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**FotR eedvd Appendices : Visualizing the Story : Bag End Set Test pt 3

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We're in day 3 of my 3-day study of the six minute and thirty-three second Bag End Set Test Featurette. You can still count on pics from the Featurette with the unfinished sets and a shot or two of the developed scenes with the finished set. This time we'll visit Bag End with Frodo and Gandalf... for a moment of Jackson-zen.

We've already conquered PART 1 The Plan as it followed those first moments of the Test and PART 2 A flaw in The Plan that tested the camera angles and the dimensions of the set. Now for:
PART 3 Stick to The Plan... Somebody! that follows the camera angles and the set dimensions as we see that Somebody certainly is testing the set as Planned ;)



Finishing the Featurette: The Bag End Set Test - PART 3 Stick to The Plan... Somebody!

Cast and Crew:
Gandalf head played by Charlie McClellan (Vfx Producer R&D (WETA Digital/digital visual effects designer & creator))
Frodo Baggins played by Rick Porras (Co-Producer/Associate Director)
Sam Gamgee played by Randy (Randall William) Cook (Effects & Animation Designer/Supervisor (WETA Digital/digital visual effects designer & creator))
The Ring played by Rick Porras' new wedding band (origin unknown)
Camera operator Brian Van't Hul (Vfx Cinematographer (WETA Digital/digital visual effects designer & creator)
Directed by Peter Jackson (Director/Writer/Executive Producer)


Once again Rick Porras signals the start of the Bag End set test. The scene used in this Test is Frodo offering Gandalf the Ring; and Sam being caught eaves dropping.
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This time we have a really good look at the kitchen... and a new prop! There's a table set up in front of the big window. With the camera angle starting in the front room next to the table, we have a hobbit-level look at RP Frodo and Gandalf head leaving the well-lit kitchen and crossing the room to the table. RP Frodo's destination shows a closeup of the Ring at an angle that is slightly raised and nearly matched to when the Ring was dropped on the floor as PJ Bilbo left Bag End.

The camera angle is now well-established... low, looking up to Gandalf head, and is up, looking down to RP Frodo to maintain the proper big/small perspective of these two characters. I'm not counting strides on this journey because, imho, no one can top a Peter-stride!

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Ahhhh... but now we come to it! Gandalf head and RP Frodo hear something outside the window! Gandalf head grabs his trusty broom... I mean, staff... and cautiously makes his way to the window. Gandalf head appears to magically split into two bodies then re-unites into one as he knocks the culprit with his broom/staff and drags a befuddled, blustering RC Sam into the room and slams him onto the table. The layout of the window to table ratio seems satisfactory and matches the final scene.



One thing about this test that threw me for a moment was that the chronology of this scene shifted from what we know showing Frodo planning to hide the Ring, to asking Gandalf if anyone knows about it, to offering Gandalf the Ring and changing it to what was one of the original chronological steps of planning to hide the Ring, to offering it to Gandalf, to asking if anyone knows about it. Both versions are followed up with Sam getting busted at the window.

1. Did you notice the shift in the chronology of the scene?

Conclusion:

So there you have it. A successful Test of the Set that dispels any concerns, if you ask me. During these trial runs, we visited 3 scenes that were all used in The Fellowship of the Ring. Bilbo being affected by the Ring; Bilbo and Gandalf's discussion before Bilbo leaves; and Gandalf, Frodo and Sam as Frodo learns more about the Ring.

2. Do you think there were more of these scenes filmed as part of the Test?

3. Do you think Peter chose these scenes for any specific reason? Would you like to see more? *twitch*

I became so fascinated watching Bag End morph from wood and lights to the warm, rich home I know and would love to spend the rest of my life in, that I've snagged a few more pics for comparisons and that are just plain nice to look at... including one of the best pics I've seen of Gandalf in the hobbit-sized room that really shows off the scale.


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Another neat one

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I thought I would come away with some more eye-popping questions; but, alas... I'm just left with a grateful sigh for having this fantastic Featurette made available to us. Peter Jackson's excitement and enthusiasm really are infectious, as we've witnessed in this instance of one set being completed. Granted... it is "THE ONE" set, but I'm sure he got geeked many times over during production.

Please share your thoughts, impressions and wisdom of what this reality testing of Bag End may have accomplished as one step (or stride) in the filming process of The Lord of the Rings.

Thank you for your indulgence and participation. Lurkers are ALWAYS welcome and equally appreciated!

*HUGS* Y'all!

Fin

[[pictures courtesy of The Lord of the Rings Image Library and Screencap Paradise]]




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"There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West."
~Hug like a hobbit!~ "In my heaven..."

I really need these new films to take me back to, and not re-introduce me to, that magical world.



TORn's Observations Lists

Subject User Time
**FOTR EEDVD Appendices Discussion** Visualizing the Story : Bag End Set Test pt 1 grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg May 13 2009, 2:22pm
    Bag End Under-Hill Under-Construction ... Elven Send a private message to Elven May 13 2009, 5:17pm
    With my usual tendency to wander off-topic Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn May 13 2009, 8:21pm
    PJ's not afraid to be in front of the camera, is he? weaver Send a private message to weaver May 13 2009, 11:22pm
    Give me that ring! OhioHobbit Send a private message to OhioHobbit May 14 2009, 1:34am
    **FotR eedvd Appendices : Visualizing the Story : Bag End Set Test pt 2 grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg May 14 2009, 2:18pm
        They worked so hard to get this right ... Elven Send a private message to Elven May 14 2009, 7:07pm
        Fantastic first two posts Henoluin Elsilim Send a private message to Henoluin Elsilim May 14 2009, 8:19pm
        You counted the number of strides??? weaver Send a private message to weaver May 14 2009, 10:26pm
        Peter Strides and Exploding Gandalf Head OhioHobbit Send a private message to OhioHobbit May 15 2009, 11:31am
        **FotR eedvd Appendices : Visualizing the Story : Bag End Set Test pt 3 grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg May 15 2009, 4:20pm
            Hanging around Bag End. OhioHobbit Send a private message to OhioHobbit May 16 2009, 4:50pm
            Great Bag End Finale! .. Elven Send a private message to Elven May 16 2009, 11:18pm
            I love that shot of Gandalf that you included... weaver Send a private message to weaver May 18 2009, 6:20pm
                Thanks :) And thank you ALL for your insights and kindnesses!! // grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg May 19 2009, 2:19pm

 
 
 

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