Monday, May 04, 2009

By Fans For Fans

I’m a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings – the books from my childhood and the the films by Peter Jackson. SwingDaddy and I have read the entire story out loud, which took us over a year, back when we were first dating, and have all the DVDs, both theatrical and extended releases. I think I watched every last special feature, including commentaries, while nursing Q-ster. So, we’re pretty big fans.

This weekend, we learned of some truly obsessive fans. Fans with mad skillz.

The Hunt for Gollum
is a 40 minute fan film made by an all-volunteer cast and crew, and it looks astoundingly good. The director spent less than six thousand dollars, because among those volunteers were fine actors, prosthetics builders, costume designers, chainmail makers, and an army of digital effects experts. The story is taken from parts of Tolkein’s work not filmed by Jackson – Aragorn’s search for Gollum just prior to the action in LOTR- and was shot in gorgeous forests in Wales and England.

I saw a review (the page is now down, so I can’t link, unfortunately) comment that the legal disclaimer (not for profit, internet-only release, not affiliated with Tolkein estate or Peter Jackson or Weta or New Line Cinema or so on and so forth . . .) was probably longer than the script, and I’m glad that a bunch of people who love the tale could come together to do such amazing work in this day and not get sued.

We had a little download problem yesterday since there was a lot of traffic on release day, but the first half looked terrific and I’m looking forward to seeing the rest tomorrow. Check out The Hunt for Gollum.

And by the way, Happy Star Wars Day! "May the 4th" be with you.


Anonymous said...

Wow, that looks amazing! Knowing how much work goes into your average 30-second commercial makes something like this all the more impressive. Well done to the creators!

Mayberry said...

I love that you read aloud to each other--what a cool thing to do with a beau!

I told a mom at the school playground about Star Wars Day yesterday (after learning about it on Twitter, of course) and she died laughing.

Bob said...

Good one on May the 4th.

Must be great to have digital animation artists on your volunteer force.

Damselfly said...

Darn, I missed Star Wars Day. Who knew?

Those must be some dedicated fans. I think the idea of a fan movie is great!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see it!

4th B

Waltzing with Widgets said...

Wow, just... wow. I've seen some amateur-ish fan movies before, but those stills look quite professional.

I am impressed by your Tolkien reading marathon! I read the trilogy over and over, but certainly never aloud.