Tolkien Documentary to Premiere on OU’s Campus - Tolkien fans in the OU (Oklahoma) area are in for a treat this weekend (3/9 and 3/11)!

The Oklahoma Daily
Isaac Childres

A discussion will follow each showing of The Making of The Lord of the Rings.

World-renowned filmmaker Costa Botes is taking a trip to OU this weekend to treat the campus to the world-premiere of his newest work, The Making of the Lord of the Rings.

A friend of Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, Botes followed the production of the trilogy and finished editing last week.

“It should open people’s eyes on how the hell to make a film like that,” film and video studies professor Andrew Horton said.

The documentary will encompass the creation of all three movies, which were filmed simultaneously.

There will be two screenings Monday along with a discussion of the film, at 6 and 8:30 p.m.

“He has a wonderful sense of curiosity,” Horton said of Botes. This helps a lot in the documentary filmmaking business.

Botes can do more than documentaries, however, working on movies, short films and one of his most famous, Forgotten Silver, a “mockumentary” of a fake filmmaker Botes did with Jackson.

“If you want to be a filmmaker, you have to do everything,” Horton said.

People from Hollywood and New York are coming to OU not only to see the world premiere, but also just to get the chance to meet the creator of Forgotten Silver, Horton said.

“When Hollywood comes to Norman, you know you’ve got something,” Horton said.

In addition to the discussions and screenings on Monday, Botes will be holding a workshop tomorrow entitled “How to Make Your Own Films Without a $300 Million Budget.” Referring to the budget of Lord of the Rings, Botes' workshop, will show students how to make short films.

“A lot of people are breaking into the movie biz by making shorts,” Horton said.

Horton said he hopes this will help students out, especially since the film and video studies program set up an agreement with one of the most widely known short film festivals in Clairmont, France. Soon, OU students will be able to send their own short films to the prestigious festival.

Horton also emphasized that Botes’ coming might also enhance the film culture of Oklahoma.

“Oklahoma is the same size and has the same population as New Zealand,” Horton said. “If a country like New Zealand can do this well, why not Oklahoma next?”

The short films workshop will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in 123 George Lynn Cross Hall. The cost is $10 for the public and $5 for OU students.

The screenings and discussions will be held in Meacham Auditorium. Tickets must be picked up in advance at 302 Old Science Hall . The tickets are free and no more than four will be given out for one person. The screening at 6 p.m. on Monday will be for OU students, faculty, and staff only. The 8:30 p.m. screening is open to everyone.

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