Mistakes happen in all great film productions, but it’s especially annoying when they destroy the illusion. If you look too closely at a scene from “The Lord of the Rings”, you may regret it…
Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy is one of the great cinematic epics of the past 20 years and still impresses today with its mammoth production effort, cutting-edge visual effects and unprecedented richness of detail. The payoff: a massive three billion dollar box office worldwide – and a total of 17 Oscars, with Part Three alone winning all eleven Oscars for which it was nominated.
Until the New Zealand director broached the subject, JRR Tolkien’s 1950s fantasy novels were considered unfilmable – the storylines and world of fables designed by Tolkien were far too complex. As a result, hardly anyone remembers the 1978 animated version and Amazon series “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” which told the story before “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” mostly failed with fans. Even Peter Jackson himself could nothobby‘ trilogy to the brilliance of its own creation.
But even in perfect films, the devil of error creeps in from time to time – or rather there is hardly a major film production that completely manages without connection errors or other omissions. An error of “‘ is particularly nasty because once discovered, it is able to completely destroy the viewer’s illusion – and nothing is more important in a fictional and visually stunning fantasy world like Middle-earth!
Relatively early in the nearly three-hour film, as we get to know the Shire, the camera follows a horde of children running after the carriage of Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Frodo (Elijah Wood). At this time it is better not to pay too much attention to the left edge of the image – because from minute 10 and 33 seconds it is clearly seen that not only the traces of the narrow wheels of the wagon are visible on the road, but also the profile of the tires. And of course, that shouldn’t even exist in a medieval world without technology!
You can clearly see the error here:
The tire marks are thought to be from the camera dolly, but they could also have been caused by another vehicle. The fact is that in this scene, the film crew clearly failed to cover the tracks of the modern world! But thank goodness Peter Jackson’s art of illusion is strong enough to make the audience forget in the very next scene that even Middle-earth is just a movie set at the end…
If you hit pause at 9 minutes and 38 seconds into Indiana Jones 2, you realize that the brilliant start isn’t perfect after all!
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