1:00 pm Convention Opens
1:30 pm New Zealand IS Middle Earth: There and Back Again with Red Carpet (Hosted by Diane Rooney) Sir Ian McKellen said, “Middle Earth is a real place, and it’s New Zealand.” TORn feature writer Celebriel shared the story of her journey on our website last summer. This multimedia presentation features tales and photos from travelers around the world who’ve made the journey and joined the fellowship that is Red Carpet Tours. Come be inspired by the magic that is New Zealand.
2:15 pm STAGE RESET
2:35 pm LOTR & SCI-FI COLLECTIBLE AUCTION: grab unbelievable bargains here!
3:10 pm DANIEL REEVE Calligrapher and Cartographer. Designer of all the maps, books, scrolls, parchments and inscriptions in the LOTR films.
4:00 pm DORKS AND SPORKS AT ORC – A MOVIE PARODY SPECTACULAR Jack is back… whether you want him or not! Co-director and all around genius Jack Peterson will be appearing with the cast and crew of the hilarious epic parody “The Dork of the Rings” coming Summer 2006.
4:35 pm MUSIC VIDEOS
4:50 pm Iron Artist Challenge – (hosted by Tadao Tomomatsu, judged by Debbie Hayes, Alyse Gagne, Veronica Smeltzer and Tim Kirk)
One hour! One theme! One winner per category! Join us for this exciting competition as professional artists Colleen Doran, Cynthia Cummens and Don Flaws take on amateurs Aubrey Guilbault, Ashley Taylor and Olga Bosserdt in a challenge to see who can produce the best Lord of the Rings themed artwork given one hour and a theme that none of them will know until minutes before they start! Categories include “Children’s Illustration,” “Cartooning” and “Illustration.”
9:00 pm Friday Night Entertainment Show One Ring Celebration Costume Competition and The Fenians plus a Cash Bar. Contestants for the costume competition visit the sign up table today for any questions you might have about participation and rules.
This table is located outside program room A NOTE: THIS EVENT IS COMPLIMENTARY FOR WIZARD PATRONS, for all others it is $65 (reserved seating) or $25 general admission, available today at REGISTRATION.
FRIDAY 6:30 LITTLE THEATRE In the vendors’ main area: FIRST SCREENING OF THE TRILOGY BLOOPERS. Note: Absolutely no cameras, cell phones, video or audio taping equipment is allowed and we will check and you will be turned away from the theatre. Please do not bring these items with you!
6:30 PM IF YOUR LAST NAME BEGINS WITH A-H (BRING PHOTO ID)
7:00 PM BLOOPERS IF YOUR LAST NAME BEGINS WITH H-P
7:30 PM BLOOPER IF YOUR LAST NAME BEGINS WITH Q-Z Saturday
11 am OPEN
11:30 am RINGERS PANEL: meet the filmmakers who will discuss their amazing documentary which we will screen later on today! Cliff Broadway (writer/producer) Jeff Marcheletta (producer) Josh Mandel (Dir. of Photography/Co-Producer) John Welch (Asst. Editor)
12:10 pm JOHN NOBLE (Denethor)
1:45 pm LORD OF THE RINGS & SCI-FI NO MINIMUM BID AUCTION Come down for the big deals!
2:30 pm MUSIC VIDEOS
2:50 pm ELECTRONIC ARTS LOTR presentation by Associate Producer Amer Ajami: Don’t miss it
3:30 pm ELIJAH WOOD and SEAN ASTIN
5:00 pm RINGERS SCREENING: the first showing of the entire documentary at a fan gathering, narrated by Dom Monaghan
6:40 pm Autographing with ELIJAH WOOD, SEAN ASTIN, JOHN NOBLE, DANIEL REEVE will be done on a complimentary basis for WIZARD
CIRCLE PATRONS (which we will call row by row) and then those with autograph tickets which we will call by number. AUTOGRAPH TICKETS are on sale today in the hallway in front of the main theatre at the following prices:
ELIJAH WOOD: $50
SEAN ASTIN: $50
JOHN NOBLE: $30
PHOTO OPS Have your pictures taken with a celebrity and get a glorious full color 8 by 10 of you with your “brush with fame!” Taken by professional photographer CHRISTOPHER SCHMELKE (who did the photos at ELF in Florida and they were awesome!) PHOTO OPS TAKE PLACE IN THE LITTLE THEATRE, WHICH IS IN THE VENDORS ROOM AS YOU ENTER. You can still get photo op tickets in the hallway in front of the main theatre as follows:
1:30 pm JOHN NOBLE $40
2:15 pm SEAN ASTIN $60
5:10 ELIJAH WOOD $60
TIMES FOR PHOTO OPS, please be five minutes early, no need to arrive WAY early!
