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TORn joins media frenzy leading up to ‘Hobbit’ world premiere

WELLINGTON — Our story so far: On behalf of TheOneRing.net, I was invited by Warner Bros., supported by the good folks in Peter Jackson’s camp, to come to Wellington and relate the experience of the World Premiere of The Hobbit to fans worldwide. This is a personal thrill for me but I feel also the responsibility to convey as much of the experience as possible to TORn readers and everybody who cannot come. It is 5 a.m. in Wellington on HOBBIT: An Unexpected Journey premiere day. (More photos after the red carpet so we don’t bog down the site.) (more…)

Posted in Fans, Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Lectures & Education, Lord of the Rings, Premieres, Richard Taylor, The Hobbit, Wellington

The view from Hobbitcon: Comic-Con round-up July 11

From all accounts, Hobbitcon has started with a massive bang. In particular, images we’ve seen of the WETA booth over in San Diego are just amazing.

Carven statues of dwarves, massive, replica props in stunning detail, eight-foot-tall trolls, life-size lego renditions of Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Wizard plus 3D posters of the main cast — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

TORn’s booths are proving really popular with fans, too. If you’re going, and have been thinking of grabbing a t-shirt of a badge, let me just say that you better act fast — they are going like hot-cakes!

I can’t cope with giant crowds, and I’m starting to wish I was there! So, read on for a slightly madcap round-up of the Hobbitcon frenzy including just about every link or photo that I can find! (more…)

Posted in ComicCon, Conventions, Events, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise

Sir Ian McKellen Blogs From Middle-earth

Fans will recall that prior to Peter Jackson’s coming down with that nasty stomach ulcer earlier this month (the man’s doing fine now, bless him!), filming of The Hobbit was supposed to begin on 14th February 2011, with Ian McKellen’s first day of filming due yesterday, 21st February 2011.

So it only makes sense that with the films’ official start date now pushed to 21st March 2011, the Grey Wizard is EARLY! He consequently took the time today to make his first blog post ‘From the middle of Middle Earth‘ in a neat little section titled Notes from Imladris on his official website. Excerpts follow:

I hadn’t intended last Thursday to arrive in Wellington for The Hobbit filming, five weeks early. Yet, what’s new? Just a year ago I had expected to start shooting in July 2010, with Guillermo del Toro in charge… A year on, filming was to start at the end of February 2011. Then, Peter Jackson had his stomach operation. The insurance company has insisted on five weeks recuperation. Which is why, yet again, I’m here early. Waiting for Bilbo.

In related news, our friend Jack who lives down in New Zealand has updated his ‘Noldor Blog‘ with an interesting post. Between running into Sir Richard Taylor and Peter Lyon, he also ran into none other than Andy Serkis this last Saturday night at a diner in Wellington.

Looks like the place is abuzz with activity with The Hobbit shoot now less than a month away!

Posted in Andy Serkis, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Other Crew, Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, Rumors Spy News

WETA Returns to Middle-earth

WETA logoFrom the folks at WETA: We are delighted to announce our new license with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to create a new range of the most authentic, fine art collectibles and memorabilia based on The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. This range is designed and created by the same Academy Award-winning artists who worked on the movie trilogy.

We have patiently waited for the opportunity to offer the most authentic replicas you could ever hope to find. The wait is over; it has been four long years since Weta last released any new collectibles from The Lord of the Rings. (more…)

Posted in Collectibles, Merchandise, WETA Cave, WETA Workshop

Weta’s Jane and the Dragon day, January 16

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 More

Posted in Events, Other Events, Props, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

Movie Mayhem at the Royal Armouries this Summer

Royale Armouries Logo This summer the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds will be showcasing the weapons and armour from some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters of recent years including The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (the second instalment, Prince Caspian opened in the UK 26 June).

Craftsman-made by the world-famous, Oscar-winning WETA workshops in Wellington, New Zealand, many of the 230+ props have never been displayed in public before. The free exhibition Arms and Armour from the Movies: The Wonderful World of WETA (*see ‘notes to editors’) opens 12 July (daily 10am – 5pm) and runs until 16 November – it will be the only opportunity for movie buffs and the general public to see these exquisite items in the UK. (more…)

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Royal Armouries Goes To The Movies

Royal ArmouryThis summer the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds will be showcasing the weapons and armour from some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters of recent years including The Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (the second installment, Prince Caspian opens in the UK 26 June). (more…)

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Weta Cave’s “Narnia Day” set for Sunday

NarniaDayWeta recently opened its “Weta Cave” to give visitors something cool to see when they make the journey to the gentle neighborhood in Wellington where one of the world’s most important film special effects houses sits. I visited the Cave a few weeks before it officially opened and believe me, I felt like I was walking sacred movie-production ground. This Sunday the already must-visit destination is the site of a pretty incredible afternoon celebrating the New Zealand release of “Prince Caspian.” (more…)

