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MUCH LORD OF THE RINGS WORK AWAITS

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  • Joan Marie Verba
    MUCH LORD OF THE RINGS WORK AWAITS Ian McKellen--who plays Gandalf in Peter Jackson s upcoming Lord of the Rings film trilogy--said on his official Web site
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 7, 2001
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      MUCH LORD OF THE RINGS WORK AWAITS

      Ian McKellen--who plays Gandalf in Peter Jackson's upcoming Lord of the
      Rings film trilogy--said on his official Web site that much work remains to
      be done, though principal photography has wrapped. In January, doubles of
      many of the principal actors may work on additional footage, including
      "essential linking shots, 'pickups' that [director] Peter Jackson and his
      editors need to mesh the final jigsaw together," McKellen said.

      McKellen added, "In [special effects house] WETA's digital workshops,
      Gandalf's image, shot against blue screen, will be matched to backgrounds
      of
      deepest Moria or the highest sky, with a computerized battling Balrog and
      soaring Gwaihir carrying him to safety from the Tower of Orthanc. Andy
      Serkis' Gollum will take months to perfect. Even when the pictures are
      close
      to completion and Peter's final cut is ready for New Line's approval, the
      huge job of re-recording the dialogue has to be done, with a cast now
      working on or considering other projects in Australia, Europe, Asia or
      North
      America. Then there are sound effects and music to be composed. All in all
      a
      good year's work to be done--and so the world must wait." The first Rings
      movie, The Fellowship of the Ring, premieres in December.

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