7:10 PM BLOOPER SCREENINGS in LITTLE THEATRE. IF YOU GETTING AUTOGRAPHS DURING THIS TIME, WE SUGGEST YOU COME SEE THE BLOOPERS AND THEN GO BACK TO THE AUTOGRAPH LINE GETTING BACK INTO PLACE WHERE YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN. Absolutely no cameras, cell phones, video or audio taping equipment is allowed and we will check and you will be turned away from the theatre. Please do not bring these with you.
7:10 YOUR LAST NAME BEGINS WITH A-H (BRING PHOTO ID)
7:35 PM BLOOPERS IF YOUR LAST NAME BEGINS WITH H-P
8:00 PM BLOOPER IF YOUR LAST NAME BEGINS WITH Q-Z
IF FOLKS STILL ARE WAITING TO SEE IT THAT HAVEN’T WE WILL CONTINUE RUNNING THEM.
9:30 pm Saturday Night Dessert Party NOTE LATER START THAN ADVERTISED Complimentary for WIZARD CIRCLE PATRONS, all others: $65 available at REGISTRATION
Featuring The One Ring Awards Presentation hosted by Cliff Broadway of RINGERS fame, the evening also features excerpts from: “Fellowship!” The Musical Parody of “The Fellowship of the Ring,” the hilarious musical send-up of Tolkien’s classic tale, “Hobbit Sisters,” Michael Bilach as Singing Gandalf: Sing along with Gandalf as he brings Middle-earth to life with song and guitar! Singing Gandalf, and Karaoke, Delicious Desserts and A Cash Bar
Sunday OPEN AT 10AM for those coming to the now sold out BREAKFAST WITH BILLY BOYD, 11AM FOR ALL OTHERS
Sunday Morning 10am in the tabled area behind our main theatre: The One Ring Brunch & Charity Auction with BILLY BOYD, raising funds for The Epilepsy Connection of Glasgow. SOLD OUT PLEASE NOTE: for those not attending the breakfast, our main program of events will begin at noon. Secondary programming and vendors’ rooms will be open starting at 11am Sunday!
NOON: Influence and Power: The Relationship of Denethor and Pippin – (Lynette Porter) When we watch The Return of the King, we might find little in common between Pippin and Denethor, but they do share common family backgrounds and responsibilities, as well as some common interests. How do Pippin and Denethor influence each other, and how does each handle the power of leadership? The “rest of the story” is told in this session.
12:35 pm BILLY BOYD
1:45 pm MUSIC VIDEOS
2:10 pm SPECIAL NEW EVENT: LUNCHEON WITH MIRANDA OTTO, DANIEL REEVE AND JOHN NOBLE at The Sheraton Hotel, which is adjacent to the Pasadena Center. THIS IS A BRAND NEW EVENT and requires a separate ticket at $65 each available at the convention registration booth (the ones at the bottom of the steps into the facility) up till Saturday 2pm. The guests will be escorted around to tables so you will get the chance to meet them. Photos can be taken as they enter the room only. Limited attendance. Food is an Old Towne Deli Buffet with turkey, roast beef, ham salami, cheeses, bagels and breads, dessert, coffee, tea or iced tea.
2:10 Horsemanship in The Lord of the Rings Movies – (Laura Wilson)
How did Gandalf guide Shadowfax with no Bridle? Did Asfaloth really understand Glorfindel’s command of “Noro Lim!” and truly appreciate the danger that Frodo was in? In the film, did Brego feel affection for Aragorn as a person, or did he just see him as master? These are just a few of the points Laura will cover in her talk on Horsemanship in Middle-earth.
2:45 SEATING UPGRADES FOR NEXT YEAR: SEE AD IN THIS BOOKLET FOR INFO ON RESERVING YOUR SEATS FOR 2007!
