The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King [2003]

1997-2003

The Return of the King was the climax of the trilogy, in which the experiences and skills of all the players were brought to bear in the most extreme of conditions and put to the greatest test. Again, the story was an appropriate metaphor for the process that was undertaken behind the scenes as well. The prosthetic requirements for the final round of pickup photography for The Return of the King saw Weta create as many prosthetic pieces again as had been produced for the entire trilogy up to that point. Huge battles were staged, featuring countless extras and a number of leads all wearing Weta armour, and some of the most elaborate and beautiful miniatures debuted. The Corsair ship was one such miniature, a long, intimidating looking vessel upon which several Weta crew also had their cameos as pirates. Under the watchful eye of a pirate who bears a strong resemblance to the films' director, Weta founder Richard Taylor and Prosthetics Supervisor Gino Acevedo can be spotted loading a ballista for battle.

The ghostly Army of the Dead, achieved by way of a cunning blend of both digital and physical make-up effects, swept into battle against the mighty Mûmakil while overhead the skies were ruled by the Fell Beasts. Armies of armour-clad extras fought in front of a huge Mûmak carcass fashioned in the Workshop that was large enough to house the entire onset crew within its vast frame.

 


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Nayberg
11/03/10
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Amazing

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Haydenrocks123
29/10/12
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Perfect

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