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Welcome, welcome!

Old Toby

Feb 7 2013, 3:52pm

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Welcome, welcome! [In reply to] Can't Post

Welcome to the boards! Very nice post!

I've just started reading through Weta's book, the Chronicles. It's absolutely fabulous, for those interested in the design process, not just of the sets, but particularly of each of the dwarves. It's amazing what they (the Weta designers and PJ) went through - their thinking, their ideas, their various sketches - in order to create the look of each of the dwarves they wanted to achieve. It was interesting that they said PJ wanted the actors to be fairly free of prosthetics on the lower half of their faces, so they 1) wouldn't suffer the discomforts that John Rhys-Davies had to go through, and 2) so they could be more expressive facially. Also some actors's skins and facial structure didn't lend themselves to a lot of prosthetics, such as Aiden Turner. Both he and Richard Armitage both got more nose and more eyebrow added, but that was pretty much it for them, and they were happy that RA could grow his own beard out that looked like the one they had for him anyway. (And of course I thought the one who designed his hair was a genius!)

The development of their costumes was also fascinating to me. They went into designing things with such passionate enthusiasm and detail, all the weapons having to be in keeping with their owners. And Richard Armitage is the one who came up with the idea of the branch/shield for Thorin. He proposed the idea to PJ, who liked it, and had Weta design it.

Evidently PJ had some clear ideas about the personalities of each of the dwarves, and what they wore and how they looked had to be in keeping with those ideas in order to make them the individuals they are. Also, each of the dwarves was 'color-coded' in keeping with Tolkien's descriptions, but in muted tones for the film. The inside of each of their hoods reflects this.

What PJ absolutely didn't want, according to the Chronicles, was 13 Gimlis. Once they got the actors for the film, they worked digitally with their faces to see what would work best for them, then with the actors themselves. The Chronicles really makes you appreciate how much work and love went into brining these dwarves to life for us.

"Age is always advancing and I'm fairly sure it's up to no good." Harry Dresden (Jim Butcher)

Subject User Time
Dwarf personalities 1415dr Send a private message to 1415dr Feb 6 2013, 12:04pm
    I feel the same way. Eowyn3 Send a private message to Eowyn3 Feb 6 2013, 12:31pm
    Bifur or Bofur joec_34 Send a private message to joec_34 Feb 6 2013, 4:29pm
    Welcome to tORN, 1415dr! Owain Send a private message to Owain Feb 6 2013, 5:58pm
        I couldn't remember all their names until I saw the movie! Kimtc Send a private message to Kimtc Feb 7 2013, 7:44pm
    Hi & welcome! Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Feb 6 2013, 6:34pm
    Welcome! And I love the Dwarf designs. Lio Send a private message to Lio Feb 7 2013, 3:30am
    I can't wait for Mirkwood (mild book spoilers) Nunilo Send a private message to Nunilo Feb 7 2013, 4:56am
    I'll join the small chorus and say, "I agree! and welcome to TORn!"// Arandiel Send a private message to Arandiel Feb 7 2013, 6:00am
    Nice first post, 1415dr! Roheryn Send a private message to Roheryn Feb 7 2013, 7:35am
    Welcome, welcome! Old Toby Send a private message to Old Toby Feb 7 2013, 3:52pm
        I wonder what makes an individuals facial structure not lend itself to prosthetics.// Kirly Send a private message to Kirly Feb 7 2013, 7:08pm
            Maybe prosthetics were too distorting iduna Send a private message to iduna Feb 13 2013, 2:47pm
        I'm reading the Weta Chronicles, too! Angharad73 Send a private message to Angharad73 Feb 7 2013, 7:40pm
            good point Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Feb 7 2013, 9:29pm


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