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Of course PJ directed the films

Shelob'sAppetite
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Oct 3 2012, 1:37am


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However, he cannot control everything. He has limited time and resources. If a 2nd, or 10th unit director filmed a bunch of stuff that he has to use, for story-telling reasons, and it just happened to not be wholly consistent with the style he was aiming for, he would need to compromise on that consistency a bit. That's real life.

There are numerous examples of big budget films suffering this problem of too many cooks (ADs) in the kitchen. No matter how strong your vision is as a director, or how strong your control over the film-making process is, there are bound to be bumps that cannot be ironed out. There are bound to be one or two or three ADs that, being human, want to put a little bit of their own stamp on things, and hope that PJ will like it enough to overlook the inconsistency.

That's why I find the following statement a little unrealistic:


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The notion they would bring their own style to filming a scene is ridiculous.


The notion that an AD, a professional artist with ambitions and desires for creative fulfillment, would never, ever bring any of their own style into a scene, is, IMO, ridiculous.

On a large project like this, the Director is in absolute control only in theory. For the most part, he is more of a juggler, keeping everything in the air, generally keeping the juggling act as planned (his style), yet occasionally dropping a ball here or there, or getting inspiration from somewhere, and changing things up a bit.

That said, I have no good reason to believe that Serkis isn't a very competent professional. For all I know, the scenes he shot will look great. In fact, I know he shot that brief bit in the trailer, with the dwarves in the foreground, and the snowy mountains in the background. And, IMO, its one of the best shots in the trailer. Likely story-boarded by PJ already? Sure. But execution can make a big difference.

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Serkis (briefly) talks about directing 'The Hobbit' DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Oct 2 2012, 10:09am
    Link's not working Mauricio Send a private message to Mauricio Oct 2 2012, 2:22pm
        Try this DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Oct 2 2012, 2:30pm
            The one Great piece of news he said here.. Bombadil Send a private message to Bombadil Oct 2 2012, 4:37pm
    Scary Shelob'sAppetite Send a private message to Shelob'sAppetite Oct 2 2012, 4:38pm
        He had quite a few people directing in LOTR Tim Send a private message to Tim Oct 2 2012, 5:34pm
        For me, not so much... Owain Send a private message to Owain Oct 2 2012, 5:53pm
            Andy and PJ Black Breathalizer Send a private message to Black Breathalizer Oct 3 2012, 1:06am
                there's also editing There&ThereAgain Send a private message to There&ThereAgain Oct 3 2012, 1:10am
                    If first you don't succeed, try, try again... Black Breathalizer Send a private message to Black Breathalizer Oct 3 2012, 1:19am
                        Of course it all had PJ's blessing and approval Shelob'sAppetite Send a private message to Shelob'sAppetite Oct 3 2012, 1:46am
                            two towers really! There&ThereAgain Send a private message to There&ThereAgain Oct 3 2012, 1:50am
                                I also find Shelob'sAppetite Send a private message to Shelob'sAppetite Oct 3 2012, 2:01am
                Of course PJ directed the films Shelob'sAppetite Send a private message to Shelob'sAppetite Oct 3 2012, 1:37am
                    I definitely agree with you There&ThereAgain Send a private message to There&ThereAgain Oct 3 2012, 1:45am
                        Exactly Shelob'sAppetite Send a private message to Shelob'sAppetite Oct 3 2012, 1:52am
                            I like to think of the LOTR films as the blockbuster version There&ThereAgain Send a private message to There&ThereAgain Oct 3 2012, 1:57am
                        role of the director Black Breathalizer Send a private message to Black Breathalizer Oct 3 2012, 2:13am
                            I agree with you and SA There&ThereAgain Send a private message to There&ThereAgain Oct 3 2012, 4:15am
        LOTR There&ThereAgain Send a private message to There&ThereAgain Oct 3 2012, 12:44am
            And it shows Shelob'sAppetite Send a private message to Shelob'sAppetite Oct 3 2012, 12:46am
                you have a very keen eye SA There&ThereAgain Send a private message to There&ThereAgain Oct 3 2012, 12:57am
                    The LotR films were remarkably consistent when you consider how often other series - Harry Potter, etc - changed hands with new directors and their visions marcuspaine Send a private message to marcuspaine Oct 3 2012, 1:26am

 
 
 

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