The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

PG-13 | 179 mins | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy | 18 December 2002

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The Two Towers is the second episode in the film trilogy, The Lord of the Rings , based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s classic trilogy of novels of the same name. The three film episodes were shot simultaneously in 1999--2000 and were released in consecutive Decembers, from 2001 through 2003. The second episode of director-producer-writer Peter Jackson’s adventurous production is darker than the first, reflecting the mood of the original novel. For further information about the film trilogy, its first episode and background of the source book and its creator, J. R. R. Tolkien, please See Entry for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring .
       There are no opening cast or crew credits in The Two Towers . Some of the cast is credited twice in the ending credits. In the first appearance, most of the lead performers are credited in individual title cards without a character name. The one exception appears in the middle of these credits and reads: “featuring Andy Serkis as Gollum.” The film editors’ credits read: “D. Michael Horton with Jabez Olssen.” Later, John Rhys-Davies, who also appears as dwarf “Gimli,” is credited as “Voice of Treebeard,” followed by all featured players in alphabetical order. The children of Jackson and writer Fran Walsh appear in the film and are credited onscreen as: “Cute Rohan Refugee Children Billy Jackson and Katie Jackson.” Their credit and those of “Hero Orcs” are presented later in the production crew, just before the list of doubles and stand-ins.
       Ending credits include a “personal thanks” from the “Filmmakers” to several people ...

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The Two Towers is the second episode in the film trilogy, The Lord of the Rings , based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s classic trilogy of novels of the same name. The three film episodes were shot simultaneously in 1999--2000 and were released in consecutive Decembers, from 2001 through 2003. The second episode of director-producer-writer Peter Jackson’s adventurous production is darker than the first, reflecting the mood of the original novel. For further information about the film trilogy, its first episode and background of the source book and its creator, J. R. R. Tolkien, please See Entry for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring .
       There are no opening cast or crew credits in The Two Towers . Some of the cast is credited twice in the ending credits. In the first appearance, most of the lead performers are credited in individual title cards without a character name. The one exception appears in the middle of these credits and reads: “featuring Andy Serkis as Gollum.” The film editors’ credits read: “D. Michael Horton with Jabez Olssen.” Later, John Rhys-Davies, who also appears as dwarf “Gimli,” is credited as “Voice of Treebeard,” followed by all featured players in alphabetical order. The children of Jackson and writer Fran Walsh appear in the film and are credited onscreen as: “Cute Rohan Refugee Children Billy Jackson and Katie Jackson.” Their credit and those of “Hero Orcs” are presented later in the production crew, just before the list of doubles and stand-ins.
       Ending credits include a “personal thanks” from the “Filmmakers” to several people and organizations “for their contribution to the making of this movie,” among them, E-Film and various New Zealand governmental agencies. Following is a “special thanks to Peter Nelson & Ken Kamins and to the thousands of others who helped make this film a reality.” The film is dedicated to “Carla Fry, Brian Bansgrove and Brent Robb, People we loved.” After the dedication, the following inscription in the Maori language appears: “He maungärongo kit e whenua, He whakaaro pai ki ngä tängata katoa.” Although many of the character and place names in Tolkien’s novels, such as “Barad-dûr,” “Théoden” and “Sméagol,” appear with diacritical marks, the film’s onscreen credits list them without the diacritics. Whenever characters speak in the Elvish language invented by Tolkien, subtitles are used.
       The film begins with a reprisal of “Gandalf’s” fight with the Balrog and his plunge into the pit at Khazad-dum, this time shown as "Frodo’s" nightmare. Gandalf’s recounting of his experience after the battle with the Balrog appears as a montage with Ian McKellen’s voice-over narration. "Aragorn’s" conversation with "Elrond" is shown as a flashback with dialogue. Later in the film, as Elrond counsels "Arwen" about her short-lived future with Aragorn, he speaks in a voice-over as she is shown mourning at the crypt of an older, gray Aragorn, who has been laid out for his funeral. The scene quickly changes to winter many years later, showing Arwen, still in mourning at the crypt, which now has a metal sculpture of the dead Aragorn lying atop it.
       The romance between Aragorn and Arwen, depicted in the film as flashbacks and dreams, did not appear as shown in Tolkien’s trilogy. According to a Dec 2002 Time article, HR review and other sources, the screenwriters based these scenes on information given in an appendix that Tolkien wrote after The Two Towers . The article reported that these scenes were filmed in the summer of 2002, after the principal filming of the trilogy had been completed. Also added in Sep 2002, according to the Time article, was Sam’s “there’s good in the world worth fighting for” monologue urging Frodo not to give up, which the screenwriters felt was needed to tie all of the story lines in the film together.
       In addition to the Aragorn-Arwen romance sequences, the screenwriters took other liberties that were not in the book, but were true to the spirit of Tolkien’s oeuvre . In Tolkien’s novel, the battle of Helm’s Deep, which is central to the film, was only a brief episode. “Shelob,” a spider creature introduced in the second novel, is only mentioned by Gollum in the film, but will make her appearance in the third film. In the Time article, Jackson admitted that The Two Towers departed from Tolkien’s novels more than the other two films in the trilogy.
       As noted in the film’s website and a Dec 2002 LAT article, the character Gollum was computer-generated, using Shakespearean actor Serkis’ voice and his own movements as a model. The LAT article reported that each scene containing Gollum was shot three times, the first time with Serkis, wearing a lycra suit fitted with motion-capture equipment, acting with the cast. The final digital character was added later to the second take of the scene, which was filmed without Serkis. Other CGI characters in the film were “Treebeard” and his fellow Ents.
       The film was shot entirely in New Zealand. According to the film’s website, the battle at Helm’s Deep was filmed over four months in night shoots. A Dec 2002 AmCin article reported that "life-size" sets of the city of Edoras were built and filmed on a hill in New Zealand’s South Island. A castle and a wall of the Helm’s Deep fortress were built in a quarry in Wellington. Although Jackson considered filming the Dead Marshes sequence in an actual marsh at Te Anau, South Island, only a brief aerial shot was used, as the area was dangerous and difficult to tread. Instead, three sets were built at the Wellington studios. The shooting locations of the film trilogy have been prominently featured in Tourism New Zealand's website and television commercials to entice vacationers to the area.
