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News for Jan. 17, 2006

Calling all tourists to ‘Middle Earth’...

1/17/06, 6:32 pm EST - Xoanon

Durham University doctoral student Danielle Smith is undertaking an ESRC- funded project into the experiences of tourists to mythical and fantastic locations, through two case studies- the landscapes of New Zealand/ Middle Earth, and Arthurian sites in the South West of Britain. Through working with tourists at these sites, she hopes to illuminate how locations from fiction or legend are important to us, and the ways in which we experience these landscapes. What does it feel like to 're-live the magic' of your favourite scenes, or to 'walk in the footsteps' of mythical heroes? Danielle has a research website, at www.durham.ac.uk/d.e.smith, with further information on the project. She is also currently looking for individuals who have been influenced to visit New Zealand by the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, whether on a specific themed tour, or independently, visiting some of the locations as part of a broader itinerary. Please contact her by e-mail at d.e.smith@durham.ac.uk

I think I'm interested!!!

And why doesn't LJ have an "intrigued" or "interested" mood gorrammit?
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Finally got around to watch my video tapes from New Zealand. On Whakapapa and Mt. Sunday and at some other locations, sometimes you can't hear anything except the wind blaring full blast into the camera microphone, LOL. And of course on the last tape you can basically turn off the audio because it's full of loooooong shots taken from our Queenstow helicopter ride, and all you can hear is the motor. But oh, such gorgeous landscapes! What fun we had, and what silliness we got up to!

Now I still need to try and get the video onto the computer - the program that came with the camera unfortunately only allows clips of a few minutes' length. And the TV adapter on my computer has a program that allows video capturing of any length (well, as long as there's space on the disc), but the TV adapter itself doesn't seem to be working anymore! Will have to see what other possibilities I have.

I'm still waiting to see anyone else's photos... *looks pointedly at [livejournal.com profile] nickeyb* ;)
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Spent most of today in bed - every time I thought to get up I dozed off again. I did get up around noon to eat a bite and download my e-mail. Will have some tea now and try to come up with the energy to make dinner. Maybe I'll stick to yoghurt and stuff like that.

Just checked the Swiss cinema release date listing and omg Everything is Illuminated is listed for 14 February - same day as Brokeback Mountain! Guess I'll have to find a cinema in Zurich that plays them on the same day and preferrably in the afternoon! And imagine how surprised I was to see that On a Clear Day is listed for release on 22 December?! I doubt I'll get to see it though, as I probably won't get to Zurich before the new year. Rats.

Speaking of films, I saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on the flight to LA, which was good - I like the dark humour. On the way to Auckland the plane didn't have individiual screens and I decided to forego Dukes of Hazzard... *shudder* On the flight from Auckland to LA [livejournal.com profile] foxykc and I watched The World's Fastest Indian, and then The Island, which was better than expected - but then as KC said, how can you go wrong with a film that has both Ewan McGregor and Sean Bean in it? ;) On the flight from LA to Zurich, I watched a documentary about George Michael - seems to be a very recent one as it chronicles events up to 2004, and it was quite interesting.

ETA: Good grief, how could I forget to mention: In NZ we also saw Narnia which was good but certainly nowhere near the same league as LOTR, and King Kong. Which IMNSHO is a 3-hour "OH.MY.GOD." moment! Seriously, GO SEE IT! PJ certainly has outdone himself. It's amazing, and what a ride! There are a few scenes where some people may have to shut their eyes but omg the film is very much worth sitting through them! GO SEE IT!!! The 8th wonder of the world indeed...

Well, I better go make my tea...
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And completely knackered and in denial. Hot bath, food and sleep are the only items on the priority list for tonight, after this. I'll try to catch up with my flist tomorrow - feel free to point me to anything particularly important/interesting I missed!
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It's almost heeeeeeeeeeeere!!! Tomorrow early morning my journey to Middle Earth will finally begin - somehow I still can't believe the day has finally come! The countdown has been fun, and I thank you for all your lovely comments! This will probably be the last post here until I get back, and I hope we can post a "we've arrived" message in [livejournal.com profile] questtothewest on Sunday (NZ time - 11 hours ahead of Central Europe, 20 hours ahead of Pacific time).

