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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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?
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)
- From Script to Scene, and NJAM Analysis [00:41:37]
- 02:09:17 to 02:11:10 (Theatrical Release)
- Walter Murch’s: 6 Rules for Cutting A Scene
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
VI. Mini Segments [02:04:34]
A. We Have Showtime Now: Homeland
B. NJAM Sees It: Foxcatcher, Inherent 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]
The music found in this episode was written and performed by the talented Jesse James.
This show was edited by Ryan Jacobi.