The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

PG-13 | 200 mins | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy | 17 December 2003

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Director:

Peter Jackson

Cinematographer:

Andrew Lesnie

Production Designer:

Grant Major

Production Companies:

New Line Cinema, Wingnut Films
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HISTORY

The Return of the King is the third and final episode of The Lord of the Rings trilogy based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s epic of the same name. The three films were released in consecutive Decembers, from 2001 through 2003. For further information about J. R. R. Tolkien, his works, the film trilogy and the first and second episodes, please see the entries above and below for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers , respectively.
       As in the previous two films of the trilogy, The Return of the King has no opening cast or crew credits. Within the end credits, some cast members are credited twice. In the first appearance, most of the lead performers are credited on individual title cards, with each actor’s name superimposed over a line drawing of his or her character. During this sequence, only Andy Serkis’ credit provides a corresponding character name; his credit reads: “featuring Andy Serkis as Gollum.” The second cast list, which scrolls, begins with the credit: “Featuring VOICE OF THE RING Alan Howard” and then proceeds alphabetically with each actor’s name, beginning with Noel Appleby as “Everard Proudfoot” and ending with Elijah Wood as “Frodo.” Later, within the crew credits, actors serving as “additional character voices” and “featured orcs” are listed as a group. Also credited here are the appearances of Billy and Katie Jackson, the offspring of producer-director-writer Peter Jackson and producer-screenwriter Fran Walsh, who are listed as “featured children.” Alexandra Astin, the daughter of Sean Astin, the actor ... More Less

The Return of the King is the third and final episode of The Lord of the Rings trilogy based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s epic of the same name. The three films were released in consecutive Decembers, from 2001 through 2003. For further information about J. R. R. Tolkien, his works, the film trilogy and the first and second episodes, please see the entries above and below for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers , respectively.
       As in the previous two films of the trilogy, The Return of the King has no opening cast or crew credits. Within the end credits, some cast members are credited twice. In the first appearance, most of the lead performers are credited on individual title cards, with each actor’s name superimposed over a line drawing of his or her character. During this sequence, only Andy Serkis’ credit provides a corresponding character name; his credit reads: “featuring Andy Serkis as Gollum.” The second cast list, which scrolls, begins with the credit: “Featuring VOICE OF THE RING Alan Howard” and then proceeds alphabetically with each actor’s name, beginning with Noel Appleby as “Everard Proudfoot” and ending with Elijah Wood as “Frodo.” Later, within the crew credits, actors serving as “additional character voices” and “featured orcs” are listed as a group. Also credited here are the appearances of Billy and Katie Jackson, the offspring of producer-director-writer Peter Jackson and producer-screenwriter Fran Walsh, who are listed as “featured children.” Alexandra Astin, the daughter of Sean Astin, the actor who portrays “Sam Gamgee” in the trilogy, appears in The Return of the King near the end of the film as Sam’s daughter, “Eleanor Gamgee.” According to a 14 Dec 2003 LAT article, Royd Tolkien, the great-grandson of J. R. R., and Royd’s friend, Justin Nicholls, appear briefly in the film as "Gondorian rangers."
       The following information is taken from the studio presskit: End credits include a “personal thanks” from the “Filmmakers” to several individuals and organizations “for their contribution" to the making of the movie, among them, E-Film and various New Zealand governmental agencies. The acknowledgment is followed by a “special thanks,” which reads: “to Peter Nelson & Ken Kamins and to the thousands of others who helped make this film a reality.” The film’s dedication names “Carla Fry, Brian Bansgrove and Brent Robb,” and “Joan Jackson and Bill Jackson,” for whom the films, The Two Towers and The Fellowship of the Ring were also dedicated, respectively. Before the dedication, the following inscription in the Maori language appears: “ Me mahara tonu tātou ngā Uri-āpakura nō tuānuku nei, nō te wāotū, te tu kekēhua ana o ngā Eldarin kua hohoū mai i te Uru-moana .” According to a Jan 2004 NYT article, the running time of the end credits is nine minutes and thirty-three seconds, possibly a record length. Production crew credits, excluding the cast, number over 1,670 names.
       During the film, whenever characters speak in the fictional Elvish language invented by Tolkien, English subtitles appear onscreen. 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. Voice-over narration by various characters is heard intermittently throughout the film. As in the previous productions, the evil “Sauron” is presented as a giant eye and a disembodied, almost whispering male voice. The eye appears in different settings: in a character’s mind, in the crystal ball known as "Saruman’s" “seeing stone” or atop Sauron’s fortress tower at Barad-Dur between spiked pinnacles. Early in the film, when "Pippin" becomes entranced with the seeing stone, it appears to be flaming in his hands. When the power of the infamous ring that Frodo bears is activated, its effect on the character is shown by brief slow-motion shots, and by throbbing pulses enhanced with mechanized, reverberating sounds. Throughout the film, flashes of memory and slow-motion visions are experienced by different characters. The film ends with voice-over by Elijah Wood, as Frodo, telling Sam that his part of the story will go on.
       The Return of the King opens with a flashback to Gollum’s distant past, when he was a hobbit-like creature known as “Smeagol.” During this scene, Smeagol kills his brother Deagol to attain the “ring of power” that is central to the story, and, then, in a montage, Smeagol is shown to deteriorate mentally and physically, over many years, into the wretched creature known as Gollum. During the montage, and as the scene changes to the film’s “present,” Serkis, who plays “Gollum,” is heard speaking in voice-over narration. The opening scene is the only time in the trilogy that Serkis is shown without extensive computer-generated effects. According to a Dec 2003 DV article, Weta Digital developed a software tool called subsurface scattering in order to make Gollum look more realistic. To read more about the making of Gollum, which Jackson describes as “probably the most actor-driven digital creature that has ever been used in a film,” see the note in the entry below for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers .
