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  • Westermeyer GS11 Paul W
    I just saw the Hobbit trailer. :( I don t think I recognized 3 seconds worth of authentic Tolkien in it. This is a sad, sad day. :( Paul Westermeyer
    Message 1 of 17 , Sep 19, 2012
      I just saw the Hobbit trailer. :( I don't think I recognized 3 seconds worth of authentic Tolkien in it. This is a sad, sad day. :(


      Paul Westermeyer
      paul.westermeyer@...

      "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."
      J. R. R. Tolkien, _The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring_
    • James Curcio
      People are going to argue endlessly about what true Tolkien is. I must say it doesn t match my imagination of it either from what little I ve seen so far, but
      Message 2 of 17 , Sep 19, 2012

        People are going to argue endlessly about what true Tolkien is. I must say it doesn't match my imagination of it either from what little I've seen so far, but I also see it as an interpretation of a story, and so honestly it isn't about my imagination of what the story is much less what tolkiens might have been while creating it. I think the people at weta did an amazing job bringing the visual/art direction side of lord of rings to life... The script aside.
        I imagine the same will ultimately be true with the Hobbit. And of course a lot of the things die hard fans will complain over will have been inserted into the post process as a result of the input of first audiences and executives and all the committees involved in making something like this. The Hobbit has suffered under some weird circumstances in production also that may effect the end result, its hard to say.

        But I know that when I go to watch it I'll be putting all that aside and finding some enjoyment in it, in the fact that it got made at all in an industry supported by a mainstream that prefers reality TV and celebrity gossip. That fantasy and also sci fi both have become mainstream as well is of course both a blessing and a curse, but I'm happy that a new generation will be introduced to the story, and might even go out and read the book after when they never would have otherwise.

        Honestly, my experience of the Hobbit is all about my childhood. It was the first book I ever read along with LOTR, I was thought learning disabled before that and jumped almost overnight to college level. It caught my imagination. When I went to reread the Hobbit recently I had to stop because I am so different than I was in third grade...I can't find the enjoyment in it that I did then. In a way that makes it better if the movie is something a bit different, and that I look at it as something different, because even the book itself isn't what it was for me 25 years ago.

        Just my $.02

        JC

        On Sep 19, 2012 3:13 PM, "Westermeyer GS11 Paul W" <paul.westermeyer@...> wrote:
         

        I just saw the Hobbit trailer. :( I don't think I recognized 3 seconds worth of authentic Tolkien in it. This is a sad, sad day. :(

        Paul Westermeyer
        paul.westermeyer@...

        "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."
        J. R. R. Tolkien, _The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring_

      • David Bratman
        The new trailer (well, new to me, anyway) shows Thror s map for about three seconds near the beginning; is that the authentic Tolkien you were referring to? In
        Message 3 of 17 , Sep 19, 2012
          The new trailer (well, new to me, anyway) shows Thror's map for about three
          seconds near the beginning; is that the authentic Tolkien you were referring
          to?

          In the movie's defense, the earlier trailer (the one beginning with Ian
          Holm's old Bilbo reminiscing to Frodo) included the singing of six authentic
          Tolkien lines from the song "Far over the misty mountains cold," and spent
          over 50 seconds on it.

          If we're down to measuring authentic Tolkien by the second in 2.5-minute
          trailers, that's an enormous hunk of authenticity. I'm not apologizing for
          the lapses, but I want my criticisms to be scrupulously fair.



          ----- Original Message -----
          From: "Westermeyer GS11 Paul W" <paul.westermeyer@...>
          To: <mythsoc@yahoogroups.com>
          Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 12:11 PM
          Subject: [mythsoc] Hobbit trailer


          >I just saw the Hobbit trailer. :( I don't think I recognized 3 seconds
          >worth of authentic Tolkien in it. This is a sad, sad day. :(
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          > Paul Westermeyer
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          > "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."
          > J. R. R. Tolkien, _The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring_
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        • WendellWag@aol.com
          I think the people at WETA largely stole the visual side of the Peter Jackson movies of The Lord of the Rings from the 40-year tradition of fan art which
          Message 4 of 17 , Sep 19, 2012
            I think the people at WETA largely stole the visual side of the Peter Jackson movies of The Lord of the Rings from the 40-year tradition of fan art which preceded the movies.  They compensated some of these artists by hiring them to do various artistic things for the films.  They didn't compensate others of them at all.
             
