Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Some facts about Lord of the Rings


Some facts about Lord of the Rings


- Lord of the Rings (LOTR) is one of the largest movie productions ever undertaken. The film trilogy has been almost entirely made in New Zealand, with both the location shooting as well as the post-production, including the special effects being completed here.

- LOTR has been recreated in three parts by New Zealand filmmaker, Peter Jackson. The movies are to be released, as follows:

- The Fellowship of the Ring (due for release in December 2001 – with premieres in London on 10 December and Wellington on 19 December)
- The Two Towers (November/December 2002)
- The Return of the King (November/December 2003).

- The production of LOTR has been headquartered in Wellington and a vast majority of the post-production work is now being undertaken in that city. The films have been shot all over the country from Te Anau, Queenstown and Twizel through to Takaka, Turangi, and Matamata – over forty regional locations throughout the country.

- LOTR – 3,000 people have been employed during the shoot and in post-production. In addition, close to 20,000 extras have participated through the course of the shoot.

- JRR Tolkien (1892-1973) was a major scholar of the English language, holding the position of Professor of Anglo-Saxon Old English twice at Oxford University. He also wrote a number of novels, including most famously The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955). LOTR has sold in excess of 50 million copies and was voted by a number of groups as the number one book of the twentieth century.

- New Line Cinema is one of the largest independent producers, acquirers and distributors of movies in the world. It is a subsidiary of entertainment, media and technology conglomerate, AOL Time Warner.

- The New Line web page www.lordoftherings.net has received over 450 million hits. This is unprecedented.

- Three Foot Six Limited is Peter Jackson’s production company, contracted to New Line Cinema to produce the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. In addition, Peter Jackson has stakeholdings in a variety of production and post- production facilities, including: Weta Workshop, Weta Digital, Camperdown Studios, Stone Street Studios and The Film Unit. All of the companies have been involved in the production and postproduction of LOTR.

- LOTR offers New Zealand unparalleled opportunities to achieve an international profile through the release of the trilogy over the next three years. Opportunities exist to leverage the profile w1hich the trilogy will create for:

- Film location attraction and film infrastructure investment
- Promotion of New Zealand made film
- High technology innovation and promotion
- Tourism promotion
- Attracting New Zealand talent to return home
- Profiling of New Zealand globally, particularly talent, creativity and innovation profiling, through the media and through other appropriate means.

- The Film Commission is undertaking an economic impact analysis of the impact of the making of the film in New Zealand (will available December).

- New Zealand has a young, relatively vibrant and healthy film production industry consisting mainly of small businesses employing over 30,000 people directly or indirectly during 2,000 (mostly due to Lord of the Rings).

- In 2000 New Zealand film financing totalled $572 million (net $486 million being from foreign sources). This is up from a total of $86 million earned in foreign exchange in 1995.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news