       The film contains many computer-generated characters, such as the good Ents, who appeared in the second film, and most of the villainous characters, who have appeared throughout the films. As the LAT reviewer quipped, “viewers…have likely seen enough bad-tempered Orcs to last them a lifetime.” New to the third film is the character of Shelob, an enormous, digitally rendered spider that was only referred to briefly by Gollum in the second film, and is seen fully in The Return of the King . Studio production notes state that the appearance of the creature is based on New Zealand’s tunnel web spider, of which the arachnophobic Jackson was particularly terrified as a child. Shelob appears in Tolkien’s book The Two Towers , but was moved by the screenwriters to the third episode. Another CG beast featured in the film is the multi-tusked, elephant-like Mumakil, which not only stomp and crush their opposition, but swing their heads, allowing their tusks to sweep the enemy aside like golf balls. Also new to the third film in the trilogy are the ghost warriors, who are a multitude of green transparent creatures with skull-like features.
       As expressed in the HR review, the screenwriters made “noteworthy departures” from Tolkien’s book, including ”such crucial moments as what happens when Frodo is finally standing on a ledge over the Crack of Doom...and how Aragorn makes use of the Army of the Dead that only he can command.” Although “whole swaths of the book have been condensed,” the review reports that Jackson and company “usually realize splendidly whatever they can take on.” Referring to the events in the story that happen after the fall of Sauron, several reviews noted that a series of “codas” or endings finished the film, with each showing what happened to the various characters after the war, such as Aragorn’s coronation, the Hobbits' return to the Shire and the departure of the last elf ship to the West. After some of these sequences, the screen goes to black before the next begins. While the LAT review felt that the film was “unsure of where it ought to end,” the HR review noted that after “the battle...winds down to a sublime denouement, [the film takes] only 20 minutes to wrap up [what] Tolkien took a hundred pages.”
       The three Lord of the Ring films were shot entirely in New Zealand. According to studio production notes for The Return of the King , the battles at the fictional Pelennor Fields were staged and shot on a sheep farm at Twizel, South Island. Using state-of-the-arts computer-generated effects, Jackson’s company, Weta Digital, added most of the 200,000 warriors. The Var review described the sequence as “the mother of all cinematic battles.” Outside of Wellington, the set for Minas Tirith was constructed at the Dry Creek Quarry. Sequences set in the wasteland of Mordor were shot on location in Mount Ruapehu. An exterior set was built in Deerpark Heights, located near Queenstown, for the Paths of the Dead ghost soldier sequence. As in the previous films, miniature and “bigature” facsimiles of the sets were used for various shots and, according to studio notes, most of the miniatures were built on stages at Stone Street Studios, Wellington.
       According to various sources, although additional shooting for The Return of the King occurred in 2002 and 2003, principal photography for that film and its predecessors, The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers , occurred between Oct 1999 and Dec 2000. The simultaneous production of the film and its sequels, which appears to be the first in film history, was made possible by the willingness of New Line Cinema, the production company for the films, to invest in the sequels before determining the box office power of the first film. In a Dec 2003 NYT article, Jackson described New Line’s backing as an “old-fashioned bit of entrepreneurial bravura.” According to a Dec 2003 NYT article, the first two films earned $1.8 billion worldwide and the Var review exclaimed that “ancillary benefits from various versions and packaging will issue forth close to forever.” Various versions have been released on video and DVD, with extended versions of each film including scenes cut from the theatrical releases. One of the scenes added to the extended DVD version of The Return of the King was the death of Saruman, who does not appear in the theatrical release of the third film.
       According to a Dec 2003 USA Today article, Ballantine’s mass-market paperbacks of the Ring trilogy and The Hobbit had recently sold more than sixty-eight million copies, compared to the thirty-two million copies of the four books sold between 1965 and 2001. According to the article, Ballantine‘s Colleen B. Lindsay, who is in charge of promoting the books, reported that letters children write the deceased Tolkien via the publisher have increased from “a dozen or so” per year to the hundreds.
       The country of New Zealand, which contributed financially to the making of the film, gleaned 23,000 jobs for its citizens. Taking advantage of the “Frodo economy,” as it was called in the press, the national tourism department advertised vacation sites with slogans such as “Best Supporting Country in a Motion Picture.” According to a Dec 2003 The Times (London) article, Wellington was locally nicknamed “Wellywood.” Commemorating the film, the British Royal Mint minted 50p, £1 and £2 coins depicting the characters from the story as legal tender. Given the honor of staging the world premiere of the final film, the city of Wellington, according to a 21 Dec 2003 LAT article, invested approximately $4.8 million to overhaul the city’s classic Embassy Theatre. Approximately 125,000 people attended the event, according to a Dec 2003 The Times (London) news item, among them, New Zealand’s prime minister, Helen Clark. A five-kilometer parade preceded the premiere, led by Jackson and the film’s stars, flanked by characters clad in armor and on black horses. Atop the theater, according to the BBC website, was a twenty-meter high model of a Fell Beast and Nazgul rider. The Wellington premiere was followed by openings in London and Los Angeles that were equally successful.
       The Time magazine review called the film “an epic with literature’s depth and opera’s splendor--and one that could only be achieved in the movies.” Comparing the Ring cycle to other recent film trilogies, reviews praised The Lord of the Rings as the best, but noted that it had the advantage of being shot all at once and being previously written by an acclaimed author. The Var review lauded “the literate, generally well-structured overall script, the perfection of the New Zealand locations, the visionary scenic designs, the exceptional visual effects, the costumes, hair and armor and the excellent cast--perhaps the most impressive feat of all has been Jackson’s ability to keep it all in his head through the years and deliver a cohesive work with a proper sense of balance and proportion.”
       The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King , like its two predecessors, was selected as one of AFI’s top ten films of 2003. The film won Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture--Drama, Best Director, Best Original Score--Motion Picture and Best Original Song--Motion Picture for "Into the West." In addition, Jackson, Walsh and Barrie M. Osborne received the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures by the Producers Guild. Jackson also received a Directors Guild of America award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film and was nominated by the Directors Guild of Great Britain for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in International Film. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association named Peter Jackson Best Director and Grant Major Best Production Designer for 2003, while the New York Film Critics Circle named the film the Best Picture of the year. The picture also won the Screen Actors Guild for Best Acting by an Ensemble and from the Art Directors Guild for Best Production Design of a Period or Fantasy Film. The Broadcast Film Critics Association gave Critics' Choice Awards to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Ensemble Cast and Best Composer. The film garnered several BAFTA awards and nominations, among them, Best Film of the Year. In 2005, the song "Into the West" won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Media.
