Realising Middle-earth: Production design and film technology

Cubitt, Sean (2008) Realising Middle-earth: Production design and film technology. In, Margolis, Harriet, Cubitt, Sean, King, Barry and Jutel, Thierry (eds.) Studying the Event Film: The Lord of the Rings. Manchester, GB, Manchester University Press, 185-191.


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Tolkien’s hatred of industrialisation comes through in the ?repits of Isengard. Yet the ?lms depend on the use of and innovation in new media technologies, and much of our viewing pleasure comes from appreciating the craft that has gone into them. We watch entranced by a double magic: the fascination of illusion, and the fascination of how it has been achieved. The contest between the dark arts and white magic in the ?lm is, among other things, a parable about the uses of technology.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 9780719071980 (hardback)
0719071984 (hardback)
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Art
ePrint ID: 179901
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Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2011 14:11
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:35

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