Posted in Events, Exhibits, Lectures & Education, New Zealand, Richard Taylor, WETA Workshop

New Weapons Doco Out Soon

Ever wanted to lead an army? Or just pretend for a day that you were King Theoden from LOTR? Well, lucky you because I can reveal that soon you will be able to re-live the trilogy in a new documentary coming out later this year, called ‘Reclaiming The Blade’. Just last week, the crew from RTB popped into the Workshop to talk to Richard and our Senior Swordsmith, Peter Lyon about the making of the weapons for the LOTR trilogy, The Last Samurai and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. [More]

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One ‘Dork’ Movie To Rule Them All

South Bend, IN September 2006 — It’s “One spoof to rule them all! according to Peter Lyon who designed and created the hero swords for Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” film trilogy.

The ambitious parody movie “The Dork of the Rings”, which was produced in the Michiana area and is being heralded internationally, will be shown on the I.U.S.B. campus in Wiekamp Hall, Room 1001 on Saturday, September 23 – 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, September 24 – 2:00 p.m.; Friday, October 6 – 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, October 7 – 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, October 8 – 2:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00 at the door. [More]

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One ‘Dork’ Movie To Rule Them All

South Bend, IN September 2006 — It’s “One spoof to rule them all! according to Peter Lyon who designed and created the hero swords for Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” film trilogy.

The ambitious parody movie “The Dork of the Rings”, which was produced in the Michiana area and is being heralded internationally, will be shown on the I.U.S.B. campus in Wiekamp Hall, Room 1001 on Saturday, September 23 – 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, September 24 – 2:00 p.m.; Friday, October 6 – 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, October 7 – 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, October 8 – 2:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00 at the door.

The 100-minute film was produced in Indiana and Michigan over the last two and a half years by director Tim Richardson and his company Richardson Productions LLC in conjunction with Somehow Cinema. Richardson grew up in Granger, Indiana, is a current resident of Edwardsburg, Michigan and an I.U.S.B. alumnus. The screenings are sponsored by the I.U.S.B. Alumni Association. More information about the film can be found at www.dorkoftherings.com.

The story revolves around a young Throbbit, Frudo Buggins, who must stop the insidious Dork-mart corporation from taking over Muddle-earth with its endless franchises. The only way to do this is to deliver the One Ring of Circular Credit to Bank Boom to close Lord Mauron’s account and stop the evil empire from spreading. Pursued by Nosedrools and Sporks, Frudo is joined by his plump companion Ham, Randolf the Wizard, Gimpi the Dweeb, Legoblocks the Elfis, Arogant the Rangler, Princess Femowen and the annoying creature Scrottum.

The film held its World Premiere and two other screenings this August at the enormous GenCon convention in Indianapolis to packed audiences and a few weeks later it graced the big screen at the IMAX in Indianapolis, which was organized by Woodworks films. “The film is huge in its scope,” says filmmaker Gary Wood. “It’s not your normal low-budget, independent movie. It’s the perfect example of what you can accomplish if you don’t limit your vision to what you think you can accomplish and, rather, just go about accomplishing your vision–and limitations be damned!”

Over half the film was shot against a giant green screen sound stage Richardson’s crew constructed themselves. The post-production art team consisted of around 30 artists including digital artists, matte painters, sculptors, graphic designers, illustrators, animators and costume designers.

Michael Kouroubetes who co-wrote, produced, and acted in the film says, “It was kinda’ like a bonsai tree: looks great, but it takes a lot of patience to grow. We owe so much to ever evolving consumer level technology. Without the advent of terrific software and faster PC’s, this movie would’ve cost hundred’s of thousands more to make.”

Art Coordinator Ian Strandberg created many of the digital backgrounds and offered input to the wide variety of artists working on the project. “The task of making FX for ‘The Dork of the Rings’ is not about fooling the audience. Most audiences are too sophisticated to be hornswoggled by the likes of us. Rather, I look at the dork FX first as a matter of entertainment and second as a matter of suggesting that no matter how crazy something seems, it can be sold as a stylistic choice and not an anomaly of artistic temperament.”

The scriptwriting process began in January 2004 and the 18 days of principle photography followed that summer and fall. During the long post-production process, which included not only the digital effects but also re-dubbing all the actors’ voices and creating foley and sound effects, the cast and crew were also busy marketing the film.

The Dorks first traveled to TolCon in Seattle in 2005 where they previewed the film and also met Elijah Wood’s scale and stunt double from the trilogy, Kiran Shah, who they were able to recruit to do a comical introduction for the movie where he claims he auditioned for “Dork” but was rejected as the lead actor’s stunt double because he was “too tall.” Shah has been in many films and was seen most recently as the White Queen’s sleigh driver in “The Chronicles of Narnia.”