       The Academy Awards named The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King as Best Picture of 2003, over its competition, Lost in Translation , Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World , Mystic River and Seabisuit . Other Academy Awards it received were: Best Art Direction, Costume Design, Film Editing, Makeup, Original Score, Original Song (“Into the West”), Sound, Visual Effects and Adapted Screenplay. In addition, Jackson was named Best Director. Having won a total of eleven Oscars, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King tied with M-G-M’s 1959 Ben-Hur and Twentieth Century Fox’s 1997 Titanic for the record of winning the most Oscars in the Academy’s history. Of the three films, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is the only film to win all Oscars for which it was nominated.
       In its review of the final film in the trilogy, the Var review stated that, Jackson, after seven years of work, “has pulled off one of the most ambitious and phenomenally successful dream projects of all time, a complete visual rendering of a 1,000-page literary classic beloved by countless readers internationally, a set of films that satisfied the Tolkien purists and, when all is said and done, will generate well upwards of $3 billion in all markets.” After completing his seven-year-long project, Jackson wrote in his studio notes that “the trilogy is truly out of my hands now and in the hands of those for whom these films were made” and that he is “happy to let these films…become whatever this generation, or future generations, make of them."
       In Mar 2006, a $27 million, 3 ½ hour, musical stage adaptation of The Lord of the Rings , written by Shaun McKenna and Matthew Warchus and produced by Kevin Wallace, opened in Toronto, Canada. Although the show was the most expensive theater production to date, and won several local performing arts awards, it opened to mixed critical reviews. Plans to close the show in early Sep were announced in Jun 2006; however, Wallace announced that, after some revisions, the show would open in London, “its spiritual home,” in Jun 2007.
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Jan 2004
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3 Dec 2003
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Daily Variety
8 Dec 2003
p. 6, 16.
Entertainment Weekly
19 Dec 2003
pp. 51-52.
Hollywood Reporter
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Life
Oct 2003
pp. 48-49, 81.
Los Angeles Daily News
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17 Dec 2003
U-Entertainment, p. 4.
Los Angeles Times
24 Oct 2003
p. 1, 4.
Los Angeles Times
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21 Dec 2003
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New York Times
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Newsweek
1 Dec 2003
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CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Cast in alphabetical order
Featured Orcs
Featured children
Additional character voices
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Wingnut Films Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2d unit dir
2d unit dir
1st asst 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 asst dir, Lava & paths of the dead miniatures u
Key 2d asst dir
Key 2d asst dir
Key 2d asst dir, 2d unit
Key 2d asst dir, 2d unit
Addl 2d asst dir, 2d unit
Addl 2d asst dir, 2d unit
Addl 2d asst dir, 2d unit
Addl 2d asst dir, 2d unit
2d 2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
3rd asst dir
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 dir of photog
Visual eff dir of photog, Miniatures unit
Dir of photog, Lava & paths of the dead miniatures
Dir of photog, Lava & paths of the dead miniatures
VFX cine, Weta Digital
Sky photog, Weta Digital
Cam pilot
Cam op
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
Focus puller, Miniatures unit
Focus puller, Miniatures unit
Focus puller, Lava & paths of the dead miniatures
Focus puller, Lava & paths of the dead miniatures
Clapper loader
Clapper loader
Clapper loader
Clapper loader
Clapper loader
Clapper loader
Clapper loader
Clapper loader
Clapper loader
Clapper loader, Miniatures unit
Clapper loader, Lava & paths of the dead miniature
Spacecam tech
Wescam tech
Wescam tech
Video assist op
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
Supv chief lighting tech
Chief lighting tech
Chief lighting tech
Chief lighting tech
Chief lighting tech
Chief lighting tech, Lava & paths of the dead mini
Chief lighting tech, Lava & paths of the dead mini
Key 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, Miniatures unit
Lighting tech, Miniatures unit
Lighting tech, Miniatures unit
Lighting tech, Miniatures unit
Lighting tech, Lava & paths of the dead miniatures
Lighting tech, Lava & paths of the dead miniatures
Generator op
Generator op
Generator op
Rigging
Rigging
Rigging
Rigging
Rigging
Rigging
Rigging
Rigging
Lighting console op
Lighting console op
Lighting console op
Lighting coord
Supv key grip
Key grip/Motion control
Key grip
Key grip
Key grip, Miniatures unit
Key grip, Lava & paths of the dead miniatures unit
Dolly grip
Dolly grip
Dolly grip
Dolly grip
Best boy
Best boy
Best boy
Grip
Grip
Grip coord
Grip, Miniatures unit
Grip, Miniatures unit
Grip, Miniatures unit
Grip, Lava & paths of the dead miniatures unit
Grip, Lava & paths of the dead miniatures unit
Grip, Lava & paths of the dead miniatures unit
Motion control op
Motion control, Miniatures unit
Motion control, Miniatures unit
Motion control, Miniatures unit
Mocon eng, Miniatures unit
Lunar crane op
Stills photog
Landscape stills photog
Addl stills
Spacecam Aerial Cam Systems provided by
Wescam provided by
Lighting equipment supplied by
Cam & lenses 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
Art dept mgr
Art dept coord
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
with
Film ed
1st asst ed