       According to a Dec 2001 article found on Zap2it.com, there was some question over whether the film would retain Tolkien’s title The Two Towers for the film, after the terrorist attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York on 11 Sep 2001. According to a Dec 2002, HR article, executives of the film's distributor, New Line Cinema, noting the lack of Whoppers in Middle-earth and the inappropriateness of the dark film for younger school children, dropped Burger King as the film's promotional tie-in. Instead, New Line negotiated a two-year contract with Verizon Wireless, which plans to target a young, male audience. Within five days after The Two Towers was released, it broke box-office records by grossing $101.5 million, according to a Dec 2002 LADN article. A few weeks later, a Jan 2003 CNN.com article reported that Tolkien fans were celebrating the author's “eleventy-first” birthday, which is the Hobbit age that the character Bilbo Baggins celebrates at the beginning of the Rings trilogy.
       The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers was selected as one of AFI’s top ten films of 2002 and was nominated for Golden Globe awards for Best Picture--Drama and Best Direction. The film won Academy Awards fo Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects, and was nominated in the following categories: Best Picture, Best Film Editing, Best Art Direction and Best Sound. SAG nominated the film's cast for the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Award. In addition, the film was nominated by the PGA for its Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award, and Jackson was nominated by the DGA for its Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film award. The film received BAFTAs for Achievement in Costume Design and Special Visual Effects.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
PERSONAL & COMPANY INDEX CREDITS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
Dec 2002.
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Daily Variety
8 Nov 2002.
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Daily Variety
2 Dec 2002.
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Daily Variety
6 Dec 2002.
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Hollywood Reporter
3 Dec 2002.
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Hollywood Reporter
5 Dec 2002
p. 1, 37.
Hollywood Reporter
6-8 Dec 2002
p. 2, 86.
Los Angeles Daily News
23 Dec 2002
p. 1, 6.
Los Angeles Times
17 Dec 2002
p. A1, A24.
Los Angeles Times
18 Dec 2002
p. E1, E6.
New York Times
21 Oct 2002.
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New York Times
3 Nov 2002.
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New York Times
18 Dec 2002.
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Script
Nov/Dec 2002
pp. 48-51.
Time
2 Dec 2002.
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Variety
9-15 Dec 2002
p. 38, 46.
Wall Street Journal
6 Dec 2002.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Wingnut Films Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
1st asst dir
Key 2d asst dir
2d asst dir
2d unit dir
2d unit dir
1st asst dir, 2d unit
1st asst dir, 2d unit
1st asst dir, 2d unit
1st asst dir, 2d unit
1st asst dir, Miniatures unit
2d 2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
Key 2d asst dir, 2d unit
2d asst dir, 2d unit
Addl 2d asst dir, 2d unit
Addl 2d asst dir, 2d unit
Addl 2d asst dir, 2d unit
2d asst dir/Coord, Miniatures unit
3rd asst dir
3rd asst dir
3rd asst dir
3rd asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
Co-prod
Co-prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Aerial unit dir of photog
Aerial unit dir of photog
Visual eff dir of photog, Miniatures unit
Miniatures dir of photog, Miniatures unit
Dir of photog/Mocon programmer, Miniatures unit
Cam op
Cam op
Focus puller
Focus puller
Focus puller
Focus puller
Focus puller
Focus puller
Focus puller
Focus puller
Focus puller
Focus puller
Focus puller, Miniatures unit
Focus puller, Miniatures unit
Clapper/Loader and cam asst
Clapper/Loader and cam asst
Clapper/Loader and cam asst
Clapper/Loader and cam asst
Clapper/Loader and cam asst
Clapper/Loader and cam asst
Clapper/Loader and cam asst
Clapper/Loader and cam asst
Clapper/Loader and cam asst
Clapper/Loader and cam asst
Clapper/Loader and cam asst
Clapper loader, Miniatures unit
Clapper loader, Miniatures unit
Clapper loader, Miniatures unit
Spacecam tech
Wescam tech
Cam pilot
Video assist op
Video assist op
Video assist op
Video assist op
Video asst
Video asst
Video asst
Video asst
Video asst
Supv chief lighting tech
Chief lighting tech
Chief lighting tech
Chief lighting tech
Chief lighting tech
Chief lighting tech
Chief lighting tech, Miniatures unit
2d chief lighting tech, Miniatures unit
Asst chief lighting tech
Asst chief lighting tech
Asst chief lighting tech
Asst chief lighting tech
Asst chief lighting tech
Lighting tech
Lighting tech
Lighting tech
Lighting tech
Lighting tech
Lighting tech
Lighting tech
Lighting tech
Lighting tech
Lighting tech
Lighting tech
Lighting tech
Lighting tech
Lighting tech
Lighting tech
Lighting tech
Lighting tech
Lighting tech
Lighting tech, Miniatures unit
Lighting tech, Miniatures unit
Lighting tech, Miniatures unit
Lighting tech, Miniatures unit
LIghting tech, Miniatures unit
Gene op
Gene op
Rigging
Rigging
Rigging
Rigging
Rigging
Rigging
Lighting coord
Lighting console op
Lighting console op
Lighting storeman
Lighting trainee
Key grip/Motion control
Supv key grip
Key grip
Key grip
Key grip
Key grip
Key grip, Miniatures unit
Key grip, Miniatures unit
Key grip, Miniatures unit
Dolly grip
Dolly grip
Dolly grip
Best boy
Best boy
Best boy
Best boy
Tech cont
Lunar crane op
Grip coord
Grip
Grip
Grip, Miniatures unit
Grip, Miniatures unit
Grip, Miniatures unit
Grip, Miniatures unit
Stills photog
Landscape stills photog
Addl stills
Videosplit/Projectionist, Miniatures unit
Motion control, Miniatures unit
Motion control, Miniatures unit
Motion control, Miniatures unit
Motion control, Miniatures unit