3:15 LOTR & SCI-FI NO MINIMUM BID AUCTION
3:50 MIRANDA OTTO
4:45 THE TROUBLE OF THE RINGS A Russian Fan Parody. Some clips from the epic!
5:10 Iron Artist Auction for charity We will hold an auction of all 6 pieces of original art created in the Iron Artist Challenge in a charity auction geared to supporting http://www.vsarts.org/ VSA arts is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where all people with disabilities learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts. Any art from the art show that needs to be auctioned off will come at this time as well.
5:40 pm LOTR TRIVIA CONTEST
6:00 pm AUTOGRAPHING with BILLY BOYD, MIRANDA OTTO complimentary for WIZARD CIRCLE PATRONS who we will call first row by row, followed by those with autograph tickets which can be purchased in the hallway outside of the theatre. BILLY BOYD is $50, MIRANDA OTTO is $50 and DANIEL REEVE is $15.
SUNDAY PHOTO OPS
Have your pictures taken with a celebrity and get a glorious full color 8 by 10 of you with your “brush with fame!” Taken by professional photographer CHRISTOPHER SCHMELKE (who did the photos at ELF in Florida and they were awesome!)
PHOTO OPS TAKE PLACE IN THE LITTLE THEATRE, WHICH IS IN THE VENDORS ROOM AS YOU ENTER.
You can still get photo op tickets in the hallway in front of the main theatre as follows:
1:40 pm BILLY BOYD $40 (IF YOU HAVE A TICKET TO THE NEW LUNCHEON AT 2:10PM YOU CAN GO TO THE HEAD OF THE LINE)
4:50 pm MIRANDA OTTO $60
SUNDAY IN THE LITTLE THEATRE IN THE VENDORS ROOM: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm BLOOPER SHOWINGS: We will be showing the exclusive bloopers from the trilogy during this period on a repeated basis. We suggest you can come see this and go back to autographing if you wish and take your place in the line if your row or number was called.
PLEASE NOTE: ABSOLUTELY NO CAMERAS, CELL PHONES, VIDEO OR SOUND RECORDERS ALLOWED. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO BRING THEM INTO THE ROOM PLEASE.
SCHOLARS, KIDS, ART AND COSTUMING TRACKS
All these events take place in the VENDORS AREA OF THE CONVENTION in the rooms around the perimeter. THE POPULAR ORC ART SHOW is located in ROOM 101 in the same area
PROGRAM ROOM A (VENDORS SIDE OF THE FACILITY)
2:00 pm: (kids) Debbie Hayes: “Elf Ears and Hobbit Feet: how to apply your pointy ears and foot hair” (75 min, ends at 3:15pm) Elf Ears and Hobbit Feet: How to Apply your Pointy Ears and Foot Hair”
Learn how to glue on and remove latex pointy ears and how to apply makeup so they look more realistic. Observe good techniques for applying foot hair and keeping it on all day. Selected volunteers receive a free pair of pointy ears, or a foot-hair application.
5:00 pm – Laura Cooper – Tengwar I: History and Understanding of the Alphabet (75 min)
Have you ever looked longingly at the beautiful Tengwar script Tolkien created and wish you could understand it? Perhaps you want to learn to write your name in Tengwar or design your own tattoo. The first of a two part class, Friday’s session will walk you through a brief history, then cover every consonant, vowel, carrier and variation of Tengwar.
PROGRAM ROOM B (VENDORS SIDE OF THE FACILITY)
1:30 pm – Mike Foster – J.R.R. Tolkien & C.S. Lewis: A Fellowship of Two J.R.R. Tolkien & C.S. Lewis: A Fellowship of Two – (Mike Foster)
With their first meeting in Oxford May 11, 1926 these two writers and friends influenced each other’s lives and literature in ways great and small. This creative and critical “fellowship of two” was not without its differences, some profound and unresolved. This session will explore how each spurred the other on, with the result being some of the finest English fiction ever wrought.