Visual eff ed
Visual eff ed
VFX ed, Weta Digital
Assoc VFX ed, Weta Digital
2d asst ed, Weta Digital
Ed asst, Weta Digital
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Apprentice asst ed
Apprentice asst ed
Film conformer
Film conformer
Film conformer
Projectionist
Projectionist, Miniatures unit
Editorial prod asst
Editorial prod asst
Video split op, Miniatures unit
Video split op, Lava & paths of the dead miniature
Telecine
Telecine
Lab liaison
Tech mgr
Negative cutter
Scanned on
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
Props master
Props buyer
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
Draughtsperson
Draughtsperson
Draughtsperson
Draughtsperson
Draughtsperson
Draughtsperson
Draughtsperson
Model maker
Model maker
Supv set finisher
Supv eng
Supv sculptor
Head sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Sculptor
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Asst dresser
Asst dresser
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Const supv
Const mgr
Const mgr
Const foreman
Const foreman
Const foreman
Const foreman
Const foreman
Leading hand
Leading hand
Leading hand
Leading hand
Leading hand
Leading hand
Leading hand
Leading hand
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
Labourer
Labourer
Labourer
Labourer
Labourer
Labourer
Labourer
Labourer
Labourer
Labourer
Labourer
Labourer
Labourer
Greensmaster
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 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
Physical eff tech
Physical eff tech
Physical eff tech
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost des
Ward mgr
Ward coord
Ward supv
Extras coord
Key standby ward
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 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
Ward on-set
Ward on-set
Ward on-set
Ward on-set
Ward on-set
Armour weapons supv, Weta Workshop
Armour weapons supv, Weta Workshop
Leather craftsman, Weta Workshop
Sword smith, Weta Workshop
Chain maille, Weta Workshop
Chain maille, Weta Workshop
Armoursmith, Weta Workshop
Armoursmith, 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
Amour weapons/Standby, Weta Workshop
Amour weapons/Standby, Weta Workshop
Amour weapons/Standby, Weta Workshop
Amour weapons/Standby, Weta Workshop
Amour 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
Jewelry des of "One Ring"
Jewelry des of "One Ring"
MUSIC
Mus comp, orch and cond
Assoc mus prod
Score rec
Mus performed by
Featured soloist
Featured soloist
Featured soloist
Featured soloist
Featured soloist
Choir master
Choir master
Mus contractor
Mus contractor
Mus prod coord
Mus prod coord
Mus ed
Mus ed
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
Mus preparation, UK
Mus preparation, UK
Mus preparation, UK
Mus preparation, UK
Mus preparation, UK
Mus preparation, UK
Mus preparation, UK
Mus preparation, UK
Mus preparation, UK
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
Addl re-rec mixer
Prod sd mixer
Boom op
Cable
Temp mixer
Temp mixer
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
Asst dial ed
ADR ed/Rec
1st asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Sd IT support
Post prod asst
Foley ed
Foley ed
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley eng
Foley eng
Sd facility mgr
VISUAL EFFECTS
Visual eff supv
Visual eff supv, Weta Digital
Visual eff prod
Visual eff prod, Weta Digital
Visual eff concept des
Visual eff consultant
Visual eff art dir
Visual eff art dir
Concept artist
Concept artist
Previs artist
Previs artist
Previs artist
Previs artist
Previs artist
Digital artist, Rythym & Hues
Digital artist, Rythym & Hues
Coord
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
Model tech, Miniatures unit
Model tech, Miniatures unit
Model tech, Miniatures unit
Model tech, Miniatures unit
Model tech, Lava & paths of the dead miniatures un
Model tech, Lava & paths of the dead miniatures un
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
Spec makeup, creatures, armour, weapons and miniat
Digital visual eff des and created by
Models supv, Weta Digital
Creature supv, Weta Digital
Massive supv, Weta Digital
Software dev supv, Weta Digital
Massive crowd software developer
Chief tech officer, Weta Digital
Digital operations mgr, Weta Digital
Digital image supv, Weta Digital
Digital systems architect, Weta Digital
Paint & roto supv, Weta Digital
Anim des & supv by, Weta Digital
Anim 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
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
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 lead, Weta Digital
Anim TD, Weta Digital
Anim TD, Weta Digital
Anim TD, Weta Digital
Anim dept mgr, Weta Digital
3D supv, Weta Digital
3D seq supv, Weta Digital
3D seq supv, Weta Digital
3D seq supv, Weta Digital
3D seq supv, 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 seq lead TD, Weta Digital
3D seq lead TD, Weta Digital
3D seq lead TD, Weta Digital
3D seq lead TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D lighting TD, Weta Digital
3D dept coord, Weta Digital
Barad Dur destruction lead, Weta Digital
Lead environment TD, Weta Digital
Lead environment TD, Weta Digital
Shader writer, Weta Digital
Shader writer, Weta Digital
Shader writer, Weta Digital
2D supv, Weta Digital
2D seq supv, Weta Digital
2D seq supv, Weta Digital
2D seq supv, 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
2D dept coord, Weta Digital
Lead compositor, Weta Digital
Lead compositor, Weta Digital
Lead compositor, Weta Digital
Lead compositor, Weta Digital
Lead compositor, Weta Digital
Lead compositor, Weta Digital
Lead compositor, Weta Digital
Lead compositor, Weta Digital
Lead compositor, Weta Digital
Lead compositor, Weta Digital
Lead compositor, Weta Digital
Lead compositor, Sandbox Pictures
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
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, Oktobor Films
Compositor, Oktobor Films
Compositor, Oktobor Films
Compositor, Oktobor Films
