More Frodo Screen caps coming up! -- a gorgeous set of Lothlorien Eyes. But, this time they are not from FotR itself, they are from the DVD "Extras"....
I thought I'd post a series of caps from which a favourite image comes, an image which I could never place in the finished films. Maewyn used it as a sig pic at TORc last year. "Where did you GET that from???" I had asked her, desperate to have a copy.
It was a very tight close-up, featuring The Eyes in extreme and glorious close-up. "Elvish" radiated from film-Frodo's face - a face beautiful and grave. His expression is one of perceptiveness, yet it also seems veiled. The lighting is so warm and dark, his eyes don't even look blue. They look like darkly gleaming orbs, like bottomless pools of luminous darkness. They are eyes into which I could fall and never stop falling.
As for the shot's origin, I thought Maewyn's screencap looked as though it came from 'Galadriel's Glade', but naturally coloured. The intense, magical blue grading they used for the "night time in Lothlorien" scenes had not been applied.
Looking through the DVD extras I saw that I had been right. But the shot came not from a TV special or a documentary, but from one of FotR's theatrical trailers, for heaven's sake! This face actually had been plastered all over movie screens before FotR came out. No wonder fans were in a frenzy!
These caps are from the first trailer on the disc, "Teaser One".
Actually, this disc of Extras has been a tremendous, unexpected boon to me, screencap-wise. Viewing it, I was thrilled to see so many familiar images in it, images I had seen forever in web galleries, but never having known where they came from.
Obviously, the "Extras" disc (which I had never owned) had to have been the source of a LOT of squeeing. Looking through the caps I made, it also struck me that the "Extras" were a gold mine for fanfic writers. I saw image after image that could have been illustrations for fanfics that were pouring out after FotR was released. The impact of that disc had to have been huge of the heated imaginations of fans.
Below, I will post my sequence of "Frodo of the Eyes Unfathomable". It begins with Frodo closing and opening his eyes, which is beyond exquisite. Ah, such lashes! The camera begins the shot very close, but it just keeps drawing nearer and nearer, as if echoing the viewers desire to enter into those mysterious depths.
(I could go on and on, as my readers know. This time, I'll let you provide the gushing descriptives. *grin*
Immediately below, I offer another little trip down Memory Lane. I have copied out a little inset article from a film book on LotR that I was browsing today at the library. In it, various co-stars talk about Elijah Wood's portrayal of Frodo:
Facets of Frodo
In creating Frodo, Tolkien may well have been thinging back to the First World War and the lads went on a terrible journey form which many never returned. Elijah reminds me of those statues of idealized young man on was memorials throughtout the world: more sublime than human and with the complexion of molten marble. He is simply terrific.
Elijah Wood will never grow old! With that almost Elfin face, he was Frodo. In his gentleness and sincerity -- and in his enormous enthusiasm as an actor -- he was simply perfect for the part.
Those remarkable, God-given eyes! That glorious, good-natured personality! Elijah's Frodo is a dazzling light in the doom and gloom of war and despair.
~ from The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy, by Brian Sibley, p. 153.
~ Caps from "Teaser One", from the TE FotR Extras:
Click HERE for table of Frodo and Elijah Wood Screencaps.