Motion control, Miniatures unit
Motion control, Miniatures unit
Motion control/Cam eng, Miniatures unit
Physical eff tech, Miniatures unit
Spacecam aerial cam system provided by
Wescam provided by
Lighting equipment supplied by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Conceptual des
Conceptual des
Supv art dir
Art dir
Art dir
Art dir
Art dir, Weta Workshop
Asst art dir
Asst art dir
Asst art dir
Draughtsperson
Draughtsperson
Draughtsperson
Draughtsperson
Draughtsperson
Draughtsperson
Draughtsperson
Model maker
Model maker
Supv sculptor
Head sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Art dept mgr
Art dept coord
Art dept coord
FILM EDITORS
with
Film ed
Supv ed
1st asst ed
Visual eff ed
Visual eff ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Film conformer
Film conformer
Film conformer
Editorial prod asst
Editorial prod asst
Editorial prod asst
Projectionist
VFX ed, Weta Digital
1st asst ed, Weta Digital
2d asst dir, Weta Digital
Scanning coord, Weta Digital
Ed asst, Weta Digital
Telecine
Telecine
Lab liaison
Lab mgr
Negative cutter
Film unit CEO
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
Const supv
Supv set finisher
Greenmaster
Supv eng
Prop master
Props buyer
Standby props
Standby props
Standby props
Standby props
Standby props
Standby asst
Standby asst
Standby asst
Props maker
Props maker
Props maker
Props maker
Props maker
Props maker
Props maker
Props maker
Props maker
Props maker
Props maker
Props maker
Props maker
Props maker
Props maker
Props maker
Props maker
Props maker
Props maker
Props maker
Props maker
Props maker
Props maker
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Const mgr
Const mgr
Const foreman
Const foreman
Const foreman
Alan Marshall
Const foreman
Const foreman
Const foreman
Leading hand
Leading hand
Leading hand
Leading hand
Leading hand
Leading hand
Leading hand
Leading hand
Leading hand
Carpenter
Karl Anton
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Hammerhand
Labourer
Labourer
Labourer
Labourer
Labourer
Labourer
Labourer
Labourer
Labourer
Labourer
Labourer
Labourer
Labourer
Const trainee
Const trainee
Const trainee
Const trainee
Const trainee
Const trainee
Const trainee
Const trainee
Greens
Greens
Greens
Greens
Greens
Greens
Greens
Greens
Standby greens
Standby greens
Standby greens
Standby greens
Steelworker
Steelworker
Steelworker
Rock & foam
Rock & foam
Rock & foam
Rock & foam
Rock & foam
Rock & foam
Physical eff supv
Physical eff on-set coord
Physical eff on-set coord
Physical eff on-set coord
Physical eff tech
Physical eff tech
Physical eff tech
Physical eff tech
Physical eff tech
Physical eff tech
Physical eff tech
Physical eff tech
Physical eff tech
Physical eff tech
Physical eff tech
Physical eff tech
Physical eff tech
Physical eff tech
Physical eff tech
On set coord, Weta Workshop
On set coord, Weta Workshop
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost des
Ward mgr
Ward supv
Extras coord
Jeweller
Ward manufacturing
Ward manufacturing
Ward manufacturing
Ward manufacturing
Ward manufacturing
Ward manufacturing
Ward manufacturing
Ward manufacturing
Ward manufacturing
Ward manufacturing
Ward manufacturing
Ward manufacturing
Ward manufacturing
Ward manufacturing
Ward manufacturing
Ward manufacturing
Ward manufacturing
Ward manufacturing
Ward manufacturing
Ward manufacturing
Ward manufacturing
Ward manufacturing
Ward manufacturing
Ward manufacturing
Ward manufacturing
Ward manufacturing
Ward manufacturing
Ward manufacturing
Ward on-set
Ward on-set
Ward on-set
Ward on-set
Ward on-set
Ward on-set
Ward on-set
Ward on-set
Ward on-set
Ward on-set
Ward on-set
Ward on-set
Ward on-set
Ward on-set
Ward on-set
Ward on-set
Head of armour weapons, Weta Workshop
Sword smith, Weta Workshop
Leather craftsman, Weta Workshop
Armoursmith, Weta Workshop
Armoursmith, Weta Workshop
Chain maille, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons/standby, Weta Workshop
MUSIC
Mus comp, orch & cond
Exec in charge of mus
Mus bus affairs exec
Assoc mus prod
Score rec
Score mixed by
at Abbey Road Studios, London
Mus performed by
Featured soloist
Featured soloist
Featured soloist
Featured soloist
Choir master
Choir master
Mus contractor
Mus contractor
Mus prod coord, London
Mus prod coord, NY
Mus ed
Mus ed
Mus ed
Mus ed
Mus ed
Mus ed
Eventone Editorial, Tuxedo, NY
Eventone Editorial, Tuxedo, NY
Eventone Editorial, Tuxedo, NY
Eventone Editorial, Tuxedo, NY
Eventone Editorial, Tuxedo, NY
Eventone Editorial, Tuxedo, NY
Eventone Editorial, Tuxedo, NY
Eventone Editorial, Tuxedo, NY
Eventone Editorial, Tuxedo, NY
Mus prep
Mus prep
Mus prep
Mus prep
Mus prep
Mus prep
Mus prep
Mus prep
Mus prep
Addl mus team
Addl mus team
Addl mus team
Addl mus team
Addl mus team
Addl mus team
Addl mus team
Addl mus team
Addl mus team
Addl mus team
Addl mus team
Addl mus team
Addl mus team
Addl mus team
Addl mus team
Addl mus team
Addl mus team
Addl mus team
Addl mus team
Mus sd des
Mus sd des
Mus sd des
Mus sd des
SOUND
Supv sd ed/Co-des
Supv sd ed
Sd des
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Addl re-rec mixer
Prod sd mixer
Sd rec
Boom op
Boom op
Cable
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Foley ed
Foley ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
ADR rec
1st asst sd ed
Asst dial ed
Asst sd ed
Sd IT support
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley eng
Foley eng
Sd facility mgr
ADR facility
VISUAL EFFECTS
Visual eff supv
Spec makeup, creatures, armour, weapons & miniatur
On set coord, Weta Workshop
On set coord, Weta Workshop
Des/sculptor, Weta Workshop
Des/sculptor, Weta Workshop
Des/sculptor, Weta Workshop
Des/sculptor, Weta Workshop
Des/sculptor, Weta Workshop
Des/sculptor, Weta Workshop
Des/sculptor, Weta Workshop
Senior prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Senior prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Senior prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Creatures/prosthetics, Weta Workshop
Prosthetics supv, Weta Workshop
Prosthetics supv, Weta Workshop
Prosthetics supv, Weta Workshop
