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Archive for March, 2002

Lord Of The Pins

When I fist called Paul Badali of Badali Jewelry with the idea of making a pin for the Oscar nominees, I never thought in my wildest dreams we’d see them wearing the pins live on television.

During our Oscar party Randy Cook walked up to me and apologized for not wearing his pin, saying that he was extremely nervous for the Oscars and forgot about it on his hotel dresser. Jan Blenkin, Peter Jackson’s personal assistant rushed up to me just before getting into her limo and begged me for a pin, I of course obliged (I hope you get yours soon Jan!).

Many people have been asking how, when and where these lovely pins were made, so Paul Badali send us this in-depth description.

Here are some of the missing details. When you contacted me, you asked that the leaf be more of an oval shape than a “T”, with a small stem at the base, with gold and light green colors rather than dark green, with the inscription “Good Luck from TheOneRing.net”

I have been planning to design and offer an Elvish leaf broach for quite a while like the one The Fellowship received from Galadriel and the Elves upon leaving Lothlorien. In researching Tolkien’s description of the broach, I found it described as a “brooch like a green leaf veined with silver” and the best described when Legolas, Gimli and Aragorn discover the broach dropped by Pippin in the grass as “like the new-opened leaf of a beech tree – the brooch of an elven cloak”. The European Beech leaf is an oval shape and new-opened leaves are of a light green color. So this is the type of leaf I used in designing the clip for the Academy Awards; the European Beech.

I was able to print of the Logo you use for TheOneRing.net off your website, and sketch that into the design on the leaf. Once I had the entire leaf design and script drawn up to my satisfaction, and correctly sized, I had the design photo-etched into copper. The 3 dimensional but flat design was cut out of the copper sheet, and then molded in silicone rubber. Waxes injected into the rubber mold were then bent into the curved shape of the leaf. Separately, I had the “copyright” info. and “limited edition” info photo-etched into copper, molded, and injected in wax. The wax leaf and wax parts with the writing for the back were then all assembled into 4 complete wax originals. I cast 4 originals, so we could use the best of the 4 to create a final silicone rubber production mold. Waxes were then injected into this final original mold, and each piece hand numbered in the wax starting with 001 up to 36; the total number of raw castings made up so far. Four of these first 36 cast in silver were rejects; so 32 were available to have the clip soldered onto the back, get polished, and be finished with the colors applied to the front. I will be recasting the 4 reject numbers, and more leaf clips up to 100; the total number this edition is limited to.

We are using a high-tech epoxy based enameling system called DurEnamel to put the beautiful colors onto the front. Rather than high temperature melting of glass (enamel) onto the front of the brooch, DurEnamel mixes up like epoxy and only requires 150 degrees for 2 – 3 hours in an oven to cure to a glass-like finish and hardness. The green in the leaves was done in 4 steps starting with the darkest green colors along the veins first, and finishing up with the lightest transparent green last. The final coat was the gold DurEnamel in the letters. All of the colors were custom mixed to achieve the desired results.

20 finished clips were shipped to TheOneRing.net to give to the folks who produced this phenomenal film. All of us at Badali Jewelry who participated in the creation of the clip got one to keep ourselves also. So there are about 70 left that we can sell for $250.00 each to anyone who would like a beautiful collectable piece of history (look for more information in our shop section soon! -Xo).

Xoanon here to pick up the rest of the story. The pins were shipped to our publicist Asfaloth in Los Angeles. TheOneRing.net was invited to the New Zealand Embassy party at the Beverly Hills hotel the Friday before the Oscars. Quickbeam and Asfaloth attended the event and presented the pins to Peter Jackson, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean and many many others who were there (look for video and pictures of that event soon!).

When Peter Jackson, Mark Ordesky, and Jim Rygiel wore their pins to the Oscars, we were beyond excited when we saw them on the screen. And the press was quick to pick up on our story.

Hollywood.com: 6th paragraph: “Director Peter Jackson showed up wearing a leaf-shaped enamel pin for good luck, a gift from fans of his films.”

LA Times under ‘Lucky Charms’ 2nd paragraph: “Peter Jackson, too, showed off a lucky green leafy pin on his lapel…”

Stuff.co.nz 3rd paragraph: ‘As Rings director Peter Jackson looked on, wearing a special pin for luck on his jacket, the film took the award for best makeup, accepted by Richard Taylor and Peter Owen.”

ODT.co.nz 2nd paragraph: “As Rings director Peter Jackson looked on, wearing a special pin for luck on his jacket…”

Seattle P-I 3rd paragraph: “Peter Jackson, director of “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” wore a lucky pin.”

Thanks again to Badali Jewelry for all the hard work!

Thanks to Lady Xoanon for doing the research!

Posted in Old Special Reports

Sean Bean In Moby Video?

MSC writes: Sean Bean (Boromir) makes a cameo in Moby’s new music video “We Are All Made Of Stars.” The video features celebrities from the movie and music business. In Sean Bean’s scene, he is sitting in a car lip-synching to the song.

Posted in Old Main News

TTT Trailer With Police Escort?