I'll end this countdown with one of my (many) favourite pictures from Fellowship of the Ring - the four hobbits on Weathertop. Have a great weekend, talk to you soon!!! ♥

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Today I'll talk about an aspect of Two Towers which was also featured prominently on the EE DVD: The stunt men and women, affectionately called "stunties", who were of course in high demand for the battle of Helm's Deep in Two Towers, among many other scenes. I googled some of the names I could remmeber from the documentaries and found that there is a Stunt Guild of New Zealand, and with the exception of one member, all of them were involved with LOTR one way or another. (Which on a side note makes me wonder if it was founded during/after LOTR filming.) The exception is a stunt actress called Min Windle, who is Naomi Watt's stunt double in King Kong, another film which uses many of the LOTR veterans. Take a look around - some of these stunties have a rather impressive CV!
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One film to sweep them all... Oscars, that is!

ROTK set a new record by winning all 11 Oscars it was nominated for at the Oscars 2004. From CNN.com:

Before "Rings," the record for a film winning all its nominations was nine, set by "Gigi" (1958) and "The Last Emperor" (1988). "Rings" tied both "Ben-Hur" (1959) and "Titanic" (1997) with its 11 awards, the record for most Oscars in a single year. "Rings" is also the first fantasy film to win the top award.

Not only that, but The trilogy has earned critical and popular acclaim, with "Return of the King" the most successful of the lot financially -- one of only two films to earn $1 billion at the box office worldwide (the other is 1997's best picture, "Titanic").

I recently got my Ringers DVD and while I loved it all, the parts where I squeed were the footage from the Red Carpet Tour in New Zealand (omg I'll be there in a couple of days!!!) and - the footage from the TORN Oscar party.

Because I was there, watching the live broadcast of the Oscar ceremony on a big screen with hundreds of other fans! It was so wonderful to watch with fellow fans all rooting and cheering for ROTK. It was so emotional that I may have already teared up even before Annie Lennox got on stage to sing Into the West, and I was totally in tears by the time ROTK won Best Picture. It was such a special night... but it got even more special when the cast and crew came on stage. In a way it felt surreal to see them all right there, only a few metres away, waving their Oscars in the air. And watching Dom and Lij standing on our side of the stage, lost in their own conversation for much of the time. And of course, Dom and Billy singing. I'll never, ever forget that night. And I would like to share a few memories with you, in the form of some of the pictures I took. They're not fantastic quality and I had a bit of a bad angle for the group shots (let alone the British movie guy and his cameraman in the way, grrr!), but I hope you'll enjoy them anyway. Most of you have probably seen these already at Bag End Inn, but I dabbled a bit with them and cropped some for this occasion.

And now I'll stopp babbling and send you on a trip down memory lane... )
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Yes, 7 days!!! This time in one week I'll already be close to LA, where I'll meet [livejournal.com profile] foxykc! \o/ Seeing Red Carpet Tour footage on the Ringers DVD had me all excited! (That DVD comes VERY MUCH recommended btw!)

But on to my countdown... and my favourite character: Frodo. I was just blown away by Elijah's performance in the films, and I don't think that will ever change. There are no words to express just how much and in how many ways he touches me, makes me smile and cry and wring my hands and want to comfort hime and take that damn ring from him and beg him... shit, I just can't think about Frodo's journey without tearing up!

But this post is not about tortured, ring-lusting, angst-ridden Frodo. Because today the fabulous [livejournal.com profile] bunniewabbit posted a Froday picspam at the new [livejournal.com profile] lotr_themepix community. It's the early Frodo and Frodo/Gandalf publicity pictures. Go look at them, and let Frodo's beauty take your breath away. He does it to me every time.

I love him, whether or no
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OK, so this should have gone up yesterday, seeing as it was 9 days and there are 9 Nazgul... but better late than never, yes? *sheepish grin*

So - I'm sure I'm not the only one who is curious to find out more about the Nazgul - these mysterious creatures who were once kings of men. Well here's a website with detailed information about each of them and how they became Sauron's puppets.

The Nine, The Terrible, The Nazguls of Mordor

A brief excerpt:

The Nine Ringwraiths / Nazgûl / Úlairi
In origin all the nine Nazgûl were once great and powerful Lords, ruling many lands in Middle-earth. Each had accepted a ring of power from Sauron: a ring which imbued its wearers with sorcerous abilities and great longevity. Each had used their rings to enhance and expand their kingdoms to even greater limits. But the power of the rings was bought at a terrible price. For the same ring that imbued its wearer with power and life also increasingly subjected his will to that of the Dark-lord, until after many years the Nine were but cyphers in which the Dark-lord could act out his own wishes. When Sauron perished at the end of the Second-age, the nine, so closely bound up to him, perished also. When the Dark-lord re-emerged from the shadow in the Third-age, the nine re-appeared also. What lingering mortal qualities they may have still possessed before the destruction were now entirely gone, and they now appeared as the terrible shadow beings, famous in the Third-age as the Ringwraiths.
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Only 10 days!!!!! omg I can hardly believe it! Somehow it only just really sank in last night when I was lying in bed - I must have been lying there for an hour just bubbling with excitement and at the same time feeling that I haven't prepared half of what I should yet - which I know is not true, but that's my mind at 1am. :)

And to celebrate the 10th-to-last day of my countdown, I'll focus on the 10th member of the Fellowship: the one and only Peter Jackson!

