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****FOTR EE APPENDICES DISCUSSION: Filming: Production Photos****(part 3)


Dec 3 2009, 12:18pm

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Back again. My subject today is FILMING. I kind of look on these like someone’s home movies or personal photo album. Captured memories of moments past.

This foggy scene really does look like a dim memory. I wish that we could have seen more of the Prolog. I wish that we could have seen more of the filming of the Prolog.

Another Kodak moment. Just another day at work out of very, very many. This is getting to be a very long time ago.

I have become very aware of crane shots anymore. Anytime I see one, I try to imagine what it must look like from off to the side, watching the shot being filmed, like in this picture.

I think that this is a really cool picture. Any chance to see Frodo’s bedroom is good, especially that bed. But, this shot of Frodo, face to face with that camera, is great. Just how hard is it to act when you are supposed to be talking to someone, but instead you are staring into a camera lens?

I always love to see shots of someone using a steady-cam, ever since I learned what one is. It makes me feel so knowledgeable to say, “Ah, a steady-cam.” I wonder if the guy in back is guiding the cameraman backwards.

Isn’t this picture absolutely gorgeous, even with a guy sitting on a camera crane in it? I tried to think of more to say about this one, but it pretty much leaves me speechless, and that’s a rare thing!

I hope that you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane. Three down, one more to go. Any thoughts?

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Dec 3 2009, 2:52pm

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I think had I not watched the appendices and discussed them here, seeing these shots with the cameras in them would take away a bit of the magic of the film -- like peeking behind the curtain too much, you know?

But once you hear the stories and come to appreciate the challenges, the personalities, the above and beyond effort, the cameras and crew start to feel like part of the story, rather than a disruption of it...or at least, the story told from a particular point of view.

I don't know how actors act to cameras and not people -- but I guess that's what makes them actors and not me.

That shot of Viggo and Liv is beautiful, I agree. There was a longtime poster around here that I conversed with often (Merryk); she really struggled with a lot of the film changes, the bridge shot, however, was one she really loved.



Dec 3 2009, 7:31pm

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the cameras and crew start to feel like part of the story

For me, the movies and the making of the movies have kind of blended into one thing. It’s kind of hard to explain, really, but I think that you know what I mean.

Acting with your nose against a camera lens – I guess that is why they get paid the biggy bucks.

Interesting about Merryk. I think that the scene on the bridge is one of my very favorite “movie paintings”. I had that as my PC wallpaper for a very long time. I was a bit surprised to find that it looks so good from behind the scenes as well.

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Dec 3 2009, 9:04pm

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In the image of Elijah and Gandalf, I love seeing Ian's wig all pulled back. I really enjoy shots like these, where the actors off camera have their cloaks off, their wigs tied back, or their hems pinned up. And that last shot of Aragorn and Arwen... wow. That's just a great shot. It looks just like it did in the movie... except for that guy with the camera Cool

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Dec 4 2009, 12:54am

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One of my favourite behind the scenes is of Andrew the DOP in his polo armour for the final battle!!

Frodo; "What I chiefly need now is courage . . ."


Dec 4 2009, 2:20am

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Isn't it amazing what they do to get the shot!? That one with the cameraman on the crane to get the closeup shot of Aragorn and Arwen on the bridge is really something! Same with Elijah totally unaffected by that big glass eye up in his face! When I think of the closeup shots in so much of these films, I admit that I really didn't consider what they went through to get it. Frodo on the shore of Parth Galen holding the Ring, here in Rivendell with the camera so close as he wakes up that you can almost count the hairs on the end of his nose, and then there's Aragorn and Arwen's eyes on that bridge. For these players to act with those machines right in their faces and at least a few people standing around really says a lot for their talent and concentration.

Then the steady-cam. What a setup! Yeah, they would need someone to guide the filmer when he's going in reverse or even side-to-side. It's like walking with your eyes closed; but in this case, it's one eye open and stuck in an eye-guard for the camera!

One of my pet-peeves now is when the camera is being jerked around to create "realism". It's almost ruined Bourne Identity III with the constant jiggling... especially when the shots should be stagnant. It actually makes me motion-sick trying to watch it.

Now... on to the flying fox? I think that's what they called it :)

Well Done!!! Thanks ooodles!


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Dec 4 2009, 1:41pm

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Dec 4 2009, 1:45pm

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Dec 4 2009, 2:06pm

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When I think of the closeup shots in so much of these films, I admit that I really didn't consider what they went through to get it.

Sometimes, when Alcarcalime and I are watching some big emotional scene with a close-up, I will turn and say, “You know that person is staring into a camera lens.” I’m bad. Evil
Not LOTR, though. Some things are sacred!

One of my pet-peeves now is when the camera is being jerked around to create "realism".

Is that what they are trying to create? It seems to be the “in thing” in filming these days and I absolutely detest it. Some might say that it is my advanced age. I think not.

Flying fox! Gee, I love terminology! Smile

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