The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, the massive new Prime Video series is streaming today with the first two episodes.
In recent months there has been a lot of talk about the numbers of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Powerthe massive new TV series based on the famous fantasy saga by JRR Tolkien available from today on Prime Video with the first two episodes. In particular, he discussed the absurd figure for a television production invested by Amazon to make these first 8 episodes: over 700 million dollars, plus another 250 for the rights. Many of this money was used for the realization of the many visual effects, now quantified in detail by Variety.
The visual effects of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
More than 20 studios specialized in the production of visual effects and 1,500 artists, coming from all over the world, joined forces and ideas to create the mega-series of Prime Video. Studios such as Industrial Light & Magic, Weta FX and DNEG, just to name a few, have given shape to around 9,500 visual effects (VFX) that have involved just as many shots.
The visual effects producer Ron Ames said the first eight hours of the series (it is rumored that Amazon has at least four more seasons in the works) were designed to be played as a single cinematic experience: “Our focus was on the 65-inch home screen. but we made it so that technically it could work beautifully on anything, even an IMAX screen. ” As for the research of the studios, Ames explained that the goal was not so much about who could do the work but to ensure that everyone could come together and work cohesively to deliver the show they were asked to make. “It wasn’t hard to get people to work on the show,” she added. “It was about finding the right partner and deciding who should do what, how to work together.”
In the stormy seas of the Belegaer
Viewers can understand the complexity of the enterprise from the first two episodes available today on Prime Video, in which a sequence shows Galadriel and Halbrand (played by Morfydd Clark And Charlie Vickers) try to survive a violent storm as they cross the seas of Arda. This alone took weeks of work, with a focus on making the waves terrifying and violently strong. Ames explained that the two actors actually filmed the scene in an external water tank, while liters and liters of water were poured on them.
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Great attention has been paid to even the smallest visual effects. “Think of a scene where there’s a dwarf and an elf talking to each other; there’s a surprising methodology,” Ames said, pointing out that “the actors always came first. In those sequences, it was important to them that they looked into your eyes “. And that was the most important element for anyone who worked on the series: letting the interpretations drive the visual effects. “Interpretations and storytelling were first in every single case,” she concluded.