            Wendell Wagner
             
            In a message dated 9/19/2012 3:42:45 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, jamescurcio@... writes:
            I think the people at weta did an amazing job bringing the visual/art direction side of lord of rings to life
          • Bill West
            Actually, the at work is from Alan Lee and John Howe who are professional artists who ve done the artwork for editions of the books and the calendars. I m
            Message 5 of 17 , Sep 19, 2012
              Actually, the at work is from Alan Lee and John Howe who are professional artists
              who've done the artwork for editions of the books and the calendars.

              I 'm looking forward to the Hobbit movies.

              Bill West

              On Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 12:09 AM, <WendellWag@...> wrote:
               

              I think the people at WETA largely stole the visual side of the Peter Jackson movies of The Lord of the Rings from the 40-year tradition of fan art which preceded the movies.  They compensated some of these artists by hiring them to do various artistic things for the films.  They didn't compensate others of them at all.
               
              Wendell Wagner
               
              In a message dated 9/19/2012 3:42:45 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, jamescurcio@... writes:
              I think the people at weta did an amazing job bringing the visual/art direction side of lord of rings to life


            • Mich
              when I whent to the Gathering of The Fellowship back in 2006 I almost got to meet Alan Lee. I to am looking forwerd to the Hobbett Movies. from Mich. ... From:
              Message 6 of 17 , Sep 19, 2012
                when I whent to the Gathering of The Fellowship back in 2006 I almost got to meet Alan Lee. I to am looking forwerd to the Hobbett Movies. from Mich.
                ----- Original Message -----
                From: Bill West
                Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2012 12:23 AM
                Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Hobbit trailer

                 

                Actually, the at work is from Alan Lee and John Howe who are professional artists
                who've done the artwork for editions of the books and the calendars.

                I 'm looking forward to the Hobbit movies.

                Bill West

                On Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 12:09 AM, <WendellWag@...> wrote:
                 

                I think the people at WETA largely stole the visual side of the Peter Jackson movies of The Lord of the Rings from the 40-year tradition of fan art which preceded the movies.  They compensated some of these artists by hiring them to do various artistic things for the films.  They didn't compensate others of them at all.
                 
                Wendell Wagner
                 
                In a message dated 9/19/2012 3:42:45 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, jamescurcio@... writes:
                I think the people at weta did an amazing job bringing the visual/art direction side of lord of rings to life


              • WendellWag@aol.com
                Which is what I said. They compensated some of the artists whose artistic visions of Tolkien they used. Others they didn t. Wendell Wagner In a message
                Message 7 of 17 , Sep 19, 2012
                  Which is what I said.  They compensated some of the artists whose artistic visions of Tolkien they used.  Others they didn't.
                   
                  Wendell Wagner
                   
                  In a message dated 9/20/2012 12:24:03 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, billwest48@... writes:
                  Actually, the at work is from Alan Lee and John Howe who are professional artists
                • David Bratman
                  Wow, you guys are really determined to turn me into a Jackson-defender. Alan Lee and John Howe (besides being professionals and not fan artists, which is
                  Message 8 of 17 , Sep 19, 2012
                    Wow, you guys are really determined to turn me into a Jackson-defender.

                    Alan Lee and John Howe (besides being professionals and not fan artists,
                    which is beside the point) didn't have their work stolen and then
                    compensated for by being hired "to do various artistic things." They were
                    in on the project as conceptual artists from an early stage. The movies
                    look like their work because they designed the movies.

                    As for other artists, I can't offhand thing of any other Tolkien artists,
                    fan or pro, whose work the movies' visual style strongly resembles, except
                    in a general way. (Dramatic mountains are going to look like dramatic
                    mountains no matter who draws them; pseudo-medieval traveling clothes all
                    have a vague resemblance; Tolkien's descriptions of Bag End or Gollum are
                    enough to guide many, though far from all, artists in a specific general
                    direction; etc.)



