April 2001 Force of Hobbit Report - Funke miniatures, the film's in the Cannes and Sean Bean as Aragorn?

"Tiny Elven staircases wind around up each tree, leading to pod-like Elven dwellings. Windows are softly lit with fairy lights and covered with tulle to block our views of Elven interiors."

Elf pods? No, it's not an April Fool's Day joke. It's part of John Ford's interview with Alex Funke, Lord of the Rings's director of visual effects photography, part of this month's E! Online Force of Hobbit report.

  • On Location: A look at how 1:72 scale miniatures are used to film such enormous Middle-earth fortresses as Minas Tirith, Khazad-Dum, Rivendell, Orthanc, Caras Galadon and Cirith Ungol.
  • The Latest Word: New Line at the Cannes film festival, Sauron's encore performance, Jim Rygiel replaces Mark Stetson as visual effects supervisor.
  • Ask the Insider: The film trilogy will NOT feature The Hobbit, Sean Bean will NOT play Aragorn, and Val Kilmer will NOT play anybody.
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