There and back again : the production of Peter Jackson's Middle Earth

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McDonnell, Sinead
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BA (Hons) in Film
Dublin Business School
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After the quite recent releases of The Hobbit films, much attention has been brought back to The Lord of the Rings series- reigniting many fans love of the franchise and introducing many more new ones. In this dissertation I will look into Peter Jackson’s journey from his more humble splatstick beginnings to the colossal task of bringing Tolkien’s Middle Earth to life. The dissertation will focus on examining the huge production and sheer level of detail, with particular emphasis on the scale of the design and digital aspects that went into The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003). As well as finally briefly looking into the production of Jacksons latest adaption’s of The Hobbit; An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Battle of Five Armies (2014). Author keywords: Production, design, digital, CGI, effects, Middle Earth, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Peter Jackson, New Zealand, Weta