Since Tolcon, they’ve previewed behind the scenes footage and clips from the film at GenCon, Ring*Con in Germany, Dragon*Con in Atlanta, The Fellowship Festival in Toronto, ELF I & II in Orlando and New York and The One Ring Celebration in Pasadena just to name a few. At these conventions they’ve met with sword maker Peter Lyon and actors Sean Astin, John Rhys-Davies and Elijah Wood and talked up their dorky movie. Lyon gladly agreed to send copies of the movie directly to Weta Workshop head honcho Richard Taylor and hopefully director Peter Jackson himself.

Speaking of directors, in order to assist with the promoting of “Dork” the film’s “co-director” Jack Peterson (with his large girth, fuzzy beard and huge round glasses) has been making the rounds at these events interviewing stars such as Justin Long (“Accepted”), David Prowse (“Star Wars”) and Doc Hammer (“Venture Bros.”) for his online video reports. By shear brute force, he has pushed his way into semi-celebritydom, even appearing as a special guest on a Tolkien panel with Shah. ” You simply can’t miss me, ” say Peterson. “Elijah Wood told me I was awesome, and at over 300 pounds, he’s quite right.”

“The Dork of the Rings” was recently one of only three feature films to be selected for Dragon*Con in Atlanta, the country’s largest Sci-fi/fantasy/horror/pop culture convention held over Labor Day weekend. The film’s own Randolf the Wizard was a huge attraction at the event, garnering the actor numerous television and print interviews during his visit.

Now that he’s famous, actor David Kiefer who plays the doddering wizard Randolf says: “I can’t even eat a ham sandwich without someone coming up to me.” He’s been a big hit at all the conventions and his costume won him and his Indianapolis-based designer Janice Bennett the Staff Choice Award at GenCon 2005 in the costume competition.

Over 150 actors and crew came from all over to help on the film: Chicago, Peoria, Indianapolis, Louisville and all around South Bend. “Everyone was very excited about this project and I think they all had an awesome time on the set. It was cool to not have to worry about whether anyone was going to show up or not, as can be the cast in making indie movies where folks work for free, but everyone was very dedicated so I feel very blessed,” says Richardson.

Their original soundtrack was created by veteran film composer Mark D’Errico from Colorado whose score definitely captures the “Rings” flavor. They also recruited The Great Luke Ski to do a theme song for the movie. Ski is a Wisconsin-based comedy song performer who has been Dr. Demento’s most requested artist since 2000 and is best known for his hit song “Stealing Like a Hobbit,” a parody of Eminem’s “Cleanin’ Out My Closet.”

Pre-orders for the DVD have been pouring in at studio-style pace. The Dorks plan to enter the film in festivals and screen it at as many conventions as possible worldwide and their first scheduled international engagement is in Germany this November.

Just what Europe needs: More American Dorks.

Posted in Conventions, Headlines, Old Special Reports

Dork of the Rings cast at Tolcon

Dork of the Rings cast at Tolcon 2005
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Tim Richardson, Director of “The Dork of the Rings” writes: After weeks of mind-numbing preparation, my follow dorks and I descended on Seattle for their annual Tolkien convention May 13-15, 2005.

We appeared as Special Guests and ran two panel discussions on the making of THE DORK OF THE RINGS. We also had a promotional booth where we ran video clips and people could be harassed by characters from the movie including Randolf, Frudo, Martha the Steward and a Nosedrool. We also premiered our finished trailer at their FanFilm Exhibition.

Those who made the trip with me included Ian Strandberg (Art Coordinator), Justus Post (A.D./Audio Engineer), James Pickens (Producer/Technical Director), Michael Kouroubetes (Writer/Producer), Bryce Cone (Frudo), David Kiefer (Randolf) and Kay Eller (Martha the Steward).

We got to hobnob with a variety of fans of THE LORD OF THE RINGS and our Nosedrool’s large proboscis attracted the attention of three lovely young Canadian girls. Randolf also attempted to convince the door woman outside the $50 a plate Feast of Rohan to dump some hobbit stew in his wizard’s hat but to no avail.

There were several Guests of Honor who we got to chat with including Kirin Shah who was Elijah Wood’s scale double throughout the trilogy. It was pretty cool to be able to snap a photo of him chatting it up with our Frudo-words can’t describe it-.it was like some strange real-world/movie-world dimensional overlap where the parody Frodo meets the real life Frodo body double. My head hurts.

Peter Lyon was wonderful to meet and chit chat with. He designed and built many of the “hero swords” for the trilogy and continues to work for the WETA workshop in New Zealand. He got a real kick out of our movie and we gave him an autographed DOTR shirt and promo CD to take back to show Richard Taylor and the gang. So who knows-maybe Peterson Jackson himself will hear about our production. We look forward to the lawsuit

A special “thank you” goes to Rebekah Washington (who arranged our appearance at the event) and all her staff. We enjoyed infesting your terrific event with our lovable dorkness. Hope to see you again next year!

Visit www.dorkoftherings.com

Posted in Old Special Reports