Compositor, Oktobor Films
Compositor, Oktobor Films
Compositor, Oktobor Films
Compositor, Oktobor Films
Compositor, Oktobor Films
Digital compositor, Sandbox Pictures
Compositing inferno artist, Rythym & Hues
Compositing inferno artist, Rythym & Hues
Compositing inferno artist, Rythym & Hues
Compositing inferno artist, Rythym & Hues
Compositing inferno artist, Rythym & Hues
Compositing inferno artist, Rythym & Hues
Compositing inferno artist, Rythym & Hues
Compositing inferno artist, Rythym & Hues
Inferno artist, Weta Digital
Inferno artist, Weta Digital
2d I/O inferno asst, Rythym & Hues
2d I/O inferno asst, Rythym & Hues
2d I/O inferno asst, Rythym & Hues
Head of matte painting, Weta Digital
Senior matte painter, Weta Digital
Senior matte painter, Weta Digital
Senior matte painter, Weta Digital
Senior matte painter, Weta Digital
Senior matte painter, Weta Digital
Matte painting coord, Weta Digital
Lead digital modeller, Weta Digital
Lead digital modeller, Weta Digital
Lead digital modeller, Weta Digital
Lead digital modeller, Weta Digital
Lead digital modeller, Weta Digital
Lead 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
Digital modeller, Weta Digital
Digital modeller, Weta Digital
Digital modeller, Weta Digital
Lead creature TD, Weta Digital
Lead creature TD, Weta Digital
Lead creature TD, Weta Digital
Creature facial lead, Weta Digital
Creature FX art dir, Weta Digital
Rotomation tech supv, 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
Creature TD, Weta Digital
Lead texture painter, Weta Digital
Lead texture painter, Weta Digital
Lead texture painter, Weta Digital
Lead texture painter, Weta Digital
Lead 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
Texture painter, Weta Digital
Texture painter, Weta Digital
Lead Massive TD, Weta Digital
Lead Massive TD, Weta Digital
Lead Massive TD, Weta Digital
Massive TD, Weta Digital
Massive TD, Weta Digital
Massive TD, Weta Digital
Massive TD, Weta Digital
Massive TD, Weta Digital
Massive TD, Weta Digital
Motion capture tech provided by
Mocap/Massive coord, Weta Digital
Mocap supv, Weta Digital
Mocap asst dir, Weta Digital
Mocap combat choreographer, Weta Digital
Mocap combat choreographer, Weta Digital
Mocap combat choreographer, Weta Digital
Mocap tech, Weta Digital
Mocap studio TD, Weta Digital
Mocap stage mgr, Weta Digital
Mocap stage hand, Weta Digital
Mocap stage hand, Weta Digital
Motion ed lead TD, Weta Digital
Motion ed lead, Weta Digital
Senior motion ed, Weta Digital
Mocap/Anim asst, 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
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
On-set tech, Weta Digital
On-set tech, Weta Digital
On-set tech, Weta Digital
On-set tech, Weta Digital
On-set tech, Weta Digital
On-set tech, Weta Digital
On-set tech, Weta Digital
Cam TD, Weta Digital
Cam TD, Weta Digital
Cam TD, Weta Digital
Cam TD, Weta Digital
Cam TD, Weta Digital
Cam TD, Weta Digital
Cam TD, Weta Digital
Cam TD, Weta Digital
Cam TD, Weta Digital
Cam TD, Weta Digital
Cam TD, Weta Digital
Cam TD, Weta Digital
Senior software developer, Weta Digital
Software developer, Weta Digital
Software developer, Weta Digital
Software developer, Weta Digital
Pipeline eng supv, Weta Digital
Pipeline eng, Weta Digital
Pipeline 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
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
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
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
3D artist, Sandbox Pictures
Seq mgr, Weta Digital
Seq mgr, Weta Digital
Seq mgr, Weta Digital
Seq mgr, Weta Digital
Seq mgr, Weta Digital
Digital imaging eng, Weta Digital
Digital resource mgr, Weta Digital
Digital resource coord, Weta Digital
Pre-prod coord, Weta Digital
Code/Cam coord, Weta Digital
IT coord, Weta Digital
Post coord, Oktobor Films
I/O coord, Rythym & Hues
Scanning coord, Weta Digital
Scan/Record supv, Weta Digital
Scan/Record tech, Weta Digital
Systems mgr, Weta Digital
Systems support, Weta Digital
Systems admin, Sandbox Pictures
System admin, Weta Digital
System admin, Weta Digital
System admin, Weta Digital
System admin, Weta Digital
System admin, Weta Digital
Macintosh programmer, Weta Digital
Tech support lead, Weta Digital
Tech support lead, Weta Digital
Tech support, Weta Digital
Tech support, Weta Digital
Tech support, Weta Digital
Tech support, 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
System coder, Weta Digital
System coder, Weta Digital
C4 coding supv, Tweak Films
C4 coding TD, Tweak Films
Wrangling mgr, Weta Digital
Render/Data wrangler, Weta Digital
Render/Data wrangler, Weta Digital
Render/Data wrangler, Weta Digital
Render/Data wrangler, Weta Digital
Render/Data wrangler, Weta Digital
Render/Data wrangler, Weta Digital
Render/Data wrangler, Weta Digital
Render/Data wrangler, Weta Digital
Render/Data wrangler, Weta Digital
Render/Data wrangler, Weta Digital
VFX prod R&D/Pre, Weta Digital
VFX prod, Oktobor Films
VFX prod, Rythym & Hues
VFX prod, Rising Sun Pictures
Prod, Rythym & Hues
Line prod, Sandbox Pictures
VFX supv, Oktobor Films
VFX supv, Sandbox Pictures
Digital FX supv R&D/Pre, Weta Digital
Digital FX supv, Rythym & Hues
Digital FX supv, Rising Sun Pictures
Digital lead, Rythym & Hues
Titles by
Des
Layout by
Rendered with
MAKEUP
Spec makeup, creatures, armour and 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
Makeup & hair
Wig tech
Wigmaker
Wigmaker
Wigmaker
Wigmaker
Optometrist
Spec makeup, creatures, armour, weapons and miniat
Prosthetics supv, Weta Workshop
Designer/Sculptor, Weta Workshop
Designer/Sculptor, Weta Workshop
Designer/Sculptor, Weta Workshop
Designer/Sculptor, Weta Workshop
Designer/Sculptor, Weta Workshop
Designer/Sculptor, Weta Workshop
Designer/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
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
Mechanist/Eng, Weta Workshop
PRODUCTION MISC
UK casting
UK casting
U.S. casting
New Zealand casting
Australian casting
N.Z. cast coord