                    ----- Original Message -----
                    From: <WendellWag@...>
                    To: <mythsoc@yahoogroups.com>
                    Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 9:09 PM
                    Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Hobbit trailer


                    >I think the people at WETA largely stole the visual side of the Peter
                    > Jackson movies of The Lord of the Rings from the 40-year tradition of fan
                    > art
                    > which preceded the movies. They compensated some of these artists by
                    > hiring
                    > them to do various artistic things for the films. They didn't compensate
                    > others of them at all.
                    >
                    > Wendell Wagner
                    >
                    >
                    > In a message dated 9/19/2012 3:42:45 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
                    > jamescurcio@... writes:
                    >
                    > I think the people at weta did an amazing job bringing the visual/art
                    > direction side of lord of rings to life
                    >
                  • John D Rateliff
                    Hi Wendell Certainly there s a long tradition of both fan and professional art, w plenty good and bad on both sides of that divide. Can you suggest some
                    Message 9 of 17 , Sep 20, 2012
                      Hi Wendell

                      Certainly there's a long tradition of both fan and professional art, w plenty good and bad on both sides of that divide. Can you suggest some examples of earlier fan art you think Jackson et al have drawn on? 

                      Yrs,
                      John R.
                      -----Original Message-----
                      From: WendellWag@...
                      Sent: Sep 20, 2012 5:09 AM
                      To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com
                      Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Hobbit trailer



                      I think the people at WETA largely stole the visual side of the Peter Jackson movies of The Lord of the Rings from the 40-year tradition of fan art which preceded the movies.  They compensated some of these artists by hiring them to do various artistic things for the films.  They didn't compensate others of them at all.
                       
                      Wendell Wagner
                       
                      In a message dated 9/19/2012 3:42:45 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, jamescurcio@... writes:
                      I think the people at weta did an amazing job bringing the visual/art direction side of lord of rings to life


                    • James Curcio
                      Life s tough in the aluminum siding business.
                      Message 10 of 17 , Sep 20, 2012

                        Life's tough in the aluminum siding business.

                        On Sep 20, 2012 12:09 AM, <WendellWag@...> wrote:
                         

                        I think the people at WETA largely stole the visual side of the Peter Jackson movies of The Lord of the Rings from the 40-year tradition of fan art which preceded the movies.  They compensated some of these artists by hiring them to do various artistic things for the films.  They didn't compensate others of them at all.
                         
                        Wendell Wagner
                         
                        In a message dated 9/19/2012 3:42:45 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, jamescurcio@... writes:
                        I think the people at weta did an amazing job bringing the visual/art direction side of lord of rings to life
                      • Westermeyer GS11 Paul W
                        ... I was employing a rhetorical technique, I didn t actually freeze frame or count seconds. I was referring to the fact that almost none of the dialogue in
                        Message 11 of 17 , Sep 20, 2012
                          > Posted by: "David Bratman" dbratman@... dbratman1
                          > Date: Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:48 pm ((PDT))
                          >
                          > The new trailer (well, new to me, anyway) shows Thror's map for about three
                          > seconds near the beginning; is that the authentic Tolkien you were
                          > referring to?

                          I was employing a rhetorical technique, I didn't actually freeze frame or count seconds. I was referring to the fact that almost none of the dialogue in the trailer was actually from the Hobbit, and parts that were from the Hobbit were shifted and used oddly (Bilbo speaking some of the descriptive text as if it were dialogue, for example).

                          I'm afraid the general trajectory of the films will continue. Fellowship was, Imo, the best of the films and it was the film most true to the source. Each film after that drew further and further from the source material, as Jackson began to feel empowered by the film success to corrupt the source material. I'm worried these will shift even more in that direction. :(


                          Paul Westermeyer
                          paul.westermeyer@...

