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Do we know anything about the artists hired for this project?

Eruonen
Valinor


Nov 20 2019, 3:25pm

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Do we know anything about the artists hired for this project? Can't Post

 


Otaku-sempai
Immortal


Nov 20 2019, 4:05pm

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Yes! [In reply to] Can't Post

An announcement for the show's crew was made back at the end of July. For art and visual effects, we have:

Series Production Design by
Rick Heinrichs

Series Art Direction by
John Dexter ... supervising art director

Series Costume Design by
Kate Hawley

Series Art Department
John Howe ... illustration and concept art
Igor Knezevic ... concept artist
Kurt van der Basch ... storyboard artist

Series Visual Effects by
Jason Smith ... visual effects supervisor

#FidelityToTolkien

(This post was edited by Otaku-sempai on Nov 20 2019, 4:10pm)


Eruonen
Valinor


Nov 20 2019, 4:19pm

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Ah, I see John Howe again....continuity. [In reply to] Can't Post

I wonder if Alan Lee was asked or if he declined.


Solicitr
Rohan

Nov 20 2019, 7:48pm

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I'm afraid [In reply to] Can't Post

that doesn't please me overmuch. Notwithstanding Howe being rather a student of RW medieval arms and armor, what we saw in the movie trilogies was largely absurd. Not quite Frazetta ridiculous, but in that tradition.

I don't mean by that that the production needs to reproduce European museum artifacts. It is a fictional world, after all. But they do need to respect the underlying logic for why the technology was what it was; warfare is the most Darwinian of environments and what comes into general use does so because it works. Game of Thrones was somewhat better in this regard, but only somewhat.

Now, if they could only try something really, really radical like depicting that armor worked really, really well, and you can't actually slash through a steel cuirass like papier-mache........

(and FFS don't repeat the cast-iron swords howler PJ included by Rule of Kewl)


Archestratie
Rivendell

Nov 21 2019, 3:02pm

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Yeah [In reply to] Can't Post


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An announcement for the show's crew was made back at the end of July. For art and visual effects, we have:

Series Production Design by
Rick Heinrichs

Series Art Direction by
John Dexter ... supervising art director

Series Costume Design by
Kate Hawley

Series Art Department
John Howe ... illustration and concept art
Igor Knezevic ... concept artist
Kurt van der Basch ... storyboard artist

Series Visual Effects by
Jason Smith ... visual effects supervisor


When I saw these names, I was really excited. These are some terrific people to have working on the series. I was particularly glad to see John Howe so we'd have some continuity with the films. Sad to see Alan Lee on listed, but maybe he'll come on board for future seasons.


kzer_za
Lorien

Nov 25 2019, 12:52pm

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Alan Lee is in his 70s [In reply to] Can't Post

And is the quiet reclusive type who probably doesn't want to get involved with another huge production at that age. If he were to contribute it would probably be only on a limited remote basis.


Eruonen
Valinor


Nov 27 2019, 5:03am

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Yes, that makes sense. [In reply to] Can't Post

I wish Ted Nasmith had been able to contribute too.

 
 

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