Extras casting coord
Extras casting coord
Extras casting coord
Extras casting coord
Unit prod mgr
Unit prod mgr
1B prod mgr
Prod mgr, 2d unit
Prod mgr, 2d unit
Prod mgr, Miniatures unit
Visual eff prod mgr
Prod mgr, Weta Digital
Prod mgr, Lava & paths of the dead miniatures unit
Senior prod mgr, Weta Workshop
On-set prod mgr, Weta Workshop
Prod mgr, Weta Workshop
Prod mgr, Weta Workshop
Prod mgr, Weta Workshop
Prod mgr, Weta Workshop
Prod mgr R&D/Pre, Weta Digital
Unit mgr
Unit mgr
Unit mgr
Unit mgr
Unit coord
Exec in charge of prod
Exec in charge of finance
Exec in charge of post prod
Exec in charge of visual eff
Bus & legal affairs exec
Exec in charge of film investment
Exec in charge of mus
Mus bus affairs exec
Mus bus affairs exec
Exec prod, Rythym & Hues
The Film Unit CEO
Post prod supv
Post prod supv
Workshop mgr, Weta Workshop
Workshop supv, Weta Workshop
Supv unit loc mgr
Supv loc mgr
Loc mgr
Loc mgr
Loc coord
Advance loc coord
Advance loc coord
Loc scout
Loc asst
Cultural fighting styles
Scr supv
Scr supv
Scr supv, Miniatures unit
Scr supv, Lava & paths of the dead miniatures unit
Tech cont
Supv dialect coach
Key dialect coach
Dialect coach
Dialect coach
Tolkien linguist
Pub coord, Weta Digital
Archivist
Recruitment, Weta Digital
HR mgr, Weta Digital
HR asst, Weta Digital
Horse trainer
Horse trainer
Horse coord
Stable foreman
Horse makeup/Rider
Tech adv
Tech adv
[Riding] Instructor
[Riding] Instructor
Safety rider
Safety rider
Coord
Veterinarian
Veterinarian
Farrier
Paramedic/Safety
Safety/Medic
Safety/Medic
Security coord
Transport mgr
Transport coord
Transport coord
Transport coord
Transport capt
Transport capt
Transport capt
Transport capt
Co-capt
Co-capt
Co-capt
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Mechanic
Mechanic
Transport asst
Facility mgr
Facility mgr, Weta Digital
Head of facilities, Weta Digital
Facility tech, Weta Digital
Housing coord, Weta Digital
Housing coord, Weta Digital
Catering by
Craft services
Craft services
IT support
IT support
IT support
Financial controller
New Line controller
Accountant
Accountant
Accountant
Wingnut Films Accountant
Workshop accountant, Weta Workshop
Prod accountant, Weta Digital
Accounts asst
Accounts asst
Accounts asst
Accounts asst
Accounts asst
Accounts asst
Accounts asst, Weta Digital
Payroll
Payroll
Payroll
Payroll
Prod attorney
Prod legal consultant
Contract admin
Contract admin
New Line post prod services
New Line post prod services
New Line post prod services
New Zealand legal counsel
New Zealand legal counsel
Turner risk management
Turner risk management
Turner risk management
Safety & loss control
New Zealand insurance services
Addl insurance services
Completion guaranty by
Investment consultant
Extras wrangler
Extras wrangler
Set asst
Set asst
Set asst
Set asst
Set asst
Set asst
Set asst
Unit asst
Unit asst
Unit asst
Unit asst
Unit asst
Unit asst
Unit asst
Unit asst
Unit asst
Unit asst
Unit asst
Unit asst
Unit asst
New Line coord
Prod coord
Prod coord
Visual eff prod coord
Visual eff prod coord
Prod coord, Lava & paths of the dead miniatures un
Prod coord, Rythym & Hues
Asst prod coord
Asst prod coord
Asst prod coord
Asst prod coord
Key prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst, Wingnut Films
Prod asst, Wingnut Films
Prod asst, Miniatures unit
Prod asst, Weta Workshop
Prod asst, Weta Workshop
Prod asst, Weta Workshop
Prod asst, Weta Workshop
Visual eff prod asst
Visual eff prod asst
Visual eff prod asst
Key prod runner
Films runner, Wingnut Films
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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
Prod runner, Weta Digital
Prod runner, Weta Digital
Prod runner, Weta Digital
Prod runner, Miniatures unit
Prod runner, Miniatures unit
Prod runner, Miniatures unit
Prod runner, Lava & paths of the dead miniatures u
Art dept runner
Art dept runner
Art dept runner
Art dept runner
Asst to Peter Jackson & Fran Walsh
Asst to Peter Jackson & Fran Walsh/Extras wrangler
Asst to Barrie M. Osborne
Asst to Barrie M. Osborne
Asst to Richard Taylor, Weta Workshop
Prod's cast liaison
Prod's asst
VFX prod's asst, Weta Digital
Asst to R&D VFX prod, Weta Digital
Geoff Murphy's asst
STAND INS
Stunt coord
N.Z. stunt coord
Asst stunt coord
N.Z. asst stunt coord
Stunt rigger
Stunt performer
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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
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Riding double
Riding double
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Rider/Wrangler
Rider/Wrangler
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Rider/Wrangler
Rider/Wrangler
Rider/Wrangler
Rider/Wrangler
Rider/Wrangler
Rider/Wrangler
Rider/Wrangler
Rider/Wrangler
Rider/Wrangler
Rider/Wrangler
Rider/Wrangler
Rider/Wrangler
Rider/Wrangler
Rider/Wrangler
Rider/Wrangler
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COLOR PERSONNEL
Supv digital colourist
Digital colour grading
Lead colourist
Digital colourist
Digital colourist
Tech supv
Imaging technology supv
Conforming & I/O supv
Colourist asst
Colourist asst
Digital film grading system
Colour & telecine dailies by
Colour timer
Colour timer, Weta Digital
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Return of the King: Being the Third Part of "The Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien (London, 1954).
SONGS
"Into the West," words and music by Howard Shore, Fran Walsh and Annie Lennox, performed by Annie Lennox, Annie Lennox appears courtesy of BMG Ariola Munchen GmbH.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Release Date:
17 December 2003
Premiere Information:
World premiere in Wellington, New Zealand: 1 Dec 2003; London opening: 11 Dec 2003
Production Date:
11 Oct 1999--22 Dec 2000 at Camperdown Studios, Wellington, New Zealand; addl seq shot in 2002 and 2003
Copyright Claimants:
Lord Dritte Productions Deutschland Filmproduktion, GmbH & Co. KG. New Line Productions, Inc.
