Well i never
Looks good for £3K!!!!
Fans of the Lord of the Rings who have not yet had their fill of cinematic Middle-earth should make a date for Sunday 3 May at 4pm (UK time), when the internet and the Sci-Fi-London festival will simultaneously host the premiere of The Hunt for Gollum - a "film for fans by fans" knocked together for just 3,000 quid: Hunt …
... did it really cost though?
Yes, they spent £3k, but by the sounds of it a lot of contributors didn't bill for their services - just because they were LoTR fanboiz. If they had paid for those services, it would have gone well over £3k. Independent film makers making TOTALLY ORIGINAL works don't have the luxury of cashing in on a fan base and getting tens of thousands of pounds worth of stuff for free.
I'm sure it's a really nice film, but saying it was made for £3k is just a bit misleading...
I'm a big fan of LOTRs and that certainly looks like its raising the bar on the quality of fan films in general, especially in cinematography. Didn't realize LOTR fans were making fan films but in hindsight it makes sense.
The one thing I hope is they get the acting right. The attention to detail in acting seems to be a weak link in a lot of fan films.
I really want to see this film now, but I guess I'll have to wait until next week to download it. I bet their website server gets totally hammered on Sunday. :)
...but I dread the acting. Most fanfilms put huge effort into visual effects, plot, etc... and then have the producers and directors act, because everyone wants to act, even though they're godawful. So you have awesome costumes, visuals... and the result is unwatchable because it's just a bunch of people standing around either reading off cue cards or giving their best impression of a Shakespearean parody.
At work now so I can't watch, but hopefully this is different. Also, hopefully they actually got real sound people, instead of spending 5000 hours on visuals and then using on-camera mics. :/
If the people behind are not all burned out by now (I could well believe they are), they could try to get permission to make a film set in the first or second age. Beren and Lutien would be obvious, as the story is mentioned in LoTR, so people who have not read anything else would still recognize the names.
"... no-one can..."
Without the big money for effects or acting talent, a compelling script is pretty much the only thing that'll lift this production out the gutter.
And if that tired old line made it into the trailer, what hope is there of that?
I'm really hoping for something good, but part of me is anticipating disappointment...
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