The Lord of The Rings is a three-part trilogy. The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of The King. The film that I chose to do this essay on is, The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship Ring. This film is an adventure fantasy that is set in the middle of the earth in a fantasy and fictional place called “Arda”.  The theme of the movie is more like a friendship and or bromance between Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee Frodo’s best friend.       This film is about a young hobbit by the name of Frodo Baggins who received a ring and unbeknownst to him, the ring is filled with evil and anyone who wears it will endure a great and evil presence. Gandalf which is a wizard and also Frodo’s friend found out that Frodo acquired the ring from one of his friend and informed him that that ring contained nothing but evil powers and that he had to destroy the ring in the fires of Mount Doom located in Mordor. Frodo starts his journey to Mordor however, Sam insists that he comes along to protect him. While Frodo and his eight companions including his best friend Samwise Gamgee, are on a journey to Mordor to destroy the ring, they come across many obstacles one including trying to save their lives from the Dark Lord Sauron who owns the ring due to forgery.        One of the major cinematic techniques used is this film is animation. Using creatures like fell beast, trolls, Ents amongst other fantasy creatures was created by using CGI. (Computer Generated Imagery). Designing fantasy creatures takes months of preparation and after they are approved they are scanned into computer software. While some of the creatures are animated others were somewhat animated. Actors such as Andy Serkis who plays Smeagol had to wear a costume that was thin, grey and tight, similar to a leotard and it has to have tiny sensors that covers his entire body including his face. The sensors are there to capture his every move so that the computer could create a 3D animated creature.   Another major cinematic technique for this film is the lighting. There are to major lighting techniques used in this film, which are low-key light and natural lighting. When using the low-key lighting it gives off a darker feel and produces shadows. Whereas natural lighting is used primarily for outdoor scenes. The lighting used in this film is important because of the setting of the film. This film is set in an old forest in the middle of the earth where electricity does not exist. So, with that, using heavy lighting will damage the films realness and feel.       Another major cinematic technique used in this particular film are camera angles. In this film forced perspective shots were used. That means that an optical illusion was used to make things look closer, bigger, and far away than they actually are. For example, Frodo looks much smaller than Gandalf when in reality they are just about the same size. This is happening because of the camera angle which gives off the illusion the Frodo is an actual hobbit. This is a great technique when you want to manipulate the audience into believing that these fantasy things can actually coexist.      In my opinion regarding the mise en scène, I think that every aspect of the film worked well with one another. From the Dark lord to the hobbits. My only objection to the film is the costumes. I feel as if the costumes could have been a little better. Giving the nature and the setting of the film I understand why their clothes where shabby however, the hobbits had no shoes and their feet were extremely hairy. I am not sure as to what a hobbit is actually supposed to look like as I have never seen on in real life but I am sure that they wore shoes no matter what decade they are in. None the less, I believe that the costumes were right on point for the setting of the film       I believe that some of the lighting in the film was a little off. For example, the fire scene with Sauron with Gandalf and in Mordor did not look realistic. The lighting was a little too bright, the fire looked more like light than a blazing fire. However, I do understand that this is a fantasy film, I just believe that there are minor adjustments that need to be made.  Overall, I believe that the actors, directors and film crew did an excellent job with creating this fantasy film. This is a film with a lot of suspense, adventure and action, one that keeps the audience on edge and wanting more. It is really no surprise why there are sequels. 


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