Copyright Dates:
5 February 2004 5 February 2004
Copyright Numbers:
PA0001201547 PA0001201547
Physical Properties:
Sound
SDDS (Sony Dynamic Digital Sound); Dolby Digital EX; dts Digital Sound in selected theatres
Color
Fujifilm
Widescreen/ratio
Arriflex widescreen
Lenses/Prints
photographed on Kodak Motion Picture Film; prints by DeLuxe
Duration(in mins):
200
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Countries:
New Zealand, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
40415
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Middle-earth, an alliance of Humans, Elves, the tree-like Ents and others has defeated the armies of Orcs, Urak-Hais and other evil creatures ruled by the Dark Lord Sauron in two great battles. However, the benevolent beings of Middle-earth are still in danger from the power-hungry Sauron, who searches for the ring of power that will insure his dominion over the world. Still undiscovered by Sauron is the present bearer of the ring, the little Hobbit Frodo Baggins, who is journeying to the Sauron-held land of Mordor with the ring, planning to destroy it in the only way possible, by tossing it into the fires of Mount Doom. Frodo grows weaker from the burden of carrying the ring, whose dark magic physically and mentally weakens its bearer, and so must increasingly rely on the strength of his loyal and caring friend, Hobbit Samwise Gamgee. Guiding them to their destination is Gollum, a former ringbearer who has been twisted by his obsession to repossess it and who is secretly planning to kill them. Although Sam is suspicious of Gollum, Frodo is blinded to the creature’s deception. Frodo and Sam are former members of a fellowship of nine who volunteered to destroy the ring. Their compatriots are the Human Aragorn, Legolas the Elf, Gimli the Dwarf, the White Wizard Gandalf and Hobbits Peregrin “Pippin” Took and Meriadoc “Merry” Brandybuck. The ninth member of their group, the Human Boromir, was killed battling Sauron’s evil warriors, called Uraks. Although separated prior to the battles, the remaining six reunite and then join their allies in King Theoden’s land of Rohan to mourn their dead and celebrate their victory. ... +


In Middle-earth, an alliance of Humans, Elves, the tree-like Ents and others has defeated the armies of Orcs, Urak-Hais and other evil creatures ruled by the Dark Lord Sauron in two great battles. However, the benevolent beings of Middle-earth are still in danger from the power-hungry Sauron, who searches for the ring of power that will insure his dominion over the world. Still undiscovered by Sauron is the present bearer of the ring, the little Hobbit Frodo Baggins, who is journeying to the Sauron-held land of Mordor with the ring, planning to destroy it in the only way possible, by tossing it into the fires of Mount Doom. Frodo grows weaker from the burden of carrying the ring, whose dark magic physically and mentally weakens its bearer, and so must increasingly rely on the strength of his loyal and caring friend, Hobbit Samwise Gamgee. Guiding them to their destination is Gollum, a former ringbearer who has been twisted by his obsession to repossess it and who is secretly planning to kill them. Although Sam is suspicious of Gollum, Frodo is blinded to the creature’s deception. Frodo and Sam are former members of a fellowship of nine who volunteered to destroy the ring. Their compatriots are the Human Aragorn, Legolas the Elf, Gimli the Dwarf, the White Wizard Gandalf and Hobbits Peregrin “Pippin” Took and Meriadoc “Merry” Brandybuck. The ninth member of their group, the Human Boromir, was killed battling Sauron’s evil warriors, called Uraks. Although separated prior to the battles, the remaining six reunite and then join their allies in King Theoden’s land of Rohan to mourn their dead and celebrate their victory. There, Pippin becomes curious about the “seeing stone” confiscated by Gandalf from the defeated, corrupt wizard Saruman, who used it to communicate with Sauron. While examining the stone, Pippin becomes entranced by the eye of Sauron that suddenly appears in the stone and must be rescued by Gandalf. Afterward, Pippin tells Gandalf the visions he saw in the stone—a white tree and a burning city—and from this, Gandalf realizes that Sauron will soon attack Minas Tirith, the ancient City of Kings, and that Sauron now believes that Pippin is the ringbearer. Riding his white horse Shadowfax, Gandalf takes Pippin to the city because he believes the Hobbit will be safer under his care. Upon arriving in Minas Tirith, Gandalf finds Lord Denethor, the city’s steward, mad with grief over the death of his favorite son Boromir. When told of the impending attack, Denethor dementedly suspects that Aragorn, the heir to the throne, seeks to supplant him and refuses to act on Gandalf’s warning. Later, Gandalf tells Pippin that he senses Sauron has gathered forces from many places for the attack and tells the Hobbit about the Witchking, who is Sauron’s strongest commander. As Sauron’s armies march toward Minas Tirith, and the deadly Nazguls, led by the Witchking, fly over them, Gollum urges Frodo and Sam up a steep “secret stair.” Resenting Sam, Gollum plants the idea in Frodo’s weakening mind that Sam covets the ring. While the Hobbits sleep, Gollum discards their food supply, then accuses Sam of eating it. Later, seeing Frodo struggle with the ring, Sam offers to carry it while he recuperates, but Frodo, whose mind has been poisoned by Gollum’s insinuations, orders Sam to leave him. Meanwhile, Aragorn’s great love, the Elven princess Arwen, has joined the exodus of Elves leaving Middle-earth for the “undying lands” of the West. Although her father Elrond has claimed to foresee no chance for her future with Aragorn, she envisions her unborn child, the son of Aragorn, and realizes that there is a slim possibility of a life with him. Abandoning the Elven procession, she returns to Elrond, who reluctantly confirms her vision and realizes that, as she has chosen to relinquish her immortality, her fate is now tied to the success of Aragorn’s mission to overthrow Sauron. To save her from dying, Elrond has the broken blades of a sword belonging to Aragorn’s kingly ancestors reforged, which, according to an old prophecy, might help bring about the victory of the Humans. When Denethor does nothing to prepare for the coming battle in Minas Tirith, Gandalf has Pippin climb the beacon tower to light it, thus initiating the lighting of signal beacons across the land, which alerts the Kingdom of Rohan that Minas Tirith needs help. Theoden orders his nephew Eomer to gather his fighting