Sep 25 2007, 7:14am
It's hard to remember now, when every respectable household contains the Special Extended DVD Edition of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings, but the celebrated trilogy was once considered a somewhat iffy proposition. That's part of the explanation for how Jackson, a rather obscure director from Kiwiland, was able to gain artistic control over what Newsweek once called "the most expensive and ambitious movie project in history." And by filming in New Zealand, where he had built his very own world-class production facility, Jackson was able to use the Pacific Ocean as a moat, protecting him from Hollywood interference. The result was that rare thing, a global film franchise that bears a personal stamp — an intimate epic. http://www.thedailypage.com/...cle.php?article=8550
I really enjoyed reading the interview - thankyou. I haven't read the Frodo Franchise, although I ordered it ... seems the bookshop is a little slow on coming up with the goods ...
It's something that has always interested me, the film arts down this way ... especially NZ and Australia.
Such an array of diversity between the two (though I do see them as being individual) ... and I think New Zealans has really gone ahead and taken advantage of their industry, and the timing has been spot-on. New Zealnd has so much to offer - especially with the dollar exchange. Austrlalia seems to be lagging, and might gain off the back of NZ .......
To me, New Zealand is MiddleEarth ... and everyone has a little piece of new Zealand in their home - the best bits .. its beauty, its talent, its creative ingenuity, its ability, strength, hospitality and friendliness, enthusiam ... and throw in a bit of genius and innovation - it's in the films ..
I cant imagine what may have shown up on the screen if the movie had been done somewhere else ... OK ... lots of polystyropham rocks and inddor sets could have been put anywhere ... but the scenes which got me was Rohan ... yep, theres possibly some place in India which could have done it - but to have all the necessary atributes in one small spot on the globe, and the people to bring it together ... it was New Zealands call, and it was perfect.
And such a long way away from LA!! Mwahaha!!
Thanks for the link to the article with Kristen Thompson - I enjoyed reading it.
The Road Goes Ever On and On ...
Happy 70th Birthday to The Hobbit!!
Tolkien was a Capricorn!
..*sing & sway* "All we are saying ..Is Give Pete A Chance" ...
"Your friends are with you Peter"
Let the Hobbit Happen!!!