Prosthetics supv, Weta Workshop
Prosthetics makeup, Weta Workshop
Prosthetics makeup, Weta Workshop
Prosthetics makeup, Weta Workshop
Prosthetics makeup, Weta Workshop
Prosthetics makeup, Weta Workshop
Prosthetics makeup, Weta Workshop
Prosthetics makeup, Weta Workshop
Hair, Weta Workshop
Hair, Weta Workshop
Hair, Weta Workshop
Hair, Weta Workshop
Hair, Weta Workshop
Hair, Weta Workshop
Hair, Weta Workshop
Mechanist/eng, Weta Workshop
Mechanist/eng, Weta Workshop
Mechanist/eng, Weta Workshop
Mechanist/eng, Weta Workshop
Mechanist/eng, Weta Workshop
Paint FX, Weta Workshop
Paint FX, Weta Workshop
Paint FX, Weta Workshop
Paint FX, Weta Workshop
Paint FX, Weta Workshop
Miniature builder, Weta Workshop
Miniature builder, Weta Workshop
Miniature builder, Weta Workshop
Miniature builder, Weta Workshop
Miniature builder, Weta Workshop
Miniature builder, Weta Workshop
Miniature builder, Weta Workshop
Miniature builder, Weta Workshop
Miniature builder, Weta Workshop
Miniature builder, Weta Workshop
Miniature builder, Weta Workshop
Miniature builder, Weta Workshop
Miniature builder, Weta Workshop
Miniature builder, Weta Workshop
Miniature builder, Weta Workshop
Miniature builder, Weta Workshop
Visual eff prod, Weta Workshop
Visual eff consultant, Weta Workshop
Visual eff prod mgr, Weta Workshop
Visual eff prod coord, Weta Workshop
Visual eff PA, Weta Workshop
Visual eff PA, Weta Workshop
Visual eff art dir, Weta Workshop
Visual eff art dir, Weta Workshop
Previsualisation supv, Weta Workshop
Photoshop artist, Weta Workshop
Coord, Weta Workshop
3D Previz artist, Weta Workshop
3D Previz artist, Weta Workshop
Prod asst, Weta Workshop
Digital visual eff des and created by
Visual eff supv, Weta Digital
Visual eff prod, Weta Digital
Anim des & supv, Weta Digital
VFX cine, Weta Digital
Software dev supv, Weta Digital
Digital models supv, Weta Digital
Anim supv, Weta Digital
Creature supv, Weta Digital
Anim dept head, Weta Digital
2d supv, Weta Digital
Digital systems architect, Weta Digital
Massive crowd supv, Weta Digital
Chief tech officer, Weta Digital
Prod mgr, Weta Digital
Motion capture supv, Weta Digital
Senior anim, Weta Digital
Senior anim, Weta Digital
Senior anim, Weta Digital
Senior anim, Weta Digital
Senior anim, Weta Digital
Senior anim, Weta Digital
Senior anim, Weta Digital
Senior anim, Weta Digital
Senior anim, Weta Digital
Senior anim, Weta Digital
Matt Logue
Senior anim, Weta Digital
Senior anim, Weta Digital
Senior anim, Weta Digital
Senior anim, Weta Digital
Senior anim, Weta Digital
Senior anim, Weta Digital
Senior anim, Weta Digital
Senior anim, Weta Digital
Senior anim, Weta Digital
Anim, Weta Digital
Anim, Weta Digital
Anim, Weta Digital
Anim, Weta Digital
Anim, Weta Digital
Anim, Weta Digital
Anim, Weta Digital
Anim, Weta Digital
Anim, Weta Digital
Anim, Weta Digital
Anim, Weta Digital
Anim, Weta Digital
Anim, Weta Digital
Anim, Weta Digital
Anim, Weta Digital
Anim, Weta Digital
Anim, Weta Digital
Anim, Weta Digital
Anim, Weta Digital
3D seq lead TD, Weta Digital
3D seq lead TD, Weta Digital
3D seq lead TD, Weta Digital
3D seq lead TD, Weta Digital
3D seq lead TD, Weta Digital
3D seq lead TD, Weta Digital
3D seq lead TD, Weta Digital
3D seq lead TD, Weta Digital
3D seq lead TD, Weta Digital
3D seq lead TD, Weta Digital
3D seq lead TD, Weta Digital
3D Lead TD, Weta Digital
3D Lead TD, Weta Digital
3D Lead TD, Weta Digital
3D Lead TD, Weta Digital
3D Lead TD, Weta Digital
3D Lead TD, Weta Digital
3D Lead TD, Weta Digital
3D Lead TD, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
David Gould
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
3D TD/Lighter, Weta Digital
2D seq lead, Weta Digital
2D seq lead, Weta Digital
2D seq lead, Weta Digital
2D seq lead, Weta Digital
2D seq lead, Weta Digital
2D seq lead, Weta Digital
2D seq lead, Weta Digital
2D seq lead, Weta Digital
2D seq lead, Weta Digital
2D seq lead, Weta Digital
2D seq lead, Weta Digital
2D seq lead, Weta Digital
Senior compositor, Weta Digital
Senior compositor, Weta Digital
Senior compositor, Weta Digital
Senior compositor, Weta Digital
Senior compositor, Weta Digital
Senior compositor, Weta Digital
Senior compositor, Weta Digital
Senior compositor, Weta Digital
Senior compositor, Weta Digital
Senior compositor, Weta Digital
Senior compositor, Weta Digital
Senior compositor, Weta Digital
Compositor, Weta Digital
Compositor, Weta Digital
Compositor, Weta Digital
Compositor, Weta Digital
Compositor, Weta Digital
Compositor, Weta Digital
Compositor, Weta Digital
Compositor, Weta Digital
Compositor, Weta Digital
Compositor, Weta Digital
Compositor, Weta Digital
Compositor, Weta Digital
Compositor, Weta Digital
Compositor, Weta Digital
Compositor, Weta Digital
Compositor, Weta Digital
Compositor, Weta Digital
Compositor, Weta Digital
Compositor, Weta Digital
Compositor, Weta Digital
Compositor, Weta Digital
Compositor, Weta Digital
Compositor, Weta Digital
Compositor, Weta Digital
VFX plate supv Isengard seq, Weta Digital
Lead environment TD, Weta Digital
Lead environment TD, Weta Digital
Creatures dept head, Weta Digital
Creature facial lead, Weta Digital
Creature facial lead, Weta Digital
Senior creature TD, Weta Digital
Paint & roto supv, Weta Digital
Inferno artist, Weta Digital
Head of matte painting, Weta Digital
Senior matte painter, Weta Digital
Senior matte painter, Weta Digital
Senior matte painter, Weta Digital
Matte painter, Weta Digital
Matte painter, Weta Digital
Digital modeller, Weta Digital
Digital modeller, Weta Digital
Digital modeller, Weta Digital
Digital modeller, Weta Digital
Digital modeller, Weta Digital
Digital modeller, Weta Digital
Digital modeller, Weta Digital
Robert O'Neill
Digital modeller, Weta Digital
Creature TD, Weta Digital
Creature TD, Weta Digital
Creature TD, Weta Digital
Creature TD, Weta Digital
Creature TD, Weta Digital
Creature TD, Weta Digital
Creature TD, Weta Digital
Creature TD, Weta Digital
Creature TD, Weta Digital
Creature TD, Weta Digital
David Scott
Creature TD, Weta Digital
Creature TD, Weta Digital
Texture painter, Weta Digital
