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What about costuming?
What about sets?
What will the battles be like?
What about weapons and armor?
The costume designer for the trilogy is Ngila Dickson, whose previous
credits include Peter Jacksons 1994 film Heavenly Creatures, as
well as the popular television series "Hercules: The Legendary
Journeys" and "Xena: Warrior Princess." Since the movies are set
in a fantasy world, costumes will play a large part in the overall look and
feel of the films themselves, so a lot of time, money, and effort will go into
their production. The costumes will be a blend
of Tolkiens own descriptions where available, patterns influenced by
actual historical periods (Renaissance, Viking, medieval, and so forth), and
good old fashioned imaginative design. According to E!Online's On Location reporter John Forde, "Dickson's costumes have a notable lack of fussiness and froufrou--just beautiful fabrics, neat tailoring and meticulous attention to detail. 'We've never tried to be fantastical,' she explains. 'Right from the beginning, Peter and Alan [Lee, Tolkien illustrator and LOTR's conceptual designer] wanted the costumes to look as real as possible.'" Several photographs of
characters in full production gear have become available, and they can be found in our news archives.
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Undoubtedly, one of the most crucial aspects of bringing Tolkiens work
to life on the screen will be the set design, as location and setting are
probably the most finely-detailed points of his work. And from the few glimpses
that have been shown to us so far, the work being done for these films is
massive, ingenious, and may well prove to be award-worthy in the future. The
production designer, an artist responsible for designing the overall visual
appearance of the movies, is Grant Major, whose previous credits include
Jacksons Heavenly Creatures and The Frighteners. The Art
Director, a craftsman who oversees and guides the building of the sets, is
Dan Hennah, who was also involved with The Frighteners, and the Set
Decoration, which involves decorating the sets with all furnishings (both indoor
and outdoor), is being performed by first-timer Tanea Chapman.