I really don’t know how to start this article out. Last week Joram, my friend who runs Ringbearer.org and I were having dinner and we got to talking about a lot of different things. One of the topics we covered was our impression of how the filming is going on and we were wondering what you guys in New Zealand thought about us guys who run these websites.
The reason I bring this up is that I know that there is a group of people who are very vocal about how great these movies are going to be. On the other hand there is a group of people who are very vocal about how much these movies are going to suck. The interesting thing is that those of us who run these sites dedicated to J.R.R Tolkien and the movies are encouraging both groups.
You need to look no further than our integrity petition to find people who are concerned. As of 10:00pm on Sunday, August 20, 2000 we have 16,269 people who have signed our Lord of the Rings Movie Integrity Petition. That is a lot of people who are concerned.
As far as people who are interested in these movies, I only need to look at our logs and see how many people are coming to our site on a daily basis to get the latest little morsel of alleged rumor. These are the vast and somewhat silent majority. They love what they hear and are excited to see their books appear in the theatre.
So what is the purpose of all this? I want you to know that I’m actually very pleased with most of the things that I have seen and heard. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not in the camp that thinks you can do no wrong. But I really want to take the time and post something that would really give you guys who are working really hard on these films a pat on the back.
So here it is, an article dedicated to all you hard working people who are spending several years of your life making our favorite stories come to life. Here’s to the guy who has been making chain mail for the last couple of years. Here’s to the people who are embroidering Quenya into the robes. Here’s to the prop masters who are keeping all those swords and armor from ending up on eBay. Here’s to the guys who are making the miniatures. Here’s to the stunt doubles, the body doubles, and the actors and actresses. Here’s to the special effect’s guys, the computer programmers, and all the amazing creative people who have the awesome job of creating the second, third, and fourth ages. Here’s to the writers, the linguists, and the dialogue coaches. Here’s to the directors, the AD’s and all the rest of the crew. Here’s to all the guys at New Line. And here is to all the guys who I forgot. You are probably much more important than all the other guys I’ve mentioned.
Thanks for making these movies. As I come to the end of this little article, I can’t find the words to express what I want to say. I guess that means I don’t have what it takes to be a writer. You guys have done a great job in insuring that the next 5 years of my life will be interesting. From the anticipation of these films, to the rumors that we get, to the bits and pieces we don’t post, to the pictures that are released that you wish we didn’t have to the ones that you really want us to have. All of this leading up to waiting in line, to the watching the movies for the first time, even watching the movies for the 10th time will be great. I just hope that what you get out of it will be as much as I will get out of it.
I ask several other webmasters to post their thoughts as well, I don’t know how many will, but make sure to make the rounds to the other sites and see if they have posted anything. As I get word of a webmaster posting an article, I will put a link to it here.