men, while Eomer’s sister, Eowyn, longs to fight for her people, but cannot, because she is a woman. Drawn to Aragorn, she expresses confidence in his leadership. Meanwhile, Denethor’s younger son Faramir, whose valiant warriors failed to hold back the invaders at the river, orders his men to Minas Tirith. As they near the city, Nazguls riding flying reptiles called Fell Beasts pursue them. To allow the men to enter the city, Gandalf rides out and with a white light dispatches the Nazguls. Inside, Denethor chides Faramir for his failure and claims that he would have preferred that Faramir died in Boromir’s place. To win his father’s approval, Faramir leads his men on a suicide mission. As Faramir and his men ride out to certain death, Denethor orders Pippin to sing for him while he eats. At the Rohirrim encampment, Theoden and Aragorn realize that the enemy will seriously outnumber them. Eowyn, sympathetic to Merry’s wish to join the fight, makes him an esquire and gives him a sword, despite Eomer’s observation that the Hobbit’s arms are too short for battle. During the night, Elrond comes to Aragorn with the reforged sword of his people and foretells that more enemy warriors will be coming from the south. He suggests Aragorn’s only hope is to recruit the ghosts of warrior soldiers who reside in the mountains. Elrond assures him that, with the sword of his ancestors to prove that he is king, the soldiers will follow him into battle and urges him to become what he was born to be. Eowyn, however, seeing him saddle up, feels that he is abandoning the Rohans on the eve of battle. Sensing that she is attracted to him, Aragorn gently tells her that he is unable to give her what she seeks. Although Theoden places Eowyn in charge of those left behind, she disguises herself as a warrior, and with Merry riding along, leaves for war with the men. Aragorn, accompanied by Legolas and Gimli, rides into the mountain from which no man has been seen to return. Legolas explains to Gimli that the ghost warriors in the mountain have been cursed because they swore, and then reneged on, an allegiance to the last king of Gondor, from whom Aragorn is descended. Upon encountering the threatening ghosts inside the mountain, Aragorn shows his sword and demands that they fight for him in fulfillment of their promise. While the enemy amasses on Pelennor Fields at the base of Minas Tirith, Faramir’s horse drags his body to the gate, where it is taken to Denethor. As the Orcs and other enemy creatures attack and the walls of the city collapse, Denethor cries out for all to flee for their lives. With his staff, Gandalf knocks him out and takes command. During the ensuing battle, the soldiers of Minas Tirith fight valiantly and Pippin, despite his diminutive size, saves Gandalf’s life. Several miles away, Gollum abandons the unsuspecting Frodo in the tunnel inhabited by Shelob, a giant spider that he hopes will eat the Hobbit so that he can gain possession of the ring. Frodo becomes entangled in the spider’s web, but uses an elf light given to him by the Elf Queen Galadriel to hold the arachnid at bay. Upon escaping, Frodo is attacked by Gollum, but manages to fling him over the cliff before fainting. A vision of Galadriel urging him to carry out his task spurs Frodo to consciousness and he continues on, unaware that Shelob stalks him. She stings and wraps him in her webbing, but then must contend with Sam, who has returned and fights her off. Believing Frodo is dead, Sam hides when thugs from Sauron’s tower pass by, but is ashamed when they capture Frodo, who was merely poisoned. Sam follows and when the unruly thugs fight among themselves, he rescues Frodo. At Minas Tirith, Pippin realizes that Faramir is still alive and about to be burned on a funeral pyre by the crazed Denethor. With Gandalf’s help, Pippin rescues Faramir, but Denethor is killed in the fire. When Theoden and the Rohirrim arrive at Pelennor Fields, they initially succeed in attacking Sauron’s armies from behind, but when the Haradrim, a race of Humans from the south appear, riding the elephant-like Mumakil, the men are crushed and scattered by the beasts’ tusks. A valiant swordswoman, Eowyn saves Theoden from a deathblow from the Witchking, although Theoden ultimately dies from his wounds. After Merry saves Eowyn’s life, Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas arrive with the ghost warriors, and defeat Sauron’s troops. After the battle, Gandalf worries that Sam and Frodo must cross a great plains, where the enemy is regrouping, before climbing Mount Doom. At Aragorn’s suggestion, the fellowship and their allies attack the back gate of Mordor to divert Sauron’s attention. In Frodo’s name, they charge, and are soon reinforced by eagles called by Gandalf to help. As the fight rages, Frodo and Sam cross the plains in safety and Sam carries the exhausted Frodo up the mountain. Gollum attacks again, but Sam repels him, as Frodo continues climbing. Later, Sam finds Frodo at the Crack of Doom unable to release the ring into the fires. When Frodo slips the ring on his finger and disappears, Gollum finds him by his footprints and struggles with him, finally biting off his finger to get the ring. Gollum and the ring then fall off the precipice into the burning lava. As the ring dissolves below them, Sam pulls Frodo to safety. With the destruction of the ring, the enemy warriors fall and Sauron’s tower collapses. When Mount Doom erupts, Frodo and Sam, who have sought refuge on a large boulder as the molten lava flows around them, believe that their end is near, but they are rescued by Gandalf and the eagles and flown to safety. Later, Aragorn’s coronation is held at Minas Tirith, Elrond reunites the king with Arwen and the Hobbits are honored for their service to Middle-earth. Thirteen months after setting off on their original journey to Rivendell, the four Hobbits return to their beloved Shire. Although Sam starts a family, Frodo is unable to fit into his old life. While suffering from the wounds and injuries he incurred, he writes about their ordeal in a book started by his elderly uncle, Bilbo, many years before. After four years pass, Bilbo joins Elrond and Galadriel on the last Elf ship to the West. The Hobbits and Gandalf accompany him to the harbor, where Sam, Pippin and Merry are surprised to learn that Frodo and Gandalf are also leaving for the “undying lands.” Before the boat departs, Frodo gives Sam the book, in which he has left room for Sam to write his own story. Afterward, the tearful Sam finds solace with his family.
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