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Are you short or tall enough for 'The Hobbit'?
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Nov 18 2010, 5:14am

Post #1 of 38 (2671 views)
Are you short or tall enough for 'The Hobbit'? Can't Post

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

Post #2 of 38 (2065 views)
Casting Call? [In reply to] Can't Post

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

Post #3 of 38 (2081 views)
Casting Call- It's not even April !st yet [In reply to] Can't Post

I was right- like the other ads, this one was just withdrawn by the administrator.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

Post #4 of 38 (2076 views)
Nonsense casting call [In reply to] Can't Post

Good luck finding building 202 at Unitec


Nov 18 2010, 4:18pm

Post #5 of 38 (2032 views)
Elaborate please // [In reply to] Can't Post


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Nov 18 2010, 5:54pm

Post #6 of 38 (2020 views)
TradeMe [In reply to] Can't Post

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

Post #7 of 38 (2016 views)
They're not looking for tall women [In reply to] Can't Post

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


Nov 18 2010, 6:57pm

Post #8 of 38 (2010 views)
OK I'm confused [In reply to] Can't Post

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


Nov 18 2010, 6:58pm

Post #9 of 38 (2001 views)
No Not A Hobbit [In reply to] Can't Post

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


Nov 18 2010, 8:18pm

Post #10 of 38 (1978 views)
Time to bust out my 6" platform shoes.// [In reply to] Can't Post


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Nov 18 2010, 8:29pm

Post #11 of 38 (1992 views)
The other 3 calls for the Matamata filming in Feb. 2011 [In reply to] Can't Post

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

Post #12 of 38 (1992 views)
I think the ad was just someone pulling a prank. [In reply to] Can't Post

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

Post #13 of 38 (1944 views)
Rats! [In reply to] Can't Post

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

Post #15 of 38 (1944 views)
Why are you so sceptical? [In reply to] Can't Post

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

Post #16 of 38 (1942 views)
Building 202 does exist [In reply to] Can't Post

Go to this website: http://www.unitec.ac.nz/...9A-B4EF-13763BDE7066
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

Post #17 of 38 (1923 views)
Okay the building does exist [In reply to] Can't Post

 "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.
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Nov 19 2010, 2:37pm

Post #18 of 38 (1903 views)
Legit [In reply to] Can't Post

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

Post #19 of 38 (1860 views)
By the way... [In reply to] Can't Post

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


Nov 19 2010, 3:02pm

Post #20 of 38 (1869 views)
Sure [In reply to] Can't Post

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

Post #21 of 38 (1900 views)
5'11'' [In reply to] Can't Post

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

Post #22 of 38 (1884 views)
I think [In reply to] Can't Post

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

Post #23 of 38 (1876 views)
Really tall [In reply to] Can't Post

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

Post #24 of 38 (2193 views)
From the Home Page: Scan of Official Hobbit Casting Call - Tauranga [In reply to] Can't Post

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

Post #25 of 38 (1827 views)
Good luck, Rob [In reply to] Can't Post

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

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