A Filmmaker’s Guide to Lord of the Rings (GUEST: Marsh Chamberlain)


Welcome back to Middle Earth! On this first episode of Season 3, Timmie, Ryan and special guest, Marsh Chamberlain, revisit The Lord of the Rings Trilogy from a filmmaker’s perspective.  Get ready for some scene study, and special feature extravaganza.

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I. Intro 

A. Season 3

B. Guest: Marsh Chamberlain

C. Marsh as a Director

II. Peter Jackson  [00:09:20]

A. Jackson’s Influence on Marsh

B. How Can We Determine If Jackson Is A Good Director?

C. How Did Peter Jackson Get Funding?

III. LOTR Trilogy [00:31:15]

A.  Marsh’s LOTR Book/Movie Origin Story

B.  Opinions on the “Don’t Ruin This for Me!” Phenomenon

C.  Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

D.  The Two Towers (2002)

  • Nightmare to piece together
  • Evolution of VHX
    • Gollum stuff
  • Howard Shore’s score
    • “I want something hummable.” ~Peter Jackson

E.  The Return of the King (2003)

  • Film structure
  • Too many slow mo’ shots!
  • Cheesiness, melodrama

F.  Marsh’ Favorite of Three Films

G. Special Extended Editions: Worth the Run-Time?

H. What do we think is the best representation of the experience of making these films?

  • Costa Botes Vs. New Line Documentaries

IV. What Made LOTR a Success & Post LOTR Peter Jackson [01:55:10]

A. The Value of Fear for an Artist

B.  King Kong (2005), The Lovely Bones (2009), The Hobbit Trilogy (2012-2014)

  • What did Marsh think of The Hobbit?

V. Our Time in Middle Earth is Over…For Now 

A.  LOTR In Concert Will Be Great

VI. Mini Segments [02:04:34]

A.  We Have Showtime Now: Homeland

B.  NJAM Sees It:  FoxcatcherInherent Vice

C.  Marsh’s Rumors

D.  Corrections: The New Zealand Film Commission funded Dead Alive, not necessarily the Government directly.

VII. Conclusions [02:09:05]

Original Music

The music found in this episode was written and performed by the talented Jesse James.

Audio Editing

This show was edited by Ryan Jacobi.

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