The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring [2001]

  • The Fellowship Of The Ring
  • Uruk-hai touch-ups
  • Frodo
  • High Elven weapons
  • Legolas's Weapons
  • Elven Armour
  • Elven Armour Detail
  • Filthy Orcsies
  • Cave Troll maquette
  • Balrog Maquette
  • Building Orthanc
  • The Fellowship Of The Ring theatrical trailer

Size DOES matter

Scale was one of the less evident, but nonetheless crucial, issues to be tackled in making the films. It is easy to forget that half the core cast were shot at a different scale to the others, necessitating the perfect replication of almost every item in at least two different sizes.

Here are a few clips from The Fellowship Of The Ring:

Clip I - Crows in the caverns

Clip II - Sauron

Clip III - The Watcher In The Water


Few projects have ever presented a special effects company with the kind of creative opportunities that could match those of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. With Weta Workshop having signed on to handle an unprecedented number of departments including prosthetics, miniatures, design, creatures, armour and weapons, there was the chance to very strongly shape the visual flavour of the films.

48,000 items

Over the course of the entire trilogy, Weta made over 48 000 individual items in all, among them 10,000 prosthetic facial appliances, over 3,500 pairs of Hobbit feet, 2 500 foam body suits, 1,200 suits of armour, 2,000 weapons and 10,000 arrows. 72 miniatures were built to visualise the epic scaled environments and cities of Middle-earth. Filling entire soundstages, some of these were so large that the term miniatures just didn't seem appropriate, necessitating the coining of 'bigatures' to more accurately describe them.

It was Weta's goal to bring a seamless design aesthetic to all the departments the company touched, thereby reinforcing the reality and cohesiveness of the world of Middle-earth. To that end, the various armies and creatures of The Fellowship of the Ring, while each having their own style, still retained a unifying flavour that pervaded everything that Weta built for the films; from the Elven and Gondorian armour to creatures like the Watcher in the Water, Balrog and Cave Troll; from the graceful lines of Rivendell or Caras Galadhon to the brutal simplicity of the Orcs; or any of the weapons carried by the nine members of the Fellowship.

Among the more memorable creations Weta produced for The Fellowship of the Ring was Sauron's impressive black armour seen in the prologue sequence. Sauron's armour was hand beaten out of steel and shaped and etched just as it would have been in medieval times.

Light-weight castings were then made from moulds taken off this original steel suit. It was a process applied to almost all the armour and weaponry Weta made for the three films, which ensured that even synthetic stunt armour had all the textures and details of an original hand made item.



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