Texture painter, Weta Digital
Texture painter, Weta Digital
Texture painter, Weta Digital
Texture painter, Weta Digital
Texture painter, Weta Digital
Texture painter, Weta Digital
Texture painter, Weta Digital
Texture painter, Weta Digital
Texture painter, Weta Digital
Massive crowd TD, Weta Digital
Massive crowd TD, Weta Digital
Massive crowd TD, Weta Digital
Massive crowd TD, Weta Digital
Massive crowd TD, Weta Digital
Massive crowd TD, Weta Digital
Mocap combat choreographer, Weta Digital
Mocap combat choreographer, Weta Digital
Mocap TD, Weta Digital
Mocap TD, Weta Digital
Mocap tech, Weta Digital
Mocap prop design, Weta Digital
Mocap ed lead, Weta Digital
Motion ed, Weta Digital
Motion ed, Weta Digital
Motion ed, Weta Digital
Motion ed, Weta Digital
Motion ed, Weta Digital
Motion ed, Weta Digital
Motion ed, Weta Digital
Motion ed, Weta Digital
Senior cam TD, Weta Digital
Senior cam TD, Weta Digital
Senior cam TD, Weta Digital
Senior cam TD, Weta Digital
Senior cam TD, Weta Digital
Senior cam TD, Weta Digital
Cam TD/On-set tech, Weta Digital
Cam TD/On-set tech, Weta Digital
Cam TD/On-set tech, Weta Digital
Cam TD/On-set tech, Weta Digital
Cam TD/On-set tech, Weta Digital
Cam TD/On-set tech, Weta Digital
Cam TD/On-set tech, Weta Digital
Cam TD/On-set tech, Weta Digital
Cam TD/On-set tech, Weta Digital
Cam TD/On-set tech, Weta Digital
Cam TD/On-set tech, Weta Digital
Senior software developer, Weta Digital
Software developer, Weta Digital
Software developer, Weta Digital
2d software developer, Weta Digital
Software eng, Weta Digital
Pipeline eng, Weta Digital
Senior paint & roto artist, Weta Digital
Senior paint & roto artist, Weta Digital
Senior paint & roto artist, Weta Digital
Senior paint & roto artist, Weta Digital
Senior paint & roto artist, Weta Digital
Senior paint & roto artist, Weta Digital
Senior paint & roto artist, Weta Digital
Senior paint & roto artist, Weta Digital
Senior paint & roto artist, Weta Digital
Senior paint & roto artist, Weta Digital
Senior paint & roto artist, Weta Digital
Senior paint & roto artist, Weta Digital
Senior paint & roto artist, Weta Digital
Senior paint & roto artist, Weta Digital
Paint & roto artist, Weta Digital
Paint & roto artist, Weta Digital
Paint & roto artist, Weta Digital
Paint & roto artist, Weta Digital
Paint & roto artist, Weta Digital
Paint & roto artist, Weta Digital
Paint & roto artist, Weta Digital
Paint & roto artist, Weta Digital
Paint & roto artist, Weta Digital
Paint & roto artist, Weta Digital
Paint & roto artist, Weta Digital
Paint & roto artist, Weta Digital
Prod seq coord, Weta Digital
Prod seq coord, Weta Digital
Prod seq coord, Weta Digital
Prod seq coord, Weta Digital
Prod seq coord, Weta Digital
Anim coord, Weta Digital
Anim coord, Weta Digital
3D dept coord, Weta Digital
2D dept. coord, Weta Digital
Mocap/Massive coord, Weta Digital
R&D/Post prod coord, Weta Digital
Sched coord, Weta Digital
Matte painting coord, Weta Digital
Digital resource wrangler, Weta Digital
Digital resource mgr, Weta Digital
Head of digital imaging, Weta Digital
Digital imaging eng, Weta Digital
Scan & record supv, Weta Digital
Scan & record tech, Weta Digital
Scan & record tech, Weta Digital
IT dept digital op mgr, Weta
IT dept tech support mgr, Weta Digital
Model tech, Weta Digital
Model tech, Weta Digital
Model tech, Weta Digital
Model tech, Weta Digital
Model tech, Weta Digital
Model tech, Weta Digital
Model tech, Weta Digital
Model tech, Weta Digital
Systems mgr, Weta Digital
Tech support lead, Weta Digital
IT coord, Weta Digital
IT coord, Weta Digital
IT coord, Weta Digital
Wrangler lead, Weta Digital
System admin, Weta Digital
System adminstrator, Weta Digital
System adminstrator, Weta Digital
System admin, Weta Digital
System admin, Weta Digital
Tech support, Weta Digital
Tech support, Weta Digital
Tech support, Weta Digital
Tech support, Weta Digital
Tech support, Weta Digital
System coder, Weta Digital
System coder, Weta Digital
System coder, Weta Digital
Render wrangler, Weta Digital
Render wrangler, Weta Digital
Render wrangler, Weta Digital
Render wrangler, Weta Digital
Render wrangler, Weta Digital
Data wrangler, Weta Digital
Data wrangler, Weta Digital
Data wrangler, Weta Digital
Visual FX prod R&D/Pre, Weta Digital
Digital FX supv R&D/Pre, Weta Digital
Prod mgr, R&D/Pre, Weta Digital
Asst to R&D VFX prod, Weta Digital
VFX supv, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
VFX prod, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
VFX exec prod, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
CG supv, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
Compositing lead, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
VFX digital prod, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
VFX ed, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
VFX digital coord, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
TD, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
TD, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
TD, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
TD, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
TD, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
TD, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
TD, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
TD, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
TD, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
TD, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
TD, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
TD, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
TD, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
TD, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
TD, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
TD, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
TD, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
TD, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
Match mover, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
Match mover, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.
