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ep 130: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

December 15, 2020

We slink through Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” and discuss:

  • cinematography, lighting the middle Earth;
  • story & writing, morality, demonstrating possession;
  • special guest Joe Howes takes a quiz to test his vast Tolkien knowledge;
  • and other such stuff and things and stuff.

Whatever possession we gain by our sword cannot be sure or lasting, but the love gained by kindness and moderation is certain and durable. – Alexander the Great

This is the Galadriel eyelight that Joe mentions

Notes & References:
Follow Joe Howes on IG, his website, and check out his super cool project
Jon Favreau innovated virtual production while remaking “Lion King”
Over half of Mandalorian season 1 was filmed in virtual production, season 2 production wrapped just prior to shutdowns
Wes note:
I mentioned that Eowyn was a combination of two characters from the books, I may be thinking of how Arwen took on some of Glorfindel’s duties from the book, or I may be forgetting a character altogether so it’s obviously time for me to reread the trilogy.

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One comment

  1. Joe Howes says:

    So here’s some of the stuff I got WRONG:

    – I said that Tolkien felt he failed to “tie this story into this universe I’ve built”. This is not quite right. Tolkien very much tied The Lord of the Rings into his universe, but he was disappointed because he wanted to tie it in even more than he did.

    – Andrew Lesnie says in the Appendices of The Two Towers that the light rig he made for Galadriel’s eyes was to reflect starlight, because the Elves love the stars. His choice was not to describe the Trees of Valinor. I’d say the fact that I read the Trees into his choice speaks highly of Lesnie as an artist, and his choice allowed for the “varied applicability” the Tolkien aimed for in his writing 🙂

    – I rewatched PJ’s YouTube video about the 4k HDR remasters. I thought he mentioned onlining VFX shots but he didn’t, so I have no idea what the process was around the VFX shots.

    – The guidebook I was thinking of with Rings locations had around 60 locations, not 300. Here’s a link to the book:


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