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Lord Of The Rings Filmmaking Secrets: Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli and the hobbits are all different heights in the LOTR films. How did they do that?
Posted by Milton, Nov 8, 2007. 3858 views. ID = 298

Lord Of The Rings Filmmaking Secrets

Posted by Milton, Nov 8, 2007. 3858 views. ID = 298
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Last night I was munching popcorn and watching "The Lord Of The Rings" with my sisters. They got into this big argument about how they could make Gandalf and Legolas one height, while Gimli was a bit smaller, and the hobbits were smallest of all.

April said that they actually searched all over the world for actors who were different heights, and had chosen some midgets to play the parts of Gimli and the Hobbits.

May just laughed at her and said, "No, that's not true. Peter Jackson has the latest version of Photoshop, and he just stretches out and shrinks the actors after they've filmed it."


June said they were both crazy, and pointed out that if Mr. Jackson had done that, all the trees and mountains would be stretched out too. She said that Gandalf, the elves and the humans were on stilts, while all the other actors had to crouch down. She said it was most obvious with the orcs; it was easy to see that they were hunched over.

By this time they were so engrossed in their argument that they'd forgotten all about the movie and the popcorn.

I listened to them for awhile, and then said that I disagreed with all of them, because I've done some studying on the art of filmmaking. I explained: "They have a machine that they put the actors into, that shrinks or expands them to the right height. While they're filming it, Elijah Wood really is shorter than the others, and when they're done for the day, they put him back in the machine and stretch him back out to normal size."

All three of my sisters laughed at me, and told me I was dumb. But I know I'm not. "After all," I said, "How else do you explain that they manage to fit all those people inside our television set if they don't shrink them?"

"Oh, right," April replied, with a roll of her eyes. "I never thought about that."

"What a nimrod," May exclaimed.


"Brothers are so dumb," June added.

"Excuse me, are you finished with that popcorn?" Pippin asked.

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Comments


Josiah T.
Nov 8, 2007
Hahaha! You know that John Ryce-Davies (Gimli) is really six feet tall? They must have had to shrink him a lot too... :-P
   ~Posted by Josiah T., Nov 8, 2007

Mathax
Nov 8, 2007
do you really have 3 sisters?
I got 1...

   ~Posted by Mathax, Nov 8, 2007

Milton
Nov 8, 2007
Did you know that Big Bird was actually only the size of a hummingbird, so they really had to stretch him out to play on Sesame Street. ;)

sisters...maybe, maybe not.
   ~Posted by Milton, Nov 8, 2007

Douglas
Nov 8, 2007
Ha ha...cute. When I got to the end and saw this: "Just then..." it was like a big flag waving in front of my face saying "Surprise ending on the way!"

I wonder how it would sound if you left off the "just then", and started the sentence with "Pippin looked..." After all, you've already got a rhythm going of one person after another saying something.

Just an idea!
   ~Posted by Douglas, Nov 8, 2007

Mathax
Nov 8, 2007
I think you do. I dought that you would be insalting yourself.
   ~Posted by Mathax, Nov 8, 2007

Josiah T.
Nov 8, 2007
"sisters...maybe, maybe not."

Heh heh. I gots 1 sister and 4 brothers. Needless to say, we have a big house. :-P


   ~Posted by Josiah T., Nov 8, 2007

Douglas
Nov 8, 2007
yes, I think that works even better. You keep the rhythm going, AND you save the surprise for the very last two words of the piece.

Plus I see you led up to it, by adding in a couple lines about the popcorn. Very nice. :)
   ~Posted by Douglas, Nov 8, 2007

Katie
Nov 8, 2007
Great ending! :-)
   ~Posted by Katie, Nov 8, 2007

Mathax
Nov 9, 2007
You should continue this post.
   ~Posted by Mathax, Nov 9, 2007

death_shadow
Nov 14, 2007
nice ending
   ~Posted by death_shadow, Nov 14, 2007

Milton
Nov 14, 2007
thanks! Hmmm...this post actually fits this week's writing prompt too.

I guess I should think of something new to write now...
   ~Posted by Milton, Nov 14, 2007



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