Rotoscope/Paint artist, Sony Pictures Imageworks I
Rotoscope/Paint artist, Sony Pictures Imageworks I
Rotoscope/Paint artist, Sony Pictures Imageworks I
Systems adminstration, Sony Pictures Imageworks In
Systems adminstration, Sony Pictures Imageworks In
Systems adminstration, Sony Pictures Imageworks In
Systems adminstration, Sony Pictures Imageworks In
VFX prod, Oktobor Films
VFX supv, Oktobor Films
Digital artist, Oktobor Films
Digital artist, Oktobor Films
Digital artist, Oktobor Films
Digital artist, Oktobor Films
Digital artist, Oktobor Films
Digital artist, Oktobor Films
Digital artist, Oktobor Films
Addl matte paintings, Oktobor Films
Addl matte paintings, Oktobor Films
Model tech, Miniatures unit
Model tech, Miniatures unit
Model tech, Miniatures unit
Model tech, Miniatures unit
Model tech, Miniatures unit
Model tech, Miniatures unit
Model tech, Miniatures unit
Model tech, Miniatures unit
Titles des
Massive crowd software developer
MAKEUP
Spec makeup, creatures, armour & miniatures
Makeup & hair des
Makeup & hair des
Key makeup & hair
Makeup & hair
Makeup & hair
Makeup & hair
Makeup & hair
Makeup & hair
Makeup & hair
Makeup & hair
Makeup & hair
Makeup & hair
Makeup & hair
Makeup & hair
Makeup & hair
Makeup & hair
Makeup & hair
Makeup & hair
Makeup & hair
Wig tech
Wigmaker
Wigmaker
Wigmaker
Wigmaker
Optometrist
PRODUCTION MISC
UK casting
UK casting
U.S. casting
New Zealand casting
Australian casting
N.Z. cast coord
Extras casting coord
Extras casting coord
Casting office mgr
Unit prod mgr
Unit prod mgr
Exec in charge of prod
Exec in charge of finance
Exec in charge of post prod
Exec in charge of visual eff
Exec in charge of film investment
Post prod supv
Post prod supv
Workshop mgr, Weta Workshop
Workshop supv, Weta Workshop
Senior prod mgr, Weta Workshop
Prod mgr, 2d unit
Prod mgr, 2d unit
Prod mgr, Weta Workshop
Prod mgr, Weta Workshop
Prod mgr, Weta Workshop
Prod coord
Prod coord
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Asst prod coord
Asst prod coord
Asst prod coord
Asst coord, Miniatures unit
Translator
Cultural fighting styles
Supv dial coach
Dial coach
Asst dial coach
Tolkien language translation
Scr supv
Scr supv
Scr supv
Scr supv, Miniatures unit
Bob Anderson
Swordmaster
Asst swordmaster
Asst to Peter Jackson & Fran Walsh
Asst to Peter Jackson & Fran Walsh
Asst to Barrie M. Osborne
Asst to Barrie M. Osborne
Asst to Geoff Murphy
Travel & accommodation coord
Travel & accommodation coord
Supv unit loc mgr
Supv loc mgr
Loc mgr
Loc mgr
Loc scout
Loc coord
Unit coord
Unit mgr
Unit mgr
Unit mgr
Unit mgr
Unit
Unit
Unit
Unit
Unit
Loc admin
Advance loc coord
Advance loc coord
Advance loc coord
IT support
IT support
IT support
Financial controller
Accountant
Accountant
Accountant
Accountant
Wingnut Films accountant
Production accountant, Weta Digital
Workshop accountant, Weta Workshop
Accounts asst
Accounts asst
Accounts asst
Accounts asst
Accounts asst
Accounts asst
Accounts asst, Weta Digital
Payroll
Payroll
Payroll
Bus & legal affairs exec
New Line controller
Prod attorney
Contract admin
Contract admin
New Line coord
Asst pub
Spec projects coord
Head of facilities, Weta Digital
Facility mgr, Weta Digital
Facilities coord, Weta Digital
Facilities tech, Weta Digital
Housing coord, Weta Digital
Recruitment/Publicity, Weta Digital
Human resources mgr, Weta Digital
Human resources mgr, Weta Digital
Human resources asst, Weta Digital
Paramedic/Safety
Safety/Medic
Safety/Medic
Security coord
Head animal wrangler
Horse coord
Horse trainer
Addl horse trainer
Veterinery surgeon
Stable foreman
Wrangler/Makeup artist
Riding instructor
Riding instructor
Horse wrangler
Horse wrangler
Horse wrangler
Horse wrangler
Horse dept asst
Tech adv
Tech adv
Safety rider
Safety rider
Extras wrangler
Extras wrangler
Extras wrangler
Transport mgr
Transport coord
Transport coord
Transport capt
Transport capt
Transport capt
Transport capt
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Jim Martin
Driver
Driver
Mechanic
Mechanic
Transport asst
Transport coord, Weta Workshop
Set prod asst/Runner
Set prod asst/Runner
Set prod asst/Runner
Set prod asst/Runner
Set prod asst/Runner
Set prod asst/Runner
Prod asst/Runner
Prod asst/Runner
Prod asst/Runner
Prod asst/Runner
Prod asst/Runner
Prod asst/Runner
Prod asst/Runner
Prod asst/Runner
Prod asst/Runner
Prod asst/Runner
Prod asst/Runner
Prod asst/Runner
Prod asst/Runner
Prod asst/Runner
Prod asst/Runner
Prod asst/Runner
Prod asst/Runner
Prod asst/Runner
Prod asst/Runner
Wingnut prod asst
Wingnut prod asst
Wingnut Films runner
Prod asst, Weta Workshop
Prod asst, Weta Workshop
Prod asst, Weta Workshop
Prod asst, Weta Workshop
Prod asst, Miniatures unit
Asst to prod, Weta Digital
Asst to prod, Weta Digital
Prod runner, Weta Digital
Prod runner, Weta Digital
Prod runner, Weta Digital
Prod runner, Weta Digital
Prod runner, Weta Digital
Prod runner, Weta Digital
Prod runner, Weta Digital
Prod runner, Weta Digital
Runner, Miniatures unit
Stage helper, Miniatures unit
Trainee, Miniatures unit
Catering
New Line post prod services
New Line post prod services
New Line post prod services
New Zealand legal counsel
New Zealand legal counsel
Risk management
Risk management
Risk management
Safety & loss control
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Asst stunt coord
Stunt rigger
Horse stunt coord
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Stunt performer
Double & stand-in
Double & stand-in
Double & stand-in
Double & stand-in
Double & stand-in
Double & stand-in
Double & stand-in
Double & stand-in
Double & stand-in
Double & stand-in
Double & stand-in
Double & stand-in
Double & stand-in
Double & stand-in
Double & stand-in
Double & stand-in
Double & stand-in
Double & stand-in
Double & stand-in
Double & stand-in
Double & stand-in
Riding double
Riding double
Riding double
Riding double
Riding double
Riding double
Riding double
Riding double
Riding double
Riding double
Riding double
Riding double
Riding double
Riding double
Riding double
Riding double
Riding double
Riding double
COLOR PERSONNEL
Supv digital colourist
Digital colour grading
Lead digital colourist
Digital colourist
Digital colourist
Colourist asst
Imaging technology supv
Post prod supv
Tech op supv
Conforming & I/O supv
Digital film grading system
Lead developer
Lead programmer
Programmer
Programmer
Colour & telecine dailies by
Colour timer
Colour timer, Weta Digital
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Two Towers: Being the Second Part of "The Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien (London, 1954).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
SONGS
"Gollum's Song," music by Howard Shore, lyrics by Fran Walsh, Janet Roddick, David Donaldson, Steve Roche and David Long, performed by Emiliana Torrini.
