Ringer Spy anonymous sends along this interesting bit of info regarding the use of arrows in LOTR:
anonymous quotes Calisuri from our frame-by-frame look at the latest TV tralier:
“Legolas turns to face the attackers as the remaining Fellowship escapes from Moria.
We believe there are some special effects used here to make Legolas’s actions swifter, as is his nature. Notice how fast he draws the arrow and fires.”
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anonymous: The arrow is CG. Use the arrow keys to slow down the footage and you’ll note he doesn’t even pull the arrow from his quiver, but rather from behind his other shoulder. Arrows are often CG on LOTR, because obviously no-one can string a bow that fast and speeding up a shot often looks stupid.