Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris, 2006, £8.80
"Television is a goddamned amusement park."
The music was written by Howard Shore and was so incredible in scale and scope that he was able to turn it into a Lord of the Rings Symphony that is performed in classical concert halls. It was grand and epic. It was perfectly written and blended into the film. It was small and minimalistic when it needed to be and yet large and powerful when it was supposed to be. Shore’s talent and dedication to Jackson’s vision really came through.
Paul Haggis: [Laughs] I was very blessed to have good material.
Now, when it comes to Peter Jackson’s directing, the first word that comes to mind is genius. But the second word I think of is demanding. He demanded nothing but the best from every last person who worked for him. After watching the entire 12 hour director’s cut trilogy, I watched only 2 of the documentaries included with the DVDs. But in one of them I learned that the final theatrical cut of The Return of the King was completed only 2 days before the World Premier in New Zealand, where the entire movie was filmed. The third installment of the trilogy had more special effect shots than the first two movies combined. Jackson pushed his people to the wire and pushed himself at the same time. I can’t even begin to imagine the number of hours spent by all the people involved in making these three movies. The statistic would be staggering.
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