At Mythcon earlier this month Quickbeam and I met the director of this new documentary on Tolkien and his legacy. He’s sent us an note to tell us how this interesting project is developing. Soon there should be something available to see via the Web. Here, in fact.
“As of August 24, 2001, Scripts and Scribes has completed filming for the segments that will hopefully appear on our web site (www.scriptsandscribes.com) and on www.theonering.net. We are completing the editing for these documentary exerpts. As well, we are in the process of securing the necessary permissions to put our project on line.
The next major moment in the production will take place Sept.7-9. First, we are thrilled that internationally respected Tolkien artist, Ted Nasmith has agreed to help us with our project. And we are extremely fortunate and honoured that Tom Shippey, Verlyn Flieger, Joseph Pearce, and George Clark will come to Toronto, Canada, to be interviewed for our documentary. Tom, Verlyn, and Joseph should be well known to Tolkien fans. George, a long time friend and colleague, is my co-editor for _J.R.R. Tolkien and His Literary Resonances: Views of Middle-earth_ (Greenwood, 2000); see www.greenwood.com for a description of the book.
As well, we will do some intensive promotion of “The Legacy of _The Lord of the Rings_” during the Toronto International Film Festival, Sept. 6 -15/01
Lastly, we are prepared and booked to go to England for Sept. 21/01 to Sept. 23/01. We will be filming locations and interviews in London,Oxford, Birmingham, Sarehole, and the beautiful English architecture and landscape. We’ll visit all the key Tolkien landmarks: his house, college, pub (“The Bird and Baby”), and others. We’ll also attend Oxonmoot. All in all, it should be wonderful (and hectic!) trip.”