                          "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."
                          J. R. R. Tolkien, _The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring_
                        • James Curcio
                          As I m sure you knew, Jackson didn t want to direct the Hobbit. But he did jump in when it was clear the production might be endangered if he didn t. I don t
                          Message 12 of 17 , Sep 20, 2012

                            As I'm sure you knew, Jackson didn't want to direct the Hobbit. But he did jump in when it was clear the production might be endangered if he didn't. I don't know. I really try to avoid the sour grapes effect. But that's just me. I'm not saying I'm happy with everything, but as I said previously, I don't think it is an easy job. No matter how they approach production they are going to piss off or alienate someone (or some many ones.) It comes down to what will make the most profit, in theory, and that is more coming from the studio than the director.

                            J

                            On Sep 20, 2012 9:00 AM, "Westermeyer GS11 Paul W" <paul.westermeyer@...> wrote:
                             

                            > Posted by: "David Bratman" dbratman@... dbratman1
                            > Date: Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:48 pm ((PDT))
                            >
                            > The new trailer (well, new to me, anyway) shows Thror's map for about three
                            > seconds near the beginning; is that the authentic Tolkien you were
                            > referring to?

                            I was employing a rhetorical technique, I didn't actually freeze frame or count seconds. I was referring to the fact that almost none of the dialogue in the trailer was actually from the Hobbit, and parts that were from the Hobbit were shifted and used oddly (Bilbo speaking some of the descriptive text as if it were dialogue, for example).

                            I'm afraid the general trajectory of the films will continue. Fellowship was, Imo, the best of the films and it was the film most true to the source. Each film after that drew further and further from the source material, as Jackson began to feel empowered by the film success to corrupt the source material. I'm worried these will shift even more in that direction. :(

                            Paul Westermeyer
                            paul.westermeyer@...

                            "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."
                            J. R. R. Tolkien, _The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring_

                          • David Bratman
                            ... That was true of the LOTR films as well. Chunks of dialogue actually from the book, as opposed to loosely paraphrased, stood out like little nuggets. ...
                            Message 13 of 17 , Sep 20, 2012
                              "Westermeyer GS11 Paul W" <paul.westermeyer@...> worte:

                              > I was referring to the fact that almost none of the dialogue in the
                              > trailer was actually
                              > from the Hobbit,

                              That was true of the LOTR films as well. Chunks of dialogue actually from
                              the book, as opposed to loosely paraphrased, stood out like little nuggets.

                              > and parts that were from the Hobbit were shifted and used oddly (Bilbo
                              > speaking some
                              > of the descriptive text as if it were dialogue, for example).

                              Treating the narrator of The Hobbit as Bilbo's voice has a very long
                              tradition, a tradition extending back as far as The Lord of the Rings.
                              "That house," LOTR says of Rivendell, "was, as Bilbo had long ago reported,"
                              and then it quotes (slightly reworded, but only slightly) from the narration
                              of The Hobbit.

                              > I'm afraid the general trajectory of the films will continue. Fellowship
                              > was, Imo, the best of
                              > the films and it was the film most true to the source. Each film after
                              > that drew further and
                              > further from the source material, as Jackson began to feel empowered by
                              > the film success
                              > to corrupt the source material.

                              My opinion is different on several grounds. As a movie by itself, divorced
                              from the source material, I liked #2 best; it was the most coherent. I
                              cannot think of any grounds on which it makes sense to say that #1 was "most
                              true to the source"; it's a little like discussing which malignant dictator
                              was the least genocidal. And it's not even true that Jackson felt more
                              empowered to corrupt as he went along. Movie #1 was plotted on a trajectory
                              to send Arwen to Helm's Deep in #2, but Jackson caved to perceived fan
                              pressure (though his substitution was just as corrupting of the source and
                              made less sense on its own terms). The original storyboards had Aragorn and
                              Sauron fighting in single combat in #3; this was, fortunately, dropped
                              before filming. What Jackson felt as he went along was more empowered to
                              defend his changes as actual improvements on the book, and not just things
                              he had to do for adaptation purposes.
                            • not_thou
                              ... There s a web page, apparently dating to early in 2006, that is devoted to the proposition that Jackson s movies borrowed some of Ted Nasmith s images
                              Message 14 of 17 , Sep 20, 2012
                                --- "David Bratman" <dbratman@...> wrote:
                                >> As for other artists, I can't offhand thing of any
                                >> other Tolkien artists, fan or pro, whose work the
                                >> movies' visual style strongly resembles, except in
                                >> a general way. (Dramatic mountains are going to look
                                >> like dramatic mountains no matter who draws them;
                                >> pseudo-medieval traveling clothes all have a vague
                                >> resemblance; Tolkien's descriptions of Bag End or
                                >> Gollum are enough to guide many, though far from all,
                                >> artists in a specific general direction; etc.)