Jeremy sends along an interesting story about viewing the TTT trailer last night. hrmmmm [More]

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Hall Of Fire Chats For March 30th & 31st

Almost two years ago, on April 7th 2000, Tolkien fans around the world were given a first glimpse at Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy currently filming in New Zealand, a project that promised to bring to life the dreams of all Tolkien fans and make the world of Middle-earth a little less fantasy and a little more real. And now after the release of Fellowship of the Ring, we’re back on the rollercoaster again as we see the first Teaser Trailer for The Two Towers. This weekend the Hall of Fire crew invite you to join us as we discuss The Two Towers Teaser Trailer. [More]

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Hall Of Fire Chats For March 30th & 31st

Almost two years ago, on April 7th 2000, Tolkien fans around the world were given a first glimpse at Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy currently filming in New Zealand, a project that promised to bring to life the dreams of all Tolkien fans and make the world of Middle-earth a little less fantasy and a little more real. Greeted with images of actors in stilts, rough CG models and actors in make-up, even then the magnitude of the film and what it was doing caught the imagination of us all not because of what it looked like but what it would look like a year and a half later.

From that point on, the resulting trailers each brought us that little bit closer to Peter Jackson’s vision, featuring scattered shots from across the Trilogy, from shots of Moria to fighting at Helm’s Deep to parties at Hobbiton and the forges of Mordor. Each new trailer was the fix for fans addicted to their next peek at Jackson’s Fellowship of the Ring, with the hope of seeing some of Tolkien’s more fantastical creatures like the Balrog, Gollum and Treebeard. With the Fellowship of the Ring so far away, the trailers would have to suffice.

And now after the release of Fellowship of the Ring, we’re back on the rollercoaster again as we see the first Teaser Trailer for The Two Towers, the second in Jackson’s Trilogy to hit the silver screen. This time however the teaser isn’t available on the Internet and is instead showing at the end of Fellowship of the Ring, a move that will see fans flocking back to the cinemas to ‘reluctantly’ watching their favourite film one more time so that they can get a brief glimpse of what’s in store for us December 18th 2002.

And from what we’ve seen, The Two Towers is by far the bleaker and foreboding of itself and Fellowship’, with visions of a corrupt and desolate Orthanc and Barad-Dur, Grima Wormtongue manipulating his once mighty master, the riders of Rohan preparing for battle against an enemy they have never seen before, and the incredible fighting at Helm’s Deep that will dominate so much of the film. This weekend the Hall of Fire crew invite you to join us as we discuss The Two Towers Teaser Trailer.

Upcoming Discussions
Mar 30 & 31: FotR and the Oscars
Apr 06 & 07: TTT – The Riders of Rohan
Apr 13 & 14: LotR, Stereotypes & Racial Class
Apr 20 & 21: The Two Towers – The Motion Picture
Apr 20 & 21: Literary Merits of LotR

Place:
#thehalloffire on theonering.net server; come to theonering.net’s chat room Barliman’s and then type /join #thehalloffire .

Saturday Chat: 5:30 pm ET (17:30) [also 11:30 pm (23:30) CET and 7:30 am Sunday (07:30) AET]

Sunday Chat: 7:00 pm (19:00) CET [also 1:00 pm (13:00) ET and 4:00 am (04:00) Monday morning AET]

ET = Eastern Time, USA’s East Coast
CET = Central European Time, Central Europe

Questions? Topics? Send ‘em here.

Posted in Barliman News

Media Watch: Scope Magazine

Ringer Spy Bee sends along the latest issue of ‘Scope Magazine’ with a small article on our Cate Blanchett (Galadriel). [More]

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Media Watch: Scope Magazine

Ringer Spy Bee sends along the latest issue of ‘Scope Magazine’ with a small article on our Cate Blanchett (Galadriel).

Posted in Old Special Reports

LOTR Costume Exhibit In LA

Ringer Spy BILLabong the Pony sends along these great images from the LOTR costume exhibit at the FIDM in LA, take a look at Sauron! [More]

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BBFC Imply Lord Of The Rings Cuts Possible

Some disturbing news from the BBFC today could lead to problems with the November announced 4-disc set of Lord Of The Rings. A recent policy decision at the British Censorship Board means that two versions of the same title may not be on sale at the same time with different certificates. [More]

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SHOP: Good News For Music Lovers

Elfish writes: After months of waiting, I was finally able to get the FOTR music book(piano/vocal/chords) from my local music store yesterday. [More]

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Richard Taylor back in NZ

“NZ TV showed Richard Taylor arriving back in Wellington today, he had a bag full of mini-Oscars (about half the size of the real statues) for everyone at WETA. He said it was great to be back and that Hollywood was a new experience for him. The real statues are destined for a cabinet in the one of the workshops at WETA. His partner Tania Rodgers did not attend the Oscars because she was expecting a child in a fortnight.” Thanks to Will for that.

Posted in Old Main News

French and Saunders LOTR Spoof Online.

Thanks to Jim for this: “Hi I’ve recorded the French & Saunders FOTR Spoof Movie clip. It’s 5mins long
and 80MB download ! Its Mpeg2 compressed and good quality .If you have Broadband then it’s ‘make yourself a cup of tea and some Lembas! [More]

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