Friday, March 30, 2012

Lord of the Rings

Have you ever wondered how Peter Jackson and the crew made the hobbits in The Lord of the Rings smaller than the rest of the characters? Turns out, big budget movies also use compositing to get the desired effect they are looking for. It blows my mind every time I watch the behind the scenes for these movies, just seeing the amount of work that went into it. They had to create 2 of every prop, one hobbit size, and the other normal just to be able to shoot two different characters in the same shot. In another video they show off the electronic dolly that syncs up with the platform that the actors sit on to keep the perspective they had. What impresses me most is that a lot of what they did was not CGI but instead very intuitive thinking and hard work that most likely ended up saving them money. 

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