PERFORMED BY
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Release Date:
18 December 2002
Premiere Information:
World premiere in New York: 5 Dec 2002
Production Date:
11 Oct 1999--22 Dec 2000 at Camperdown Studios, Wellington, New Zealand; addl seq shot in Sep 2002
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Lord Zweite Productions Deutschland Filmproduktion, GmbH & Co.
3 February 2003
PA0001119134
New Line Productions, Inc.
3 February 2003
PA0001119134
Physical Properties:
Sound
SDDS Sony Dynamic Digital Sound; Dolby Digital EX; dts Digital Sound in selected theatres
Color
Fujifilm
Lenses/Prints
photographed on Kodak Motion Picture Film; prints by DeLuxe
Duration(in mins):
179
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Countries:
New Zealand, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
39418
SYNOPSIS

In the mythical world of Middle-earth, many thousands of years ago, the seven remaining members of the Fellowship of the Ring have been forced to separate after the fall of the wizard, Gandalf the Grey, into the pit at Khazad-dum. Hobbits Merry and Pippin have been captured by the enemy Urak-Hai, and the Elf Legolas, the Dwarf Gimli and their noble-born Human leader Aragorn have vowed to rescue them. Threatening Middle-earth is the mounting danger of the disembodied Sauron, who, from his dark tower of Barad-dur in the land of Mordor, maintains control through his puppet, the corrupted wizard Saruman of Isengard, who resides in his own tower, Orthanc. The task of destroying the master ring of power forged by the evil lord Sauron has fallen to the Hobbit Frodo and his loyal friend Sam. Frodo and Sam must cast the ring into the fires of Mordor’s Mount Doom before Sauron can use its power to take over the world. However, the Hobbits are lost in the hills and the ring’s dark magic is wearing Frodo down, physically and mentally. Increasingly, Frodo relies on Sam’s buoyant spirit, although Sam sometimes doubts if they should attempt the dangerous task. When they discover Gollum, a previous owner of the ring who lost it to Frodo’s uncle, skulking nearby, Frodo feels pity, knowing that prolonged contact with the ring deformed the creature’s mind and body. Despite Sam’s suspicions about Gollum, who insanely refers to the ring as “my precious,” Frodo asks Gollum to guide them to Mordor. Meanwhile, Pippin and Merry are being carried by Urak-Hais, the creatures bred for war from Goblins and the ancient ...

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In the mythical world of Middle-earth, many thousands of years ago, the seven remaining members of the Fellowship of the Ring have been forced to separate after the fall of the wizard, Gandalf the Grey, into the pit at Khazad-dum. Hobbits Merry and Pippin have been captured by the enemy Urak-Hai, and the Elf Legolas, the Dwarf Gimli and their noble-born Human leader Aragorn have vowed to rescue them. Threatening Middle-earth is the mounting danger of the disembodied Sauron, who, from his dark tower of Barad-dur in the land of Mordor, maintains control through his puppet, the corrupted wizard Saruman of Isengard, who resides in his own tower, Orthanc. The task of destroying the master ring of power forged by the evil lord Sauron has fallen to the Hobbit Frodo and his loyal friend Sam. Frodo and Sam must cast the ring into the fires of Mordor’s Mount Doom before Sauron can use its power to take over the world. However, the Hobbits are lost in the hills and the ring’s dark magic is wearing Frodo down, physically and mentally. Increasingly, Frodo relies on Sam’s buoyant spirit, although Sam sometimes doubts if they should attempt the dangerous task. When they discover Gollum, a previous owner of the ring who lost it to Frodo’s uncle, skulking nearby, Frodo feels pity, knowing that prolonged contact with the ring deformed the creature’s mind and body. Despite Sam’s suspicions about Gollum, who insanely refers to the ring as “my precious,” Frodo asks Gollum to guide them to Mordor. Meanwhile, Pippin and Merry are being carried by Urak-Hais, the creatures bred for war from Goblins and the ancient war-mongering Orcs at Saruman's foundry, toward Isengard, where Saruman is forming a great army and communicates with Sauron via a seeing stone. Of strategic significance to Sauron’s plans is the kingdom of Rohan, where Saruman has already planted his spy, Grima Wormtongue, as King Theoden’s advisor. Saruman has cast a spell aging the king’s body and destroying his mind, so that the king shows no comprehension when his niece Eowyn tells him that Theodred, his only son and heir, lies dying after battling with Orcs. When Wormtongue denies that the Orcs are enemies and banishes Eowyn’s brother Eomer as a traitor, Eomer leaves with 2,000 men loyal to the king. In the countryside, they fight the many bands of Saruman’s amassing army who are wreaking havoc in the kingdom. One night Eomer’s men defeat the Uraks and Orcs holding Pippin and Merry. The next day Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas cross paths with the victorious Humans, and by inspecting the battle scene, conclude that the Hobbits escaped into the Fanghorn Forest of talking trees. Inside the forest, still pursued by a lone Orc intent on eating them, Pippin and Merry are saved by Treebeard, a creature belonging to the race of tree shepherds known as Ents. While searching for Pippin and Merry in the forest, Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas encounter a white wizard who they fear is Saruman. Instead, they learn that he is Gandalf, who, after falling through fire and water into darkness and timelessness, has been reborn as Gandalf the White. After explaining that he has been returned to Middle-earth to finish a task, Gandalf summons his horse Shadowfax and leads his companions to Rohan. Inside Theoden’s Golden Hall, Gandalf breaks the spell over Theoden, after which the king banishes Wormtongue. While grieving for his dead son, Theoden is alerted of Saruman’s approaching army by two children sent by a fallen village. The king, unwilling to engage in open warfare, orders his people to their fortress at Helm’s Deep, confident that the structure will protect them. Gandalf, who has misgivings about the