Archive for April, 2012

Summary of Hobbit Preview

Thursday, April 26, 2012 7:06

Cliff Broadway of saw the ten minute Hobbit preview at CinemaCon on Tuesday and spoke about the content. Here’s a summary of what he had to say, thanks to Silverlode from message boards (spoilers!):

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LOTR Chapter by Chapter: Lothlórien

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 20:30
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If Tolkien wrote the previous few chapters to make people want to make films out of his work, he did a good job. He then, to be a jerk, added the next few chapters to make the task more difficult.

The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 2, Chapter 6: Lothlórien

Chapter synopsis:

The company continues on and enters the forest of Lórien, a strange, wonderful land, where many ancient and fair things still live on as they did in the Elder Days. They are stopped by three guards, Elves of Lothlórien, who allow them to sleep in their tree-platforms. This proves good as a host of Orcs passes beneath the trees that night, and Gollum is also seen spying around. The following day they reach Cerin Amroth, the Mound of Amroth, of which Aragorn seems to have very pleasant memories.

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Hobbit Preview Draws Mixed Reaction

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 7:06
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My colleague Cliff Broadway of saw the ten minute Hobbit preview yesterday at CinemaCon, a convention for theater owners in Las Vegas. He reports that he saw:

– The White Council featuring Saruman, Gandalf, Galadriel and Elrond.
– Riddles in the Dark with Gollum and Bilbo
– The Trolls – Tom, Bert and Bill – all with dialogue!
– Gandalf in Dol Guldur with Thrain
– Legolas and Tauriel in an action sequence and a tense threat to Thorin!
– Radagast the Brown in a bit of comedic glory

Meanwhile, The Los Angles Times is reporting that the preview, shown in 3D at 48 frames per second, drew a mixed reaction. As the newspaper reports:

Indeed, the footage shown did seem hyper-realistic. An opening aerial shot of dramatic rocky mountains appeared clearer than the images in most nature documentaries. But the effect was different when applied to scenes with actors dressed in period costume, whose every move — and pore — was crystal clear. Such realism put off some trade show attendees, who complained the footage didn’t feel enough like a traditional film.

“It looked like a made-for-TV movie,” said one projectionist, who requested anonymity because of his affiliation with a competing studio. “It was too accurate — too clear. The contrast ratio isn’t there yet — everything looked either too bright or black.”

One Los Angeles-based film buyer was more enthusiastic, saying that, though he felt like the footage looked live, he still found the technology intriguing.

The full article is here.

Hobbit Preview at CinemaCon

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 10:21
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Today in Las Vegas at CinemaCon, ten minutes of The Hobbit will be shown in both 3D and 48 frames per second to theater owners as part of an event where all of the major studios will present preview clips of their upcoming slate of films.

This is reminsicent of the 25 minute preview of The Lord of the Rings was shown at the Cannes Film Festival seven months before The Fellowship of the Ring was released. (Specifically, viewers got to see the Moria sequence, which created a lot of buzz in the press.)

Lord of the Tweets

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 10:07
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Every wonder what The Lord of the Rings would look if it was told through the characters via twitter?


Me neither. But it’s cute nonetheless.

LOTR Chapter by Chapter: Bridge of Khazad-Dûm

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 16:11

If you’re reading The Lord of the Rings, and you get to this chapter and you’re not into the story, put the book down, because you’re a lost cause.

The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 2, Chapter 5: The Bridge of Khazad-Dûm

Chapter synopsis:

Gandalf reads the record of Balin’s people. However, just as he and the rest intend to set off again, they are attacked by a large number of Orcs accompanied by Trolls. They defend themselves valiantly in the chamber of the tomb, and as the attack stops for a while they escape through the other door. Gandalf tries to lock it with a spell; he is opposed by a counter-spell of an unknown but apparently very strong opponent, and under their pressure the door breaks and the entire chamber collapses. This blocks the passage and frees the Company from the pursuit for a while. They keep on descending and reach the level below the Gates. Here the Orcs have prepared a trap of fire for them, but since the Company did not come down the main road and the Orcs did, this cuts the Company from the pursuers. The way out leads over a narrow bridge over a chasm, which was made as a defense by the Dwarves of old. The Trolls bring stone slabs to cross their barrier of fire, and before the Company manages to cross the bridge, a Balrog appears: a great man-like creature wielding a sword and a fiery whip. Gandalf fights with it on the bridge; the bridge breaks and both the wizard and the Balrog fall into the chasm. The rest of the Company safely escapes out of Moria.

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Vacation Photos

Sunday, April 15, 2012 3:30

I’ve been on vacation. I figured I’d share some photos:

vacation photo

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Book Review for “Magical Worlds of LOTR”

Sunday, April 15, 2012 3:06
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This is my latest review for This month the subject is the book, “The Magical Worlds of The Lord of the Rings: The Amazing Myths, Legends, and Facts Behind the Masterpiece” by David Colbert.

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