Peter Jackson: From Prince of Splatter to Lord of the Rings [NOOK Book]

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This fascinating look at the now celebrated director tells of the inspiration that have led to the making of the three world-famous Lord of the Rings films - and the six other films that preceded them. This unauthorized biography traces the journey of a young movie fanatic, from Sunday afternoons spent fooling around with a camera, through low-budget cult movies, to control of the most ambitious film project ever, on what is probably the ...
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Peter Jackson: From Prince of Splatter to Lord of the Rings

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Overview


This fascinating look at the now celebrated director tells of the inspiration that have led to the making of the three world-famous Lord of the Rings films - and the six other films that preceded them. This unauthorized biography traces the journey of a young movie fanatic, from Sunday afternoons spent fooling around with a camera, through low-budget cult movies, to control of the most ambitious film project ever, on what is probably the best-loved fantasy novel ever written.

This in-depth biography explores the many talents of the young Peter Jackson: the making of Bad Taste; Meet the Feebles; Braindead; Heavenly Creatures; Forgotten Silver; The Frighteners, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The story behind the Rings - which tells how Jackson got the rights to make the film and the permission and funding to make three films rather than collapsing the story into just one or two films, interviews, and other behind the scenes material from the making of the landmark films. Past and future - in which the author considers Jackson's achievements and possible future - including his remake of King Kong.

From casts of zombies, traumatised puppets and murderous teenagers, to deal-making in Hollywood, this book is about following one's visions wherever they might lead.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With a fan's obsessive detailing and a New Zealander's pride in his homegrown subject matter, Pryor paints a straightforward portrait of Lord of the Rings director Jackson, from his beginnings as an 8 mm-toting eight-year-old through his hit-and-miss efforts at quirky and comedic gore, to his years directing the beloved fantasy trilogy. On the heels of the final movie's record-tying 11-award win at the Academy Awards, this biography benefits both from its timing and the obvious enthusiasm Pryor brings to the topic. While at times veering into the hyperbolic, it does a fine job of explaining just what sort of character it takes for an unproven, hobbit-like director who rarely left New Zealand to persuade Hollywood to invest an estimated $320 million on a three-film package. The book suffers, however, from the author's obvious lack of access, which contributes to a secondhand characterization of Jackson, whose personality is revealed mostly through scraps from friends and family. In one particularly absurd chapter, Pryor is forced to sneak around the Rings set, Gollum-like, in order to get interesting enough (and barely that) descriptions of the production. Combined with a somewhat provincial New Zealander's perspective, that lack of proximity-weakly explained on the jacket as "unauthorized"-maims what could otherwise have been a fuller portrait. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Peter Jackson has been creating films and special effects since childhood. With his early films Meet the Feebles and Heavenly Creatures, he began his journey to iconic status. It is Jackson's visionary genius, of course, that is the essence of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (LOTR), winner of numerous awards (including a record-matching 11 Academy Awards) and top box-office receipts. Drawing on quotes from friends, co-workers, and Jackson himself (he conducted original interviews), Pryor, a New Zealand film journalist, has written the first biography of Jackson. He focuses on his subject's films rather than his personal life, discussing each flick but dedicating most of the text to LOTR. Pryor actually spied on the set, as did many other fans, creating security problems for the epic production. In humorous and quickly paced prose, Pryor recounts how Jackson developed his techniques and became involved with bringing to life his vision of Middle-earth; LOTR fans will thoroughly enjoy reading about the tremendous amount of work involved. The overwhelming response to LOTR has produced many books on the making of the movies, and this would be a wonderful addition to any collection. Recommended for all libraries; given the LOTR Oscar sweep, there may be considerable demand.-Rosalind Dayen, South Regional Broward Cty. Lib., Pembroke Pines, FL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466872608
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/3/2014
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • File size: 537 KB

Meet the Author


Ian Pryor has been writing about cinema, and interviewing actors and moviemakers, for more than fifteen years. His features about New Zealand films and filmmakers have appeared in publications in England, the United States, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.
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Table of Contents

Prologue: In a House by the Sea 6
1. The Lunatics Are Taking Over the Field 9
2. Beginnings 18
3. The Movie that Grew: Bad Taste 36
4. Not Your Everyday Average Creatures: Meet the Feebles 59
5. Beating the Curse of the Zombies: Dead Alive 87
6. The Undead on Set 99
7. A Different Kind of Murder: Heavenly Creatures 123
8. Putting It on Film 139
9. Empire-building: Forgotten Silver and the Birth of Weta 163
10. Finding Hollywood Without Really Looking: The Frighteners 181
11. The Political Animal 201
12. Finding the Ring 219
13. Roll Camera 239
14. Spies in Middle-earth 260
15. Unveiling the Ring 271
16. Past and Future 296
Epilogue: In a House by the Sea 313
Author's Note 315
Acknowledgements 317
Appendix 1 Movies in New Zealand 319
Appendix 2 Timeline
Appendix 3 Filmography
Appendix 4 Inspirations and Influences
Appendix 5 Movies As Yet Unmade
Bibliography
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