Forced perspective special effects in The Lord of the Rings (video)

A few neat videos on how filmmakers use “forced perspective” to make Gandalf huge and Frodo tiny in movies like the Hobbit. Interestingly, they’re not different clips strung together – rather they use perspective to make one character huge and the other small.

It’s the same technique people use when taking photos like this:

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The first clip isn’t embeddable, but shows you how they use forced serspective in Lord of the Rings.

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Then two clips further explaining how the technique is done, and showing some photo examples of the technique of forced perspective.


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  • SkippyFlipjack

    I should have said that differently — “dorks who bought all the DVDs and watched all the additional material” wonder how you missed it :)

    I didn’t watch that other video about the technique yesterday; thanks that was fun

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    I loved LOTR but never saw any of this. Then again, I don’t really watch “live tv” any more. I record stuff, or watch on demand etc

  • SkippyFlipjack

    Lord of the Rings fans are all wondering how you’re only just seeing this now since it was a big part of the press when the movies came out. Really cool stuff still.

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  • TonyT

    This stuff always blows my mind!

  • Fifi

    OOT and late, but as I haven’t seen it reported here, there’s been some ugliness at the Seattle PrideFest last Sunday

  • Monoceros Forth

    MST3K’s “Forced Perspective” skit:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDExzWlkDVE

    Too bad the perspective wasn’t the only thing forced in those Peter Jackson movies!

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