                                There's a web page, apparently dating to early in 2006, that is devoted to the proposition that Jackson's movies borrowed some of Ted Nasmith's images without credit:

                                http://tednasmith.narod.ru/

                                Some comment on the subject appears halfway down the following page (see the second part of question E) from a twelve-part discussion, later that year, of the "Designing Middle-earth" DVD feature:

                                http://users.bestweb.net/~jfgm/MovieDesignTTT/01ConceptDesigners.htm

                                And here is further attention to and doubt about the claim, at a little more length (if a bit self-contradictory on my part, I see!), from a different discussion in 2008:

                                http://newboards.theonering.net/forum/gforum/perl/gforum.cgi?post=76579#76579

                                -Merlin
                              • IcelofAngeln
                                ... Little nuggets of gold in a matrix of iron pyrite (and a fair amount of mylar) It s absolutely amazing how much everything elevates in those moments where
                                Message 15 of 17 , Sep 20, 2012
                                  --- In mythsoc@yahoogroups.com, "David Bratman" <dbratman@...> wrote:

                                  >
                                  > That was true of the LOTR films as well. Chunks of dialogue actually from
                                  > the book, as opposed to loosely paraphrased, stood out like little nuggets.


                                  Little nuggets of gold in a matrix of iron pyrite (and a fair amount of mylar)

                                  It's absolutely amazing how much everything elevates in those moments where PBJ actually give us Genuine Tolkien Text (tm).
                                • James Curcio
                                  Yes, it can be quite noticeable
                                  Message 16 of 17 , Sep 20, 2012

                                    Yes, it can be quite noticeable

                                    On Sep 20, 2012 10:28 PM, "IcelofAngeln" <solicitr@...> wrote:
                                     



                                    --- In mythsoc@yahoogroups.com, "David Bratman" <dbratman@...> wrote:

                                    >
                                    > That was true of the LOTR films as well. Chunks of dialogue actually from
                                    > the book, as opposed to loosely paraphrased, stood out like little nuggets.

                                    Little nuggets of gold in a matrix of iron pyrite (and a fair amount of mylar)

                                    It's absolutely amazing how much everything elevates in those moments where PBJ actually give us Genuine Tolkien Text (tm).

                                  • lord_of_the_teleri
                                    Hi everyone, I haven t had the time to have a closer look at the links provided for this discussion but off the top off my head Ted Nasmith images do very
                                    Message 17 of 17 , Sep 24, 2012
                                      Hi everyone,

                                      I haven't had the time to have a closer look at the links provided for this discussion but off the top off my head Ted Nasmith' images do very well come to mind - particularly the "parting shot" of Boromir's death with Aragorn embracing him; an almost 1-to-1 rendering by PJ.

                                      It might be worth asking René van Rossenberg about this as he has, according to legend, sent a fairly huge parcel with basically every art publication available at the time to a certain director at the end of the nineties (the bulk being Lee, Howe, Nasmith). Not that he couldn't have found out from other sources but I do believe that the early stages of such a project may very well influence the overall outcome, even it it may take several years to finish.

                                      I had been impressed with most advance material of the LotR film trilogy at the time but the trailers on the Hobbit, especially the most recent one, have been underwhelming; the aesthetics are too much LotR -2.0 to me. I may not be a fan of del Toro but he would have brought a fresh approach to this project which could have given it the edge that is not PJ, PJ, PJ.

                                      The Hobbit isn't the prequel to the Lord of the Rings; the Lord of the Rings is a sequel to the Hobbit. Unfortunately, history has reversed their positions which will lead (and has already led) to many misunderstandings - including the upcoming Hobbit film trilogy.

                                      Best wishes,

                                      Marcel Aubron-Bülles
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