. I am a media major at University here in Wellington, so it would be great practical experience in the industry I have been studying and working towards for two years. I have even put my University studies on hold throughout 2011 just on the off chance of being involved, so that I will be available at any time. I am 5ft 11 so not suitable for the four currently, but count me in for any Wellington ones!
Im not holding my breath, but you have got to give it a shot, havent you.

(This post was edited by RobNZ on Nov 19 2010, 3:04pm)

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Nov 19 2010, 3:05pm

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Wasn't there a requirement for men of that height as well? I'm pretty sure I saw that in the "Tall and Short" casting call. I'll have to check to make sure though (what with disappearing casting calls and all Crazy).

ETA: No. I was wrong. The "tall" height requirement is 6'11". Yikes!

(This post was edited by Earl on Nov 19 2010, 3:08pm)


Nov 19 2010, 3:22pm

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I think

I think it was (6ft 11 and taller) and (5ft 6 and smaller) for men from memory. I believe they are only for Auckland, Bay of Plenty and Waikato locals so far.
Ive got no pretentions that I will get anywhere. If anything I am happy to just to watch the films; but as its a good chance to get involved and gain experience in the industry I am working towards as well as a good opportunity for employment as an full time student without a paycheck (who has put studies on hold), It would be a great opportunity. Consciously I would be 100% focused on the task given to me, but subconsciously I would be testing my theoretical knowledge, wondering what techniques they would use etc... It would be a great personal learning experience, thats for sure. Its only a matter of time before I get involved in that industry at the end of my studies anyway.

(This post was edited by RobNZ on Nov 19 2010, 3:30pm)


Nov 19 2010, 3:40pm

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Really tall

6 foot 11 is really tall. They must be a rarity in NZ for starters, and secondly they would have to be available and not occupied with something else throughout 2011. This casting call in Auckland is really just an extension of their Wellington short and tall casting session.
I can imagine its far more common to have shorter people turn up to these calls than taller people.

(This post was edited by RobNZ on Nov 19 2010, 3:41pm)

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Nov 19 2010, 5:13pm

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From the Home Page: Scan of Official Hobbit Casting Call - Tauranga

Above is a scan of the official Hobbit extras casting call ad as it appeared in the Bay of Plenty Times. Thanks to the Tauranga Library!

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Nov 19 2010, 5:20pm

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Good luck, Rob

I hope you get to do something. It sounds like it would be a really valuable experience for you!

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Nov 19 2010, 9:38pm

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This is legit- but I still doubt the others from Trade-me

You'll notice that the newspaper ad doesn't contain the same requirementss as the Trade-me ads.
It asks only for extras under a certain height, uses different age limits, and doesn't ask for any NBA players (How many 6'11" men live in NZ - and I don't recall anyone over 6'11" being used in LOTR )

You have to PAY to run a newspaper ad, but isn't Trade-me a free service that any practical joker can use?


Nov 20 2010, 2:52am

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"You have to PAY to run a newspaper ad, but isn't Trade-me a free service that any practical joker can use?"

No, it isn't. And I'm pretty sure that trademe would be very, very careful about checking an ad. for The Hobbit.

Incidentally, if you have been reading the ads. carefully you might have noticed that the first 3 on trademe were obviously for Hobbit extras whereas the Auckland call seems to be for body-doubles.


Nov 20 2010, 7:08am

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Sadly, No...

I never thought that I'd wish I were two inches shorter. Tongue It's so annoying! What kills me is that I have a friend who's 5'1 and looks like a hobbit, but she's not interested.


Nov 20 2010, 10:31am

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I'm pretty sure that the 'short' requirement was 5'7" or shorter for men....

 but I could be wrong. Almost nobody is 6'11, so I'm thinking the tall-end requirement was probably closer to 5'11. I would assume that this would be their idea of a short Elvish and/or reasonably tall human male. Extras often get cast in more than one role for battlefield scenes. Tongue

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Nov 20 2010, 3:52pm

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Good to hear Rob...

... here's hoping you can get a foothold in the industry beginning with The Hobbit. I'm sure it'll be a great experience, whatever it is, and the memories of being part of the production will stay with you forever.

Don't forget to let us know how things go... all the best! Smile

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Nov 21 2010, 9:17am

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Expedition to find the truth!

I live in Auckland, I'm 5'6" (with a round, hobbit-y face to match), and I'm way too curious to find out if the Tauranga casting call from the BOP TImes is real!

Obviously I can't go for the Auckland casting call even though its 10 mins from my house because they're looking for uber tall and short people... even then I think the only possibly legit casting call could be the Tauranga one- its the only one we've heard of being in a newspaper when most of the others mysteriously disappeared from trademe with a comical "whoops!" message from the admin- surely not a carefully considered withdrawal from the production company of the Hobbit because they believed their ad had enough exposure to the right people, rather trademe realizing they had let fake casting calls slip through and that they had to withdraw them.

So what I want is other opinions: is it worth taking a road trip to Tauranga on Wednesday to potentially take part in a real casting call for this movie I'd love to be part of... OR is it just a hoax, am I wasting time and money on gas?


Nov 21 2010, 3:56pm

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Well about the only way to find out

is to go there on Wednesday. Or, is there a phone number in the ad or call the newspaper?

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Nov 21 2010, 9:42pm

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good point

There is no phone number on the newspaper ad (guess this makes sense- they'd be inundated with calls if they put a number on). But I could find a phone number for the newspaper and do some research that way.

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Nov 23 2010, 10:41am

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Here goes!

Well, I may not have called the newspaper for research into the truthfulness of this casting call ad but I am taking the road trip with a friend anyway! I will report back on all that happens.


Nov 24 2010, 5:37am

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The casting calls were genuine and have begun to take place, I never had any doubt


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Nov 24 2010, 10:10am

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Yes I see that now

Thanks Rob. I went to the Tauranga casting call today and lined up with many hopefuls. I had been delayed in Auckland so arrived 45 mins late to the start of the process. After waiting in line for half an hour the back section of the line was sent home (including myself) but still with a chance to apply that we were told would not disadvantage us from those they were able to see that day. Despite the long travel, I still enjoyed attending what turned out to be a real casting call (I'm much more cynical than you Rob).

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Nov 24 2010, 11:07am

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Good for you and Rob, goodpun

I think it's fabulous that you decided to go ahead with the road trip. Wild horses wouldn't have kept me away. Now you have an interesting experience under your belt, plus still a chance to be considered.

Best of luck to both of you! Smile

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Nov 25 2010, 7:56am

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Mystery!!!! Was it a hoax?

This message appeared on the trademe link a few days ago
"Oops, there was a slip up!
This listing was withdrawn by the administrator"

One poster on the trademe Community>Message Board>General Discussion claims she attended but who knows if thats genuine.I've Googled but found no other reference... of course there has been one big event dominating the media here for the last week.