3:00 pm- Costuming: Elves and Hobbits with Leah Jakusovzky, Kent Elofson and Danielle Smeltzer
The hobbit and elf costumes have quite a different look. Each race is easy to recognize – the grace of elves vs. the earthiness of the hobbits. However, the basic shape of the garments is very similar: the difference is in the detail. Learn the styles as well as pattern modification tricks, fabric and detailing tips to accomplish both looks.
4:15 pm- Katrelya Angus – Denethor and Eowyn: Despair, Disobedience, and Hope (90 min, ends at 5:45pm Denethor and Eowyn are two of the most compelling characters in Lord of the Rings. Their motivations, their struggles with despair, the consequences of their acts of disobedience, and the hope given to them by their hobbit squires Pippin and Merry will be explored. All of this changed the fate of Middle Earth.
PROGRAM ROOM A (VENDORS SIDE OF THE FACILITY)
11:00AM – Panel – “Bringing Sideshow Collectibles to Life: The Creative Process Behind Designing Lord of the Rings Figures.”
Participants: Heath Hammond, 3D Production Manager and Senior Designer – Scott Klauder, 3D Product Coordinator – Jared Chapman, Product Designer – moderated by Dusty Finn, Web Communications Coordinator
Description: Three key members of the Sideshow Collectibles 3D Development team are here to fill you in and answer your questions about the creative process behind bringing your favorite LOTR collectibles to life, from research and development to manufacturing. This is your chance to get up close and personal with these collectible works of art and the people who design them!
12:00 pm- (kids) Cynthia Cummens: Art for kids, and kids at heart: Simple lessons in drawing Middle-earth. Art for Kids, and Kids at Heart: Simple Lessons in Drawing Middle-earth – (Cynthia Cummins)
Hobbits, dragons and bears, oh my! No matter what your age or drawing ability, this session will teach you basic drawing tips and tricks you can use to bring your own visions of Middle-earth to life.
1:00 pm- Laura Cooper: Tengwar II: Writing and Reading Tengwar Writing and Reading Tengwar – (Laura Cooper)
This class builds on Friday’s session on the history and understanding of Tengwar. After a brief review of Friday’s material, the pen will hit the paper and you’ll be writing Tengwar before you know it! (An inexpensive calligraphy pen is recommended, but not required).
2:30 pm- Debbie Hayes: “Custom-made Pointy Ears: Live ear casting and sculpting demonstration” (90 mins., ends at 4pm Creating custom prosthetics is a long process. See a live demonstration of the first two steps: creating a plaster model of a person’s ear, and using oil-based clay to sculpt the pointy shape on top of the plaster ear cast.
PROGRAM ROOM B (VENDORS SIDE OF THE FACILITY)
11:00 am- Anne Petty – Tolkien’s Short Fiction: Gems of Humor and Style Tolkien’s Short Fiction: Gems of Humor and Style – (Anne Petty)
In addition to “The Lord of the Rings,” Tolkien published shorter works throughout his life. Thought-provoking as well as entertaining, these stories contain a wealth of satire, allegory and that special tongue-in-cheek Tolkien humor we all love. If you’ve read them, come and learn more about their wonderful nuances; if you haven’t, come and learn why you should!
12:00 pm- Costuming: “Taking That First Stitch: Getting Started in Lord of the Rings Costuming” By Judy Grivich, Leah Jakusovzky, Danielle Smeltzer, Kent Elofson and AJ Wu.
So you want to get started in costuming? If you’ve never sewn or hardly sewn, don’t worry! Creating costumes may sound scary, but it really isn’t; it just takes a bit of imagination and a willingness to try new things. Learn the beginner’s dos and don’ts, and overcome the fear of that first trip to the fabric store, scrounging thrift shops, and entering your first masquerade.
1:00 pm- Greg Wright – “Sometimes a film may say best what’s to be said: A Critique of Tolkien & Lewis Opinions of Film.”
Have you ever wished you could sit down with either Tolkien or Lewis after watching the Lord of the Rings or Narnia movies and discuss it with them? Would they have approved of the recent film adaptations of their works? Join us for a review of Tolkien’s and Lewis’ rather harsh opinions about the art form of film.
