“Peter was always a geek in terms of technology but, once he had the means to do it, and the evolution of the technology really took off, he never looked back,” Mortensen says. “In the first movie, yes, there’s Rivendell, and Mordor, but there’s sort of an organic quality to it, actors acting with each other, and real landscapes; it’s grittier.” Mortensen says the “ballooning” of Jackson’s reliance on CGI began with the second film, The Two Towers, and has increased with each subsequent project. “It was grandiose, and all that, but whatever was subtle, in the first movie, gradually got lost in the second and third. Now with The Hobbit, one and two, it’s like that to the power of 10,” Mortensen says.
Viggo Mortensen and Peter Jackson at the world premiere of RotK in Wellington
Sean Astin’s short film The Long and Short of It; a labor of love by the cast and crew of The Lord of the Rings that first appeared on the DVD release of The Two Towers.
Written, produced, and directed by Sean Astin, the story was conceived by both he and Dominic Monaghan, and was an entry in the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. Starring Andrew Lesnie (LotR Cinematographer), Fon Chansantor (Scale Double), Paul Randall (Scale Double), and Peter Jackson (LotR Director); with Elijah Wood serving as 1st assistant director and Andy Serkis as assistant location manager. Billy Boyd selected the soundtrack.
A workman gets some unexpected help from two people of vastly different sizes.