From Wired.com: Take a look at how the craftsmen at Weta Workshops created swords for the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. Video courtesy Weta Workshop.
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The sword, in whatever form, remains an important feature in cultures around the globe. It remains a symbol of the warrior in an age when many of us never need to fight anybody. Daniel McNicoll has directed a documentary, “Reclaiming The Blade,” that explores the sword and its standing in contemporary society and uses many examples from popular culture to do it. (more…)Posted in John Rhys-Davies, LotR Cast News, LotR Production, Props, Viggo Mortensen
TheOneRing.net is teaming up with Galatia Films to celebrate the DVD release of ‘Reclaiming the Blade’ by giving away the ‘Late 15th Century Bastard Sword’ from Albion Swords! A prize worth nearly $500! Entering the contest is super easy – you don’t even need to answer any questions! ‘Reclaiming the Blade’ is narrated by John Rhys-Davies and features appearances by many LOTR veterans: Viggo Mortensen, Karl Urban, Bob Anderson, John Howe and Richard Taylor of WETA Workshop. The DVD will be released on March 30th, but you can place your pre-order today at the Galatia Films website. So after you enter the contest, secure your copy of the DVD today! [Contest Page] [Pre-Order the DVD]Posted in Collectibles, Contests, DVDs, Headlines, John Howe, John Rhys-Davies, Karl Urban, Lord of the Rings, LotR Cast News, Merchandise, Props, Richard Taylor, Viggo Mortensen, WETA Workshop
So much of what Weta does is terribly secret until it’s finished (who knows what they’re up to in preparing for The Hobbit? But next month they’re inviting people in Wellington to visit the Weta Cave to enjoy their work on their own series, Jane and the Dragon. It’s a free day of medieval fun and a chance to meet both the author of the book, Martin Baynton, and master swordsmith Peter Lyon, who did so much work on The Lord of the Rings. Read MorePosted in Events, Other Events, Props, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop
Alex writes: I visited the Royal Armouries yesterday to see the “Arms and Armour from the Movies: The Wonderful World of Weta” exhibit and attended the fantastic lecture by the great Peter Lyon, Sword smith. Many people came along to hear his speech. He talked initially about his work on the Narnia films and how the process from concept drawings to the fully developed weapon was achieved. (more…)Posted in Events, Exhibits, Hobbit Movie, Props, Rumors Spy News, WETA Workshop
Anonymous writes: Pieces from a private collection of authentic LOTR movie props will be shown at the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra for the weekend for their Lord of the Rings Symphony. There will be six pieces on display Friday and Saturday night, more news can be found at Original Prop Blog.Posted in Concerts, Events, Exhibits, LotR Movies, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers, Props
Nickey writes in: Dear TORn Friends, My friend and extraordinary artist, Peter Lyon, will be making his way to the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds as of a flight this evening. He is very excited about the trip. If you are in Leeds, please stop by and see the exhibit while he is there. Cheers!
A reminder: the “Arms and Armour from the Movies: The Wonderful World of Weta” exhibit runs until November 16 at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. Read more in our previous article about the exhibition, or at the Exhibition Site.Posted in Crew News, Events, Exhibits, LotR Movies, Other Crew, Props
Peter Lyon, the man responsible for translating John Howe’s visions into LOTR’s workable weapons props, says he is looking forward to working on the Hobbit.The comment came in a reply to a recent fan mail, where he said that, all going well, he was looking forward to “completing the circle” to that part of his life. Lyon did not say whether his involvement was confirmed, but his words do sound hopeful!
Thanks to Josh for the news.
Galatia Films is pleased to announce the forging of a new friendship with TheOneRing.net, the most comprehensive Tolkien fan site on the Web. To kick things off at San Diego’s Comic-Con 2008, TheOneRing.net will be conducting an exclusive interview with both Weta Workshop director Richard Taylor and award-winning artist and movie illustrator John Howe both of whom are featured in Reclaiming the Blade. The interview will be used to discuss their various film projects, including their association and involvement with Reclaiming the Blade. (more…)Posted in ComicCon, Conventions, Events, Headlines, John Howe, Props, Richard Taylor
Hobbit chat with Peter Jackson and G. del Toro peppered with big news (and little details about both films)
Future “Hobbit” director Guillermo del Toro and former “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson sat down with a world-wide internet audience and answered a lot more than the announced “20 questions” this weekend.
Hosted by Weta, there were a lot of minor details and significant confirmations and revelations about the gigantic production that will yield two “Hobbit” related movies, one in 2011 and the second in 2012.
Peter Jackson said,
From Lord of the Rings to lords of the ringing tills, the Weta team that conquered Hollywood is now branching out into a souvenir shop for film buffs. The new store, Weta Cave, opens next month and will provide fans and tourists with a chance to get up close to the film-makers. The shop will have goods ranging from $1000 ray guns to King Kong figurines, and will be based next to Peter Jackson’s Miramar empire. Weta Ltd general manager Tim Launder said the store, which will stock limited-edition collectibles, DVDs, books and clothing, had been built to help satisfy Wellington’s thriving movie tourism sector. Step into our cave, says WetaPosted in Merchandise, New Zealand, Props, WETA Workshop