And what better way to do that than through linking you to the website of his offical fanclub, The Bastards Have Landed? You can find lots of interesting information there about PJ and his work. Oh yes, and in April 2006 a biography of PJ by Brian Sibley will be published, which I will get for sure: Peter Jackson: A Film-maker's Journey. (The link goes to Amazon.co.uk since oddly enough, I couldn't find it at Amazon.com yet.)
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My poor little countdown feels sadly neglected, as I haven't paid attention to it at all these last two weeks! *pets it* I hope I'll be able to keep up for the rest of the time though!

Today's countdown post is about Weta Workshop! From the itinerary we got, it looks like we'll visit Weta Workshop - I don't know how "in depth" that visit will be, but it's certainly one of the stops I'm most looking forward to, and it would just be fantastic to meet some of the people involved in the making of the effects, sets and props of Lord of the Rings! Their website is well worth visiting, and it contains pages about

The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King

as well as their many other projects, of course. If you want to learn more about some of the people working there, browse throught the crew profiles.
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Did you see, KC - archery and horse trekking! I wonder how much the optional helicopter rides cost...?

No King Kong premiere - oh well. The tour will be fantastic anyway!

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Only 31 more days to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!! \o/

One of the most impressive scenes in Return of the King is the charge of the Rohirrim at Pelennor fields - it never fails to tear me up! This scene - or at least the live action elements of it - was filmed near Twizel, a small town situated quite literally in the middle of the South island. Originally there were 250 riders from all over New Zealand involved, but after some dropped off due to the strenuous conditions, 150 remained. It's amazing to think that all the rest are digital horses and riders - you can hardly distinguish which ones are real and which are not! Hats off to all involved!

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One of the places I'm most excited about seeing, of course, is the Hobbiton set near Matamata. I know I know, the hobbit holes only remained as "skeletons", but the landscape is still there and the party tree and the lake... so I can't wait to see it!

Hobbiton has a website!
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I finally was able to find a New Zealand map which lists the locations - or at least some of the major ones. :)

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I'm currently rewatching the EE DVDs, and looking at the various locations and knowing I'll visit quite a few of them has me ridiculously excited!
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This? Yup, it was officially Te Anau. Barrie Osborne mentions it on the FOTR commentary when this scene comes up. :)
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As location for Rivendell served the gorgeous forests of Kaitoke Regional Park, near Upper Hutt.

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The footage taken on location, together with studio footage, miniatures, computer animated characters and matte paintings (and sometimes all at the same time, masterfully blended into one), re-created the magical place called Rivendell )

From the website of the Greater Wellington Regional Council:


A magical setting )
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I don't know when and where exactly this picture was taken, but not only does it show off one of New Zealand's amazing landscapes:

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but it is also an hommage to one of John Howe's paintings of Gandalf (warning: large!):

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Technically, since 30something minutes ago it's only 49 days to go for me, but since I'm 9 hours ahead of [livejournal.com profile] foxykc and at least 1 hour ahead of most of you, I thought this still counts as 50... ;)

"Gentlemen! We do not stop till nightfall."

"What about breakfast?"

"We already had one."

"We had one, yes. What about second breakfast?"

"Don't think he knows about second breakfast, Pip."

"What about elevensies? Luncheon? Afternoon tea? Dinner? Supper? He knows about them, doesn't he?"

"I wouldn't count on it."


I'm not sure where this scene was shot and unfortunately have no time to go look it up, so I'd be very grateful for hints so I can add that information! But I remember PJ mentioning on the FOTR commentary that they started shooting without snow, then it started to snow halfway through and they were then told to evacuate the area, and could only get back several days later, and of course had to shoot everything again because now the ground was covered in snow which wouldn't have fit with previous footage. I'm assuming this picture is from the original day of shooting. It's still one of my favourites:

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For today's countdown post, I'll make it easy and link to a post from [livejournal.com profile] not_alone, as it fits quite perfectly:

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