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Anything You Can Imagine - Peter Jackson and the Making of Middle-earth Book

Silmaril
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Feb 12, 9:12am

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Anything You Can Imagine - Peter Jackson and the Making of Middle-earth Book
May 2018

The definitive history of Peter Jackson's Middle-earth saga, Anything You Can Imagine takes us on a cinematic journey across all six films, featuring brand-new interviews with Peter, his cast & crew. From the early days of daring to dream it could be done, through the highs and lows of making the films, to fan adoration and, finally, Oscar glory. LightsA nine-year-old boy in New Zealand's Pukerua Bay stays up late and is spellbound by a sixty-year-old vision of a giant ape on an island full of dinosaurs. This is true magic. And the boy knows that he wants to be a magician. CameraFast-forward twenty years and the boy has begun to cast a spell over the film-going audience, conjuring gore-splattered romps with bravura skill that will lead to Academy recognition with an Oscar nomination for Heavenly Creatures. The boy from Pukerua Bay with monsters reflected in his eyes has arrived, and Hollywood comes calling. What would he like to do next? `How about a fantasy film, something like The Lord of the Rings...?' ActionThe greatest work of fantasy in modern literature, and the biggest, with rights ownership so complex it will baffle a wizard. Vast. Complex. Unfilmable. One does not simply walk into Mordor - unless you are Peter Jackson. Anything You Can Imagine tells the full, dramatic story of how Jackson and his trusty fellowship of Kiwi filmmakers dared take on a quest every bit as daunting as Frodo's, and transformed JRR Tolkien's epic tale of adventure into cinematic magic, and then did it again with The Hobbit. Enriched with brand-new interviews with Jackson, his fellow filmmakers and many of the films' stars, Ian Nathan's mesmerising narrative whisks us to Middle-earth, to gaze over the shoulder of the director as he creates the impossible, the unforgettable, and proves that film-making really is `anything you can imagine'.


Otaku-sempai
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Feb 12, 4:07pm

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I hope it covers the Guillermo del Toro period. [In reply to] Can't Post

My understanding is that Dan Falconer's Middle-Earth from Script to Screen pretty much skips over the period when del Toro was signed to direct the Hobbit films. I've always wanted to know more about that time, and Peter Jackson was still heavily involved both as a producer and screenwriter. I'm especially interested in a look at the development art under GtD including the large maquette of his version of Smaug that was said to have been made.

"I may be on the side of the angels, but do not think for one second that I am one of them." - Sherlock


Silmaril
Rohan


Feb 13, 8:06am

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I don't think that there will be much about GDT in this book. [In reply to] Can't Post

But some time ago PJ said that he can imagine a book or DVD about GDT's designs. But I'm not sure if GDT wants that. He never talks about The Hobbit and never watched it as far as I know.

I watched an interview yesterday where PJ said some things about that period. He let GDT make his own vision and he only looked at his designs when he took over.

33:40min
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WssJ_ZEsDyo


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grammaboodawg
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Feb 13, 1:32pm

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I can't wait to read this one! :D // [In reply to] Can't Post

 



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Otaku-sempai
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Feb 13, 3:01pm

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Guillermo del Toro on record. [In reply to] Can't Post


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But some time ago PJ said that he can imagine a book or DVD about GDT's designs. But I'm not sure if GDT wants that. He never talks about The Hobbit and never watched it as far as I know.


I don't know about del Toro watching the Hobbit films, but he has gone on record about his time on the project. I've linked before to this 2011 article from The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/.../07/show-the-monster.


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I paused at what looked like an image of a double-bitted medieval hatchet. “That’s Smaug,” del Toro said. It was an overhead view: “See, he’s like a flying axe.” Del Toro thinks that monsters should appear transformed when viewed from a fresh angle, lest the audience lose a sense of awe. Defining silhouettes is the first step in good monster design, he said. “Then you start playing with movement. The next element of design is color. And then finally—finally—comes detail. A lot of people go the other way, and just pile up a lot of detail.”

I turned to a lateral image of the dragon. Smaug’s body, as del Toro had imagined it, was unusually long and thin. The bones of its wings were articulated on the dorsal side, giving the creature a slithery softness across its belly. “It’s a little bit more like a snake,” he said. I thought of his big Russian painting. Del Toro had written that the beast would alight “like a water bird.”


But I'm not sure how any potential reticence on GtD's part relates to covering that period in a book about the films. Surely there is already enough material extant to cover a chapter or two.

"I may be on the side of the angels, but do not think for one second that I am one of them." - Sherlock

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Silmaril
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Feb 13, 3:50pm

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GDT "I never saw them..." [In reply to] Can't Post

7:55min
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ln5xLDsNcGI


Otaku-sempai
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Feb 13, 4:28pm

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Terrific. [In reply to] Can't Post

That still does not preclude a look at his involvement in the films. Angelic

And del Toro does state in the interview you link to that he hopes that the work that he and his team put into the development of the films comes to light.

"I may be on the side of the angels, but do not think for one second that I am one of them." - Sherlock

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Silmaril
Rohan


Feb 14, 1:07pm

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I found that video... [In reply to] Can't Post

after my post before...

I don't think that I would have liked GDTs version but it would be interesting to watch nonetheless.


Silmaril
Rohan


May 2, 1:03pm

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Mine is on the way... [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm looking forward to read all the interviews and stuff.
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