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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