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The official inside story on the making of the award-winning movie trilogy
The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy is a lavishly illustrated, behind-the-scenes, definitive account of the creation of an epic film experience. Hailed by critics worldwide, part one of the movie trilogy was a box-office smash, one of the most successful films of the decade. Peter Jackson's "fierce, imaginative movie takes high-flying risks and inspires with its power and scale," wrote Newsweek. "In every way this is moviemaking on a grand scale," wrote the San Francisco Chronicle, while Time proclaimed the "grandeur, moral heft and emotional depth" of the film, which received thirteen Academy Award(R) nominations. Including more than 300 photographs from all three films, most unique to this book, and exclusive interviews with all the cast and crew, Brian Sibley's fascinating book takes every fan inside the process of adapting J.R.R. Tolkien's masterwork for the screen. For the first time in history, three major movies were made at the same time, a triumphant and monumental undertaking that took the world by storm. Here can be found details about the hundreds of dedicated artists, craftspeople and cast and crew members who labored for years -- adding authenticity at every stage -- to bring one of the greatest stories ever told to an eager film audience. Sibley takes us inside the process of filmmaking to show us how the magic is made -- from the director, writers and actors to wardrobe, makeup, miniatures, music and digital special effects, it's all here.
"It was tiring, physically and mentally, but never dull. Three movies, one big story, and so much variety: one day shooting scenes of intimate heart-wrenching drama, the next, vast battle scenes involving hundreds of extras. Every day brought an opportunity to create something new on this enormous canvas that is The Lord of the Rings." -- Peter Jackson
This fully authorized guide offers images from the first two movies ("The Fellowship of the Ring" and "The Two Towers") as well as an indication of images in the third and final film, "The Return of the King" (Holiday '03). It includes every aspect of how the greatest movie trilogy of the modern age was put together: from conceptual design and filming, and the first unveiling of footage at Cannes, right up to the long-awaited World Premiere. Features also include: interviews with all the principal cast, crew and extensive commentary from Peter Jackson himself; and hundreds of stunning behind-the-scenes images, many exclusive to this book.
About the Author
J.R.R. Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892. After serving in the First World War, he embarked upon a distinguished career as a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University. He is the renowned creator of Middle-earth and author of the great modern classic, The Hobbit, the prelude to his epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings. Other works by J.R.R. Tolkien include The Silmarillion. J.R.R. Tolkien died in 1973 at the age of 81.Brian Sibley is the author of The Lord of the Rings Official Movie Guide which spent seventeen weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, as well as The Map of Tolkien's Middle-earth, and The Land of Narnia: Exploring the World of C.S. Lewis. He lives in England.
Table of Contents
Foreword : Ian McKellen Prologue: The Long-Expected Party 1: Workshop of Wonders 2: Locating Middle-earth 3: Setting the Scene 4: It's a Small World 5: Department Store for Middle-earth 6: Regal Robes and Big Girls' Frocks 7: Waging the War of the Ring 8: Hobbit Hair and Wizard Whiskers 9: Making Faces 10: Filming a Masterpiece 11: Adding the Magic 12: Knowing the Score Epilogue: An End and a Beginning Acknowledgements