3:00 pm- Panel – “From page to screen: The Lord of the Rings vs. The Chronicles of Narnia” – How Well did Each Story Translate to the Screen? Greg Wright (moderator) Mike Foster, Katrelya Angus, Lynnette Porter, Alison Baird, Peter S. Beagle. (90 min., end at 4:30 pm)
Peter Jackson and Andrew Adamson helped create some of the most popular movies in the history of film. This panel of Tolkien and Lewis experts will discuss the challenges each director faced, and where each succeed and failed in staying true to the stories and characters so many of us have come to love.
4:30 pm- Amy Sturgis – “The Middle-earth – Hogwarts connection: How J.R.R. Tolkien answers the Harry Potter question.”
The popular media today shows confusion about whether the Harry Potter series is actually for adults or children; likewise for The Lord of the Rings. The answer rests in Tolkien’s own definition of fairy-stories, so eloquently expressed in his essay, “On Fairy Stories.” Explore how Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings fulfills his definition and how the Harry Potter series fits into its tradition.
5:30 pm – Panel – “The Stewardship of the Valar”. Mike Foster, Amy Sturgis, Katrelya Angus, Anne Petty.
Eru created Middle-earth from the breathtaking music of the Valar, entrusted it to their keeping, and everything went downhill from there! Join our panel in discussing what the Valar did right and what they did wrong in guiding the fates of the people of Middle-earth.
PROGRAM ROOM A (VENDORS SIDE OF THE FACILITY)
12:00 pm- (kids)Michael Bilach – Singing Gandalf –
Sing along with Gandalf as he brings Middle-earth to life with song and guitar.
5:00 pm- Laura Cooper – Dwarf Runes I: The Alphabet, Reading and Writing Dwarf runes: The Alphabet, Reading and Writing – (Laura Cooper)
Have you ever tried to decipher the runes on the title pages of The Lord of the Rings or from the Chamber of Mazarbul? They really do make sense and are easier to understand than you think!
This hands-on class will teach you how to read and write with the best of Durin’s folk!
PROGRAM ROOM B (VENDORS SIDE OF THE FACILITY)
11:00 am- All About Armor! By Judy Grivich, Leah Jakusovzky, Danielle Smeltzer, Kent Elofson and AJ Wu.
Interested in learning about creating the amazing armor in Lord of the Rings? This panel will cover a wide variety of armor making methods including craft foam, paper mache, fiber glassing and PVC chain mail.
Learn how to use accessible and cheap materials to simulate metal and leather and how the movie industry uses plastics.
12:00 pm- Panel – “Which characters in the Lord of the Rings films came closest to Tolkien?” Peter S. Beagle, Greg Wright, Katrelya Angus, Mike Foster.
Love Boromir, hate Faramir? When it comes to Peter Jackson’s depictions of our beloved Tolkien characters there is no lack of strong opinions. Discuss which characters in the recent movies captured the essence of what Tolkien intended, and where creative license perhaps went too far.
1:00 pm- The ‘Gift of Men’: A blessing or curse? How the various people of Middle-earth view and handle death. Greg Wright, Amy Sturgis, Lynette Porter, Alison Baird.
In his letters, Tolkien described ‘death’ as one of the primary themes of The Lord of the Rings. Immortality, faith, reincarnation and mysticism are interwoven throughout Tolkien’s mythology as part of this theme. This in-depth discussion looks at why Tolkien portrayed death as a gift, and how it was viewed by the various mortal and immortal races of Middle-earth.
3:00 pm- Panel – “Tolkien and the Fates: A discussion of Free-will and pre-destination in Lord of the Rings.” Greg Wright, Mike Foster, Amy Sturgis, Lynnette Porter
Did “The Precious” really make Gollum do it? Was Bilbo really “meant to find the Ring?” How much did free will vs. pre-destination guide the events that shaped the outcome of the War of the Ring? Join our panel in discussing this fun and interesting topic and see what side of the issue you end up on.
4:00 pm- Panel – Pictures painted with words: Visions of Middle-earth inspired by Tolkien’s prose. Colleen Doran, Cynthia Cummens, Daniel Reeve and Tim Kirk. (90 min., ends at 5:30pm, show and tell at end) Each of us treasures our own visions of what Middle-earth and its characters look like. The talented artists on this panel have bravely and lovingly translated their visions into realities. In this session, they share what inspired them the most and what challenged them the most in creating art from Tolkien’s beautiful, but sometimes obscure prose.