fortress, convinces Aragorn to stay with the king, but before leaving, tells Aragorn to look to the east at dawn on the fifth day. To reach Mordor, Gollum takes Frodo and Sam through the Dead Marshes, where the weakened, mentally imbalanced Frodo falls in with the trapped souls. After being pulled out by Gollum, Frodo is nearly discovered by a ringwraith sent by Saruman. As they near Mordor’s gates, Sam and Frodo prepare to risk sneaking in behind an entering army. Gollum, afraid of losing his “precious” to Sauron, convinces them that he knows a secret way into Mordor. Sam still distrusts Gollum, but Frodo, who has realized that Gollum was once a being known as Smeagol who lived near his home, tells Sam that he wants to help him. Gollum, torn between loyalty to Frodo and his dark side that developed from exposure to the ring, battles with himself, but finally concludes that Frodo will take care of him. The next day, Sam and Frodo are captured by Humans from Gondor led by Faramir, the brother of former Fellowship member Boromir, who suspects they are spies. When Gollum is later found and threatened with death, Frodo, hoping to save him, admits that Gollum is his guide and lures the trusting creature to safety. After the guards capture the frightened Gollum, he thinks that Frodo betrayed him. Watching the disturbed Gollum argue with himself, Faramir learns about the ring Frodo bears and its power, and decides to take them back to Gondor. Although Sam suggests that Frodo escape by slipping on the ring, which will make him invisible, Frodo fears that Sauron, who can only sense him when he wears the ring, will find him. While preparing for the journey to Helm’s Deep, Aragorn becomes intrigued by the skilled swordsmanship of the noble Eowyn, but remains haunted by thoughts of Arwen, the Elf woman whom he loves. When Eowyn, who becomes increasingly attracted to Aragorn during the journey, asks him about the jewel he wears around his neck, he explains that it was given to him by Arwen, who he believes has left Middle-earth with her kinfolk for the "undying lands" in the West. Lapsing into a reverie, he recalls to himself how Arwen’s father Elrond told him that the time of the Elves in Middle-earth was over and that Arwen must leave with her people. Following Wormtongue's advice, Saruman sends Orcs riding vicious wolfbeasts called Wargs to attack Aragorn and his fellow travelers. Eowyn leads the women and children to Helm’s Deep on another path, while the men stay behind to fight. Although the king’s men are victorious, they suffer many casualties. Aragorn, who is dragged over a cliff into the churning waters of a river, is believed dead, but, unconscious and dreaming of Arwen, he floats to shore downriver and later reunites with the others at Helm’s Deep. In the Elf kingdom, all are preparing to leave, except Arwen, who considers abandoning immortality and family to remain behind for Aragorn’s return. By showing Arwen that by being immortal, she will eventually lose Aragorn, Elrond convinces her to join the Elves’ procession to the boats that will take them on their journey. Galadriel, the oldest of all the elves, is aware that Saruman has amassed an army of 10,000 to conquer Helm’s Deep and suggests to Elrond that they not abandon Middle-earth to Sauron’s dominion. At Helm’s Deep, shortly after Theoden, whose 300 men are mostly too young or too old for battle, confides to Aragorn that he feels alone and without alliances, an army of 200 Elf archers arrives to assist them. Meanwhile, Treebeard tells Pippin and Merry that the Ents have no interest in the affairs of men and wizards, but then, after finding more trees destroyed, calls a “gathering” of Ents to discuss whether to go to war. It is raining when Saruman’s forces reach the base of Helm’s Deep and the battle begins. Many of the enemy soldiers are killed by Elf arrows, but more scale the walls using ladders, and swords are drawn. At the same time, the Ents, who talk slowly, decide not to go to war. Treebeard offers to carry Merry and Pippin to the forest border nearest their Shire, but they ask instead to be taken toward Isengard where they hope to slip past the defenses, believing that the closer they are to danger, the farther they are from harm. Accepting their logic, Treebeard changes directions and upon seeing the destroyed trees near the Isengard border, calls out to the Ents, who gather from all over. Inside Helm’s Deep, after being forced to retreat to the fortress’ keep, Theoden feels defeated, until Aragorn suggests that they ride out to fight their enemy hand-to-hand. Defeat seems imminent until Aragorn recalls Gandalf’s words and looks to the east, where Gandalf and the 2,000 banished men of Rohan arrive to surprise the enemy from behind. As the defenders of Helm's Deep win the battle, angry Ents at Isengard destroy Saruman’s foundry and break down a dam, flooding the plains around the tower. In Gondor, Faramir is still planning to take the ring from Frodo, although Sam warns him that Boromir died trying. A ringwraith appears, to whom the weakened Frodo almost gives up the ring, but an arrow shot by Faramir sends it away. Although he is now safe, Frodo, still bewitched, turns on Sam and almost kills him. When his reason is restored, Frodo doubts that he has the strength to complete his mission. Inspired by the “great stories,” Sam says that all heroes doubt themselves, but they hold on, knowing that the good in the world is worth fighting for. Sam’s words are heeded by Faramir, who decides to release them. At Helm’s Deep, surveying the aftermath of battle, Gandalf predicts war for Middle-earth. Meanwhile, Frodo, Sam and Gollum have resumed their journey. Sam predicts that Frodo’s efforts will be put into songs and tales, and suggests that Frodo might become the most “famousist of hobbits.” Amused, Frodo says that “Samwise the Brave” is important to that story. Still feeling betrayed, Gollum mutters mysteriously to himself that “she” will make sure the Hobbits are dead, and then he can have his “precious” again. In a saccharine-sweet voice, Gollum calls out to the Hobbits to follow him and they continue